Women's and Gender Studies
The goal of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department is to develop students’ skills in conducting interdisciplinary critical analyses of how gender — in relation to race, class, citizenship status, ability, age, and sexuality — structures our world.
The Senior Program
Seniors in women's studies pursue a one-semester senior project that can take the form of either a written thesis or some form of performance. Students work independently on the senior project, but they are supervised by one or more faculty members. The senior project represents a culmination of each student’s undergraduate experience; it synthesizes coursework, discussion and personal reflection into a focused statement of intellectual growth and insight.
Recent senior projects include:
- Marketing Desire: Sexuality in Adam & Eve Commercials
- Homonormativity in the Gay and Lesbian Nonprofit: The Failure of Transformative and Redistributive Queer Justice and Liberation
- Gender Expansive Parenting: Maintaining the binary or exploring childhood gender diversity?
- The Political Values of College Age Women: A Comparative Analysis of the 1968 Election and the 2016 Election
- Menstruation and Comic Books, The Influence of Sociocultural Menstrual Taboos in Shaping Young Girls Menstrual Perceptions and Identities
- Our (Be)Longing Here: Gender/Sexuality In The Bengali Diaspora
- Don’t Forget to $ubscribe: An Analysis of Sponsored Content from YouTube Beauty Gurus
- Transgender Genealogies: Mapping the Emergence and Evolution of Transgender Identity in the United States
- Wonder Women, Mother Blame, and Paid Maternity Leave: The Experience of 41 Women with ‘High-risk’ Pregnancies A Mixed Methods Study
- Black Girl Magic: An Exploration of Black Selfie Feminism
- Centering the Survivor Experience: Strengthening the Institutional Response to Sexual Violence
- Non-Gendered Fashion: Exploring the Interaction Between Clothing, Gender, and the Body
- Radical Transparency: Student Discourse of Trigger Warnings at Hamilton College