WOMENSTD 491 - Honors Thesis
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
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). 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.

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 Academic term, 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 academic term. 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 WOMENSTD 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 Second Reader

The second reader of the thesis is a faculty member chosen jointly by the student and the thesis advisor by the end of the fall semester of the senior year. The second reader need not be affiliated with the Women's Studies Program, but his or her area of expertise should be relevant to the thesis topic. The contribution of the second reader may vary, but the student should consult with the second reader while s/he is writing the thesis, and the second reader should comment on thesis drafts as well as contribute to the final evaluation of the thesis.

Completing the Honors Thesis

The thesis is to be submitted to both the thesis advisor and the second reader no later than the last day of classes in the term in which the student intends to graduate. (Graduating seniors will have already submitted their Honors Concentration Release form, Honors Card, and diploma application to the Honors Program, and completed a distribution worksheet with a General Advisor.) The student should also submit three copies of the thesis, with a cover sheet that includes the thesis title, student name, thesis advisor name and telephone number, and second reader name to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Women's Studies for the Undergraduate Committee.

The thesis advisor and the second reader determine whether the thesis should receive an Honors notation and may recommend what kind of notation it should receive. The faculty members of the Undergraduate Committee will read all theses that have been deemed worthy of an Honors notation and assign a notation of "Honors," "High Honors," or "Highest Honors," to each one. Not more than one week after graduation the Director of Undergraduate Studies will inform the student, the advisor, and the second reader of the Honors notation the thesis has been awarded. The Director of Undergraduate Studies then forwards the student name, thesis title, and Honors notation to the Honors Program.

The Honors notation is recorded on the student's diploma and transcript. There will be no notation on the diploma or transcript if the student receives no honors.

The student should provide one bound copy of the thesis to be kept on file in the Women’s Studies Program Office.

WOMENSTD 491 - Honors Thesis
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