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Interdisciplinary Critical Studies

Established in Fall 2017, Interdisciplinary Critical Studies is a new unit that brings together five programs in the College of Liberal Arts: Africana Studies (AFST), Film and Media Studies (FILM), Latino/a and Mexican American Studies (LMAS), Religious Studies (RELS), and Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST). Each of these programs is interdisciplinary in that they draw on a variety of theories, methods, practices, and approaches to illuminating modern and historical problems. Each is critical in that they focus on critiquing common approaches to these problems. Further, they engage critical thinking skills as a central part of the curriculum at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Over 100 faculty are engaged in the programs in Interdisciplinary Critical Studies. They come from departments around the College and across the University. Our scholarship draws on qualitative, quantitative, textual, and historical analysis. Our programs address questions about power, institutions and structures, cultural production, identity, intersectionality and oppression, and social and civic responsibility and rights. Faculty research addresses a wide variety of topics including: immigration at the US-Mexico border, women’s health, LGBTQ rights, freedom movements, the environment, war, and sports.

Across ICS, we have one major (BA in WGST), five minors (all programs), and four graduate certificates (AFST, FILM, LMAS, WGST). Additionally, our courses serve as the backbone for three undergraduate university studies degrees: BA in Religious Thought, Practices, and Cultures, and the BA  and BS in Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (link to: ).


BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 6 pm, the Queen theater in Bryan will show a double feature concerning the African American community and the horror film genre.

For decades, the horror film genre has depicted African Americans as monsters, antagonists, or disposable characters.

Enter Jordan Peele and Robin R. Means Coleman. Peele, widely known for his critically acclaimed horror films like "Get Out" and "Us," has been a pioneer for a more modern horror genre that features African Americans in leading protagonist roles. Coleman penned the book "Horror Noire" an examination of the African American community and the horror film genre. The book was adapted for the big screen in a film that Jordan Peele produced.

Both of those films will be screened at the Queen Theatre on Sunday evening.

In addition, Ya'Ke Smith's "Katrina's Son," a short film about Hurricane Katrina victims, will also be screened.

Watch the complete interview in the player.

Original video and article appeared on KBTX TV website here.

Emergency Contact Information in Response to COVID-19

Posted March 23, 2020

According to directives from the Provost, Bolton Hall will be locked until further notice. Emergency Contact Information is as follows: Building:                                          Bolton Hall Department:                                   Interdisciplinary Critical Studies (composed of AFST, Africana Studies; FILM Film Studies; LMAS, Latino/a and Mexican American Studies; RELS, Religious Studies; and WGST, Women’s and Gender Studies) Emergency Contact:                    Annette Jackson, […]

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Double Feature: Us and Horror Noire

Posted November 12, 2019

Africana Studies and Film Studies will be sponsoring a double feature screening of Us and Horror Noire on February 9, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the Queen Theatre, Bryan, Texas. Prior to the double feature screening Katrina’s Son will be shown, introduction by Dr. Ya’Ke Smith.  

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8 1/2 Film Screening 2/2/2020, Lecture by Dr. Alessandro Carrera 2/3/2020

Posted November 11, 2019

Join the Film Studies Program and the Department of International Studies in celebrating the Fellini Centenary this February with two exciting events. On February 2nd, we will be offering free tickets to the first 100 people who contact us for a screening of Federico Fellini’s cinematic masterpiece “8 ½”. A must on the big screen, […]

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Dr. Alain Lawo-Sukam to be Distinguished Scholar and Writer at Hofstra University

Posted November 4, 2019

Hofstra University, The Center for Race, Culture, and Social Justice presents the Fall 2019 Distinguished African Scholars and Writers Series Program with Dr. Alain Lawo-Sukam on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, and Thursday, November 21, 2019. Dr. Alain Lawo-Sukam, who comes from Cameroon, is an associate professor of Africana studies and Hispanic studies at Texas A&M […]