Deadlines for Essays and Theses

Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies Senior Requirements 2013-14

Majors in the program are required to complete an independent project that applies feminist theory and methodology. The project may be either a one-semester senior essay or other creative work (GSFS 0700), or a multi-semester senior thesis (GSFS 0710).  A thesis advisor should be selected from among program faculty. Students are required to meet with the GSFS Program Chair and their prospective project or thesis advisor before entering their senior year at Middlebury.  All senior projects must be approved by the project advisor and by the chair of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies.  Please note that all senior work requires a second reader (see section on thesis writers, below.  For additional information, please consult "Guidelines for Senior Projects in GSFS."

As you complete your senior projects you want to keep in mind the learning goals of the program.  Senior work must be informed by feminist theory and methods.  The range of chosen fields may draw from the social sciences, humanities, or a variety of forms of artistic expression.  Listed below are deadlines for the traditional essay and written thesis, however the same deadlines apply to creative projects.


Meeting all deadlines is an important part of the process of completing your senior work.  Final projects will be marked down a half grade for each missed deadline.

Essay Writers (one-semester project)

A.  Minimum of 10 page draft and full outline: due Monday, March 3, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. to your essay adviser.

B.  Full draft copy: due Monday, April 14, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. to your essay adviser.

C.  Final copies: due Friday, May 9, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. All essays turned in after this date will be penalized according to the judgment of the program.  A maximum grade of "D" is the likely penalty for any late essay.

Multi-semester Thesis (WAGS 0710)

A.  First chapter: due Monday, February 14, 2014 to your thesis adviser.  Failure to submit a chapter by this date will result in a half grade reduction on the completed thesis.

B.  Second Chapter: Draft of second chapter and a detailed outline and bibliography for the remainder of your thesis is due to your advisor Monday, April 7, 2014 by 4:00 p.m.

C.  Final Copies: Multi-semester projects should be completed by Friday, May 9, 2014 by 4:00 p.m.  Theses turned in after this date will be penalized according to the judgment of the adviser.

2.   FORM

A. The senior essay should be typed, double-spaced, with adequate margins, 35-40 pages. The  thesis should be typed, double-spaced, with adequate margins, 70-80 pages. Students should plan carefully in advance to make sure that computer or printing problems do not interfere with their meeting the final deadline.

B.  Students have the option to undertake a creative project – a film, blogs, performance, etc.  Please consult with your advisor about the parameters of the project.

C.  Footnotes may be placed at the bottom of each page, at the end of each chapter, or at the end of the essay/thesis. You can use any style book of your choice, consult with your advisor.

D.  You must submit two copies of your essay or three copies of your thesis. One copy of your senior project  will be retained by the department.   Students who write a multi-semester thesis should submit their project to the LIS digital repository (go/dspace).  The form required for such a submission is available at go/thesisform.


Essay writers
You will need two readers. It is your responsibility to secure the second reader, so it is wise to consult the faculty member well in advance.

Thesis writers
You will need two readers, both should be affiliated with the Program (consult the website for a list of affiliated faculty). It is your responsibility to secure the readers, so it is wise to consult desired readers well in advance. Students must be prepared to defend their work to the two readers in a formal defense.