Part 1 and Part 2 of Honors Program

Students Accepted into Part I of the GSF Honors Program 

  •  Are expected to enroll in a GSF honors independent study course with the thesis advisor for fall of senior year (GSF 493).
  • Are expected to complete preliminary library or other research work in the summer before the senior year, typically a literature review or field or archival research guided by the instructions of the primary thesis advisor. Note: The faculty supervisor is expected to meet with the mentee at the end of spring to agree in writing on the nature of the summer work.
  • Are expected to submit to the thesis supervisor a written summary of the summer research, including findings and logistical, methodological or intellectual questions that have arisen by early SeptemberNote: The faculty supervisor is expected to meet with the student by mid-September to provide feedback and direction and agree on a written work and meeting plan for the remainder of the fall term. The focus of research is often reoriented or sharpened in this meeting.
  • Are expected to submit one chapter draft of the thesis and one other written assignment by early December of senior year – one of the chapter drafts fulfills the requirement for a research paper in the fall GSF Senior Seminar, whose instructor provides assignment guidelines applicable to all GSF seniors, and the second  assignment is written for the Independent Study with the thesis advisor. These may be drafts of two body chapters, the introduction chapter and a body chapter, or a chapter and an additional extended writing assignment completed with the advisor.
  • Are evaluated by mid-December by the thesis advisor to determine whether they will continue in the honors program based on the quality and substance of work submitted by early December and their commitment to continue. The thesis advisor will consult with the instructor of the Senior Seminar and the Director of the Honors Program or the DUS before finalizing this determination.
  • Will receive a grade from the thesis supervisor for quality of work completed in fulfillment of the requirements in GSF 493 that is finalized in December or the following May, depending on when the research project is completed.
  • Are encouraged to work with the thesis advisor to solicit a second faculty reader, preferably from a different discipline, at any point in the process, and expected to consult with them no later than mid-December.

NOTE: Students who do not meet one of the above expectations may make a case for an exception in writing to the Director of the Honors Program, who has discretion to grant such an exception in consultation with relevant faculty.

Students Invited to Continue in Part II of the GSF Honors Program

  • Are expected to enroll in a GSF honors independent study course with the thesis advisor in spring of senior year (GSF 494). Notes: The faculty supervisor is expected to meet with the mentee to agree in writing on expectations for spring; only one of the two independent study courses completed for GSF honors may count toward the ten courses to complete the GSF major.
  • Are expected to complete a thesis by early April based on original research and engagement with relevant scholarly sources. A common model is three body chapters and an introduction and conclusion. The final work should be informed by relevant gender and sexuality theories and scholarship. If the thesis is an extended academic paper, the introduction and body chapters are usually each in the range of 5,000 to 7,000 words in length. The conclusion chapter is typically shorter, about 5 to 10 double-spaced pages. Students pursuing theses that include unconventional research outputs, such as creative or artistic works, performances, and digital exhibits, should consult with their thesis advisor early in the process about how best to present their scholarship as a thesis.
  • Are expected to present their work in a public forum in April.