Independent Study

Proposals and accompanying materials should be submitted to the WGSS Program Office (2 Carpenter Hall) by the required deadlines.

Deadlines

  • Fall Term Independent Study proposal deadline is the 4th week of classes, summer term.
  • Winter Term Independent Study proposal deadline is the 4th week of classes, fall term.
  • Spring Term Independent Study proposal deadline is the 4th week of classes, winter term.
  • Summer Term Independent Study proposal deadline is the 4th week of classes, spring term.

Preliminary Proposal Approval

  1. A draft of your proposal should be shown to your advisor before submitting it to the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Effective proposals are brief and clear (abstracts are 1-2 pages) and should include the following:
  2. A clear statement of the topic
  3. Mention of the texts you plan to include
  4. Your approach: questions you plan to ask; methodology; theoretical framework.
  5. The relationship of the topic to the courses you have taken or to your major; what prepares you for this project.
  6. Any anticipated conclusions.

Required Materials

  • Selected annotated bibliography (A list of reading you need to do to address the topic, i.e. background reading, criticism, historical sources, etc. (10-15 books and articles)
  • Term you plan to take WGSS 85
  • Advisor endorsement form (see separate form)
  • Course Profile (see separate form)
  • NOTE: Topics requiring approval from the Human Subjects office are not appropriate for one-term projects.
  • NOTE: WGSS 85 materials may be sent to the Program Coordinator, Cristen Brooks, by e-mail.

The Steering Committee (and/or the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Chair and Coordinator) will review and comment on the proposal and bibliography in a timely manner. The Program may ask students to revise and resubmit proposals if necessary. If you have any questions, please call (6-2722), email Cristen Brooks, or stop by the office.