Created By: Texas A&M University
The Century Tree is a live oak over 100 years old, one of the first trees planted on the A&M campus. The Aggie Traditions website explains that the Century Tree is also home to one of A&M’s most treasured traditions. The site of numerous marriage proposals, tradition suggests that a couple who walks under the tree together will eventually marry. Like some other Aggie traditions (kissing—or “mugging down”—after touchdowns at football games), the tradition of romance associated with the Century Tree is heteronormative. Heteronormative discourses construct a masculine/feminine binary in which men and women are understood to be complementary and position heterosexuality as the norm rather than one sexual choice among many. University campuses—like all public spaces--are geographies of sexual space where sexual norms are produced and maintained; under the Century Tree, heterosexual romance blossoms but other romantic scripts remain outside of Aggie tradition.
 “Century Tree.” http://www.tamu.edu/traditions/aggie-culture/century-tree/
 Phil Hubbard, “Here, There, Everywhere: The Ubiquitous Geographies of Heteronormativity.” Geography Compass, 2/3, 2008: 640-658.
This point of interest is part of the tour: History of Women at Texas A&M University