Honors Work in Women’s and Gender Studies

Honors Work in Women’s and Gender Studies

The Honors Program is designed as an opportunity for highly academically  motivated student, many of whom are bound for graduate school, to complete two semesters of intensive research and writing on a research topic of the students’ choice related to Women’s and Gender Studies. The student is supervised and supported by a faculty committee comprised of the Honors Project advisors (typically a member of the WGS faculty and two additional faculty members) with expertise in the selected topic area.

Students who successfully complete both semesters of work (typically this means writing an extensive research proposal backed by a literature review in the Fall and the completion of all research and the writing of the full paper in the Spring), and receive a grade of A or A- on the final paper will be awarded department Honors and publically recognized at the Honors Convocation. In the last weeks of the Spring, Honors candidates participate  in a campus-wide advertised WGS Honors Conversation during which the student presents her/his research, and fields questions and comments.

To be eligible for Honors work, a student must 1) be a Women’s and Gender Studies major, 2) have completed no less than 21 credits (7 courses) of WGS coursework, 3)have a WGS GPA of 3.3 or higher, 4) have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Interested students should fist speak with their departmental advisor to explore possible topics, advisor, and committee members.


Selected List of Women’s and Gender Studies Honors papers:

"Gender in STEM: An Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Feminist Ethnography" (Michelle Chouinard, 2016)

“Bawdy Bodies: The Burlesque Revival” (Natalia Cooper, 2005)

“Challenges of Implementing a Batterer Intervention Program in a Correctional Facility” (Amanda Greene, 2005)

“A Matter of Fists and Feathers: Sexuality and the Gendered Construction of Cuban Nation, 1959-1971” (Daniel Rodriguez, 2004)

“The Limits of Transnational Human-rights Oriented Activism in Opposing Honor Killings” (Sabah Uddin, 2001)

“In Strength and Struggle: Lessons from the Battered Women’s Movement” (Claire MacNeill, 2000)

“The Politics of Identity: Exploring Concepts of Bisexuality” (Christa Lyons, 1998)

“The Battered Women’s Movement and Its Impact on Police Practice” (Atsuko Takakura, 1998)

“Quilting Women: A Study of Quilting’s Place in the Contemporary Culture” (Jackie Cornog, 1997)