Jul 02, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Website https://www.umb.edu/academics/cla/women
Office Wheatley Hall, 5th Floor, Room 4A
Department Chair Chris Bobel, PhD
  Wheatley Hall, 5th Floor, Room 9

Departmental Honors

For majors who are highly academically motivated and considering graduate work, the department offers the opportunity to design and complete an extensive research paper (undergraduate thesis) under the supervision of one of the women’s studies faculty. Admission to honors work (generally in the senior year) requires an overall grade point average of 3.0 or at least 3.3 in the major. In addition, eligible students must have completed at least 18 hours of women’s studies coursework. Successful completion of two semesters of honors work is recognized at the university’s honors convocation, and on the transcript.

Applicants for honors apply to the department chair. Admission is dependent on the student’s finding an appropriate faculty advisor willing to supervise the work. Students admitted to do honors work plan to take a two-semester sequence of honors tutorials (WGS 498  and 499 ).

WGS 498 consists of intensive directed literature review and research on the student’s chosen topic, under the close supervision of a faculty advisor who evaluates the work. In WGS 499, the student completes a substantial honors paper based on the first semester’s research, and presents the research results before an honors committee to be appointed by the department chair. The committee together with the student’s faculty advisor evaluates the honors project. The student receives three credits for each semester of honors work, and each semester’s work is graded separately. To qualify for departmental honors, the student must 1) successfully complete both semesters of honors work, 2) complete and present the paper to the committee, and 3) receive an evaluation of high distinction for the project.