Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Honors offers the opportunity for motivated majors to engage in intensive interaction with faculty members and to complete engaging and challenging individual research projects that will further their personal and professional goals as they relate to women, gender, and sexuality studies and issues. All honors students are supervised by the program director, while they are mentored by a selected faculty mentor on their individual projects.
Application to the Major: To be selected for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program honors the student must have senior standing and a minimum general and women studies major/program grade point average of 3.50. Eligible students will receive a letter of invitation to apply for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program honors during spring of their junior year.
Completion of the Major: During senior year, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program honors students will take the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies honors course sequence (WGST 4770 for three credits in fall quarter; WGST 4780 for four credits in winter quarter; WGST 4790 for three credits in spring quarter) under the direction of their faculty mentor, while their overall honors program is supervised by the program director. The 10 credits earned in this program honors sequence are in addition to the 55 credits required to earn a major in women, gender, and sexuality studies. Expectations of students selected for program honors include completing an honors thesis on an original topic related to women, gender, and sexuality studies issues. Students who commit themselves to program honors must complete their thesis project with a minimum grade of A- and present their projects orally on a date and time to be determined by the Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Honors Project Coordinator. Students who complete program honors must earn 65 credits in courses that meet Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies requirements (10 more than the usual major requirement and earn a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.50).