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WGST Foundational Courses

Course No Title Description TCU Core Curriculum and other attributes Offered
WGST 20003 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies This course will serve as an interdisciplinary introduction to Women and Gender Studies, focusing on major issues and theories, for which gender and sexuality provide the unifying themes. The interactive curriculum emphasizes threshold concepts in the field of women's, gender, and sexuality studies: the social construction of gender, sex, and sexuality; privilege and oppression; intersectionality; and feminist praxis. Readings, service learning projects, and assignments facilitate discussion and understanding of differences in gender, race, ethnicity, age, class, sexuality, ability, and additional social identities. CA or CSV Every semester
WGST 30193 Queer Theories This course will serve as an introduction to the diverse theories, political movements, histories, identities, and arts that could be called queer. In this class, students will utilize queer theories to better understand and respond to the complex systems of marginalization, violence, and privilege that organize our social worlds today and to better understand our own positionality within those systems. WEM, CRES attribute Every fall
WGST 30203 Social Justice Organizing & Activism This interdisciplinary course examines diverse gender justice movements from an intersectional perspective, emphasizing how intersecting social identities (race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, citizenship status, etc.) impact the experience of systemic oppressions and thus should shape the political interventions employed in the name of social justice. The course incorporates empirically grounded and theoretical scholarship from multiple disciplines to consider diverse methods of social action on the local and/or global levels. Students will examine the practical and logistical concerns of doing intersectional activism and develop skills for building consensus across difference.
Prerequisites: Any WGST-prefix or attribute course OR any CRES-prefix or Primary attribute course OR SOWO 10833
CRES attribute Every fall
WGST 30303 Feminisms of Color An interdisciplinary course exploring the feminist theories, traditions, activisms, discourses, and praxes of women of color in a US context. Using an intersectional approach, the course examines how race, class, gender, sexuality, citizenship status, ability, religion, and other markers of identity create complex systems of marginalization in the lives of women of color in the United States. Students will analyze the contributions US women of color have made to contemporary feminist thought and how these theories have influenced their activism. Prerequisites: Any WGST-prefix or attribute course OR any CRES-prefix or primary attribute course. CRES attribute Every spring (some falls)
WGST 30403 Transnational Gender & Sexuality This interdisciplinary course considers the fundamental place of gender and sexuality in shaping a range of cultural narratives and examines how various movements related to gender and sexuality have been constructed, contextualized, and regulated in different parts of the world. The course analyzes the gendered dimensions of complex phenomenon such as colonialism, globalization, and capitalism and situates liberal Western feminism’s history and contemporary articulation within global systems of power. Students will develop an analytical framework for examining the intersections of social justice, transnational identities, and feminism. CRES attribute Every spring
WGST 30503 Foundations in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies This upper division course will consider the history, theories, and methodologies of the field; trace significant feminist, queer, and gender studies histories; and explore the impact these diverse traditions have on praxis in a variety of settings (activist, professional, political, interpersonal). It will emphasize critical thinking, reading, and writing and assume a high level of student discussion. WEM Every spring
WGST 30903 Special Topic in WGST Topic, method, and theme will vary from semester to semester.   Varies
WGST 30973 Directed Study in WGST Prerequisite: permission of instructor.   Individually determined
WGST 30990 International/Residential Study This course represents credit earned through a semester study abroad experience with an institution or program with which Texas Christian University has an official agreement to accept credit. The site and specific content will be identified on the official transcript. Courses appearing on a student´s official transcript have been included in the student´s grade point average.   Individually determined
WGST 31003 Junior Honors Seminar Independent projects on a topic relevant to Women & Gender Studies. Focus of project to be determined in consultation with WGST affiliate faculty member. Students must have junior standing as a WGST minor and be enrolled in the Honors College.   Individually determined
WGST 40003
Spring semester ONLY
Advanced Seminar in Women and Gender Studies Prerequisite: WGST 20003 or any two courses approved for the minor/emphasis in Women and Gender Studies. This course explores research, theory, praxis, and activism in the field of women and gender studies. Students read classic and contemporary works and complete a theorized research, creative, or activist project employing feminist methodologies.


NOTE: This course will no longer be offered after spring 2021.

WEM Individually determined
WGST 41003 Senior Honors Seminar Independent projects on a topic relevant to Women & Gender Studies. Focus of project to be determined in consultation with WGST affiliate faculty member. Students must have senior standing as a WGST minor and be enrolled in the Honors College.   Individually determined
WGST 40503 Senior Capstone Project/Thesis This course is designed for students completing the BA, BS, or minor in Women & Gender Studies. WEM Every spring
WGST 49003 Internship in Women and Gender Studies Internships (usually local in Tarrant County) arranged with the consent of the Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program for declared minors, taken on a strictly Pass/No Credit basis. (3 semester hours)
For further assistance exploring possibilities, also contact your career advisor at 817-257-2222 and see FrogJobs for a current list of open opportunities.
  Individually determined
WGST 50103 Feminist/Queer Inquiry This interdisciplinary course considers key concepts in contemporary feminist theories as they are applied in praxis. Drawing on readings from a range of feminist scholarly traditions, students carry out inquiry projects grounded in key historical trends and social issues linked to the study of gender and sexuality in varying cultural contexts.


Prerequisites: Senior in WGST program or graduate student status.

  Every fall
WGST 60003 Graduate Colloquium in Feminist Theories and Methodologies (BRIT 90003/ENGL 80123) This course aims to provide graduate students with a thorough grounding in the basics of feminist theory since the early modern period. We will cover the major themes of education, biological determinism vs. social constructivism, feminist analysis, psychoanalysis, and language theory, as well as other approaches specific to disciplinary background (visual, historical, literary analysis).   Every spring
WGST 60973 Directed Study in WGST For graduate students enrolled in the Women & Gender Studies Certificate program, with approval from the chair of WGST.   Individually determined