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First WGS Undergraduate Degrees Awarded at the University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2008

Posted: December 18, 2008
Rebecca Villarreal
B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies, 2008

I started out at UT as a Japanese Language and Culture major. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do at the time, and I was interested in Japan, but after taking a few courses that were cross-listed with Anthropology I decided I was more interested in culture in general. I think that most people spend at least part of their time in college exploring their identities in the context of the world as they discover it's a bigger place than they might have imagined it was in high school.

For me this exploration was a big deal because as a nerdy, queer, third-generation immigrant, punk-rock Chicana I've never really known where I belong or what I should aspire to be like. I switched my major to Anthropology in my second year and added on Women's and Gender studies as a minor because I wanted to learn more about the intersections of ide
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