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Honors Program

The Honors Program provides Women’s Studies and Gender and Health majors the opportunity to complete a comprehensive, original research project as a culmination of their undergraduate studies. Composed under the guidance of a Women’s Studies faculty member, the thesis is researched and written during students’ junior and senior years. Theses can take a number of forms, including activism work, research projects, or creative/performance pieces, but all projects include a significant piece of scholarly writing.

Students considering honors are encouraged to begin discussing their interests with a Women’s Studies advisor during their sophomore year. An Honors Information Session for sophomores and junior majors will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2:00-3:00 in 2239 Lane Hall.  Please come if you can! The honors application is due mid-November of students’ junior year, and the program begins in the subsequent semester. 

How to Apply

Students in the Class of 2020 should submit the following materials by November 12, 2018:

  • The Honors application available on the honors webpage.
  • A copy of your academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable).
  • A brief description of your proposed thesis, up to one page. This can be a tentative idea of what you would like to do for your honors thesis.
  • A paper you wrote for a class at U-M that represents your best work (ideally a minimum of 7 pages in a 12-pt font, double spaced.)

The application will be reviewed by the faculty members of the Women’s Studies Undergraduate Committee. The student will be notified of the decision within three weeks of submission of the materials.