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WMST Thesis Schedule and Deadlines

Structure and Length of the Thesis

The required Women’s Studies senior essay or project is an opportunity to do independent research on a topic of your choice.  Your essay or project should ideally develop out of work done in courses, seminars, or field work.  While there are no formal page requirements, most theses are at least 50 pages.  The WMST Program also accepts final projects other than the traditional thesis with the advisers’ approval.  

Double Majors and the Thesis

Women’s Studies majors who are also majoring in another department or program may write either a 1-unit thesis in Women’s Studies or, with the agreement of advisers in both majors, a double thesis in which the student is registered for 1 unit in each of the two majors.  The specific requirements for a double thesis will need to be worked out with the advisers from Women’s Studies and the other department or program.   

If you would like to see previous WMST theses for guidance and inspiration, or have any general questions about the thesis, please email the Director, Barbara Olsen (OLB 311B, baolsen@vassar.edu)

Thesis Deadlines for the Class of 2017

Friday, September 16, 2016, 2-5 pm. LTRC. Research Services/Writing Center Thesis workshop.  Students will meet with our Library Liaison, Gretchen Lieb, and Writing Center director Matt Schultz to begin the process of research and bibliography development. Students should arrange a joint meeting with both advisers prior to this meeting.  At the workshop, students should bring an article or book that launched their interest in their thesis topic.

Friday, October 7, 2016, due to advisers by noon. Preliminary bibliography. This should consist of a review of major literature on students' topic.

Friday, October 21, 2016, due to advisers by noon. Thesis Proposal (ordinarily 5 pages).  Students should determine the specifics of the proposal in discussions with their advisers.  Proposals will ordinarily include a statement of the exact topic focus and a discussion of the thesis source base and methodological approaches.  THIS SUBMISSION IS THE FINAL ASSIGNMENT FOR WMST 299 (THESIS PREPARATION).  THE GRADE ON THE PROPOSAL IS FINAL AND WILL APPEAR ON YOUR TRANSCRIPT.

Return date: Friday,  November 4, advisers return comments.

Friday, November 18, 2016, due to advisers by noon. Thesis outline and expanded bibliography

Friday, December 9, 2016, due to advisers by 12 noon. Draft of one entire chapter, and the revised bibliographyConsult your advisers about the specifics of this assignment. 

Return date: Monday January 2, 2017 advisers return comments by mail/email and submit a PROVISIONAL WMST 301 grade.  This grade for WMST 301 may change depending on the final grade of the thesis. 

Friday, March 10, 2017, due to advisers by noon. Thesis draft due.  After this date, no other written material will receive comments from advisers. 

Return date: Monday, April 3, advisers return comments.  

Friday, April 14, 2017, Final Thesis due.  Students submit hard copies to both advisers and another copy in a black binder to Sheila Stukes in the WMST Office, OLB 311A, by noon.  Place a label on the front of the binder listing the author, title, and your class year. 

Thursday, April 21, 2017, Women’s Studies Thesis Presentation Dinner 

Monday, May 8, 2017, Advisers return theses and comments to Sheila Stukes for students to collect and submit final grade for WMST 301-302.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 Thesis Dinner 

Structure and Length of the Thesis

The required Women’s Studies senior essay or project is an opportunity to do independent research on a topic of your choice.  Your essay or project should ideally develop out of work done in courses, seminars, or field work.  While there are no formal page requirements, most theses are at least 50 pages.  The WMST Program also accepts final projects other than the traditional thesis with the advisers’ approval. 

Double Majors and the Thesis

Women’s Studies majors who are also majoring in another department or program may write either a 1-unit thesis in Women’s Studies or, with the agreement of advisers in both majors, a double thesis in which the student is registered for 1 unit in each of the two majors.  The specific requirements for a double thesis will need to be worked out with the advisers from Women’s Studies and the other department or program.   

If you would like to see previous WMST theses for guidance and inspiration, or have any general questions about the thesis, please email the Director, Barbara Olsen (OLB 311B, baolsen@vassar.edu)