Students wishing to pursue the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality Honors Program will complete a research-based thesis under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students wishing to undertake an honors thesis should confirm their eligibility with the SWGS Director of Undergraduate Studies (major advisor) in the spring of their junior year. Requirements for admission to the program are:
• a major in SWGS
• a cumulative Rice G.P.A. at the end of the junior year of at least 3.0
• a SWGS program G.P.A. of at least 3.5
The process of preparing the thesis begins in the spring of the junior year, when the student chooses an advisor from the SWGS faculty and with that advisor produces a proposal for a research project. The proposal must be approved by the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality major advisor by the last day of the exam period in the spring of the junior year.
In the fall of the senior year, students enroll in SWGS 498 for directed research supervised by a CSWGS faculty affiliate and are in regular consultation with their advisors.
In the spring of the senior year, students enroll in SWGS 499 and work closely with their advisors as they complete the thesis. Honors students present their projects in a public event at the end of the semester.
The length and content of the thesis is to be coordinated with the student’s faculty advisor, but generally honors theses are between 40-50 double-spaced pages in length. The bibliography and theoretical apparatus of the thesis must demonstrate an informed engagement with feminist, gender and sexuality studies.
Students who wish to undertake an honors thesis in both SWGS and another discipline in which they are majoring (e.g. Anthropology, Biology, English) can do so. In that case, the thesis will be approximately twice the length and will include substantive engagements with SWGS as well as the other discipline. Two faculty advisors are recommended (one to consult on SWGS materials and the other to give guidance per the other discipline). Students would register for SWGS 498 and SWGS 499 as well as the honors courses in the other discipline in order to complete this dual honors thesis.
Previous Honors Theses
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.