The Department of Gender Studies offers in-depth tutorial guidance to advanced students who wish to pursue honors research and thesis writing.
Outstanding students majoring in gender studies who are interested in departmental honors should submit an application to the department no later than the second semester of the junior year. To be eligible for the honors track, a student must first complete at least 15 credits of Gender Studies courses with a minimum GPA of 3.500, and must also have a 3.300 GPA overall. Students must have approval from the director of undergraduate studies or chairperson to be eligible for the honors track and must maintain these grade point averages in order to receive departmental honors. Starting at least two semesters prior to graduation, and after completing the requirements listed for eligibility, students must successfully complete a course of research reading (G495) and a senior honors thesis (G499) with a grade of B or higher in each course. A faculty sponsor of the student's choice (and with permission of the director of undergraduate studies or chairperson) will serve as a mentor. Students must fill out the appropriate application form and obtain the faculty mentor's signature as well as the approval of the director of undergraduate studies or chair before registering for G495 and G499.
In summary, students must:
- Maintain a 3.500 GPA in gender studies
- Maintain a 3.300 GPA overall
- Complete all requirements for major and degree
- Apply for departmental honors no later than the second semester of the junior year
- Take G495 and G499 consecutively during the senior year, earning grades of B or higher in each course
- Research and write an honors thesis which earns a grade of B or higher
Interested students should consult with the undergraduate academic advisor.