WOMENSTD 490 - Honors Thesis
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Honors, Independent
Credit Exclusions:
Credit is granted for a combined total of six credits of WOMENSTD 490 and 491.
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Senior Honors Women's Studies concentrators.
Other Course Info:
(Reading/Research Course). Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of WOMENSTD 491, the final grade is posted for both term’s elections. F, W, Sp, Su.
May not be repeated for credit.

WOMENSTD 490 and 491 should be elected during the senior year by students writing Honors theses. Students may elect between 2 and 6 credits over the course of the academic year.

The Honors Thesis

The thesis may take a variety of forms, for example: an activism project, a research project, or a creative or performance piece. Whatever the form of the thesis, it must include a piece of scholarly writing that reflects the student’s engagement with Women’s Studies. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Women’s Studies Program, the honors thesis advisor has the responsibility of determining the appropriate methodology, length, and format of the thesis, based on disciplinary norms and expectations. These expectations should be established clearly, and the specific plans for the thesis (kind of supervision and form of thesis) should be discussed and agreed upon by the thesis advisor and the student early on.

Selection of an appropriate thesis advisor is crucial to the success of the Honors thesis. Only members of the Women’s Studies faculty may serve as Honors thesis advisors in Women’s Studies. Go to http://www.lsa.umich.edu/women/about/facultyalpha.htm for faculty listings.

During the senior year, honors concentrators register for WOMENSTD 490 the first term and WOMENSTD 491 the second term. In these independent study courses they conduct the research and writing for the thesis under the close faculty supervision of the thesis advisor. . At the beginning of the Fall Semester, the student should provide the thesis advisor with a Plan of Study that includes 1) a research proposal, 2) a list of research and writing goals for the Fall semester 3) a research schedule indicating when and how the student will accomplish his/her research and writing goals, and 4) a preliminary bibliography. The advisor should approve the plan of study no later than the 3rd week of the semester. At the end of the semester, both the student and the thesis advisor will submit reports on the student’s progress to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for review.

To register for 490 and 491 the student should submit the independent study form signed by the thesis advisor to the Women’s Studies office staff. The staff will then add an electronic override and the student may register for the course the following business day.

The student may receive a "Y" grade in WOMENSTD 490 until the thesis is completed. In the case of a “Y” grade, the thesis advisor submits a Supplemental Grade Report when the thesis is completed or the student formally exits the Honors Program.

WOMENSTD 490 - Honors Thesis
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