About Departmental Honors

Undergraduate students majoring in WGSS or Human Sexuality can earn departmental honors by producing an honors thesis that is pertinent to the field of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. 

What is an Honors Thesis?

An honors thesis is a piece of original research or other project that is supervised by a WGSS faculty member over two semesters and approved by a by a three-member thesis committee. In most cases, the result will be a written document of some length, but this could vary depending on the topic and what the student and thesis advisor agree on. 

Eligibility

Students must have a 3.5 GPA in their WGSS or Human Sexualty major.

Course Requirements 

Students must take 6 credit hours of honors thesis work (3 hours per semester for 2 semesters). They must earn an A or B in the first semester and an A the second.

To complete these hours, students can enroll in:

  • WGSS 498: Independent Study in WGSS
  • WGSS 499: Honors in WGSS 

                               or

  • WGSS 498: Independent Study in WGSS
  • WGSS 601: Senior Capstone

                               or

  • Two Honors Research courses or two Independent Studies in another department

Students should work with their honors thesis advisor to decide which course credits are most appropriate for their project.


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