Students wishing to pursue an Honors option complete a thesis instead of or in addition to the Seminar and Practicum. The process of preparing the thesis begins in the late spring of the junior year.
In that spring semester, the student chooses an advisor from the CSWGS faculty, and with that advisor produces a proposal for a research project. The proposal must be approved by the CSWGS Undergraduate Advisor by the last day of the exam period in the spring of the junior year.
In the fall of the senior year, the student enrolls in SWGS 498, the CSWGS Honors Research course in which senior majors come together several times a semester as a research group facilitated by a SWGS faculty affiliate. Students work on their research projects in consultation with their advisors, then report on that project in the group. The final requirement of the course is a detailed outline of the project as well as a polished sample section.
In the spring of the senior year, the student enrolls in SWGS 499, an independent study with the advisor, in order to complete the research. Along with other participants in 498/499, the student presents the project at a meeting of CSWGS faculty and majors.
The theses written in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality range across a number of topics, and reflect critical engagements with social structures and categories of class, race, sexuality, gender, age, and faith. Please click the image below to see the full list of past theses.