The Department encourages students to seek out opportunities to grow as scholars through faculty-mentored research.
Student Research Projects
Senior Research Symposium
In Women's and Gender Studies, all our majors engage in in-depth research projects in our Senior Seminar course. See below for a selection of research topics.
A selection of senior theses from 2019 and 2020:
“The Association between Latinx Parent(s) and Adolescent(s) Conversations on Sexual and Reproductive Health”
“Braving the Wilds: Metronormativity in Netflix’s Queer Eye”
“Desert as a Weapon: The Implications of Perverted Desert in Incels, Sexual Assault and Victim Blaming”
“Disrupting Disease: A Historical Account of HIV Prevention and a Media Analysis of PrEP Advertisements”
“Is College Athletics Exploitative? The Exploitation of Women Athletes Despite Title IX”
“White Environmentalism, Neoliberalism, and Mainstream Fossil Fuel Divestment: Critical Reflections for Campus-Based Divestment and Reinvestment Campaigns”
“Representing Misrepresentation in the Sensitivity Reader Debate: Harm, Offense, and Diversity in Fiction”
A selection of senior theses from 2018:
"'Dirty Pretty' - Gender in Heavy Metal and the Paradox of Rebellion"
"The Forgotten Women's Center: An Excavation of Activist History at Loyola Marymount University"
"Across Borders & Beyond White Feminism - Building Transnational Feminist Solidarity with Salvadorian Women from a U.S. Perspective"
"Lyme Disease Is a Feminist Issue"
"Young Adults' Political Ambition in the Trump Presidency"
"Feminism in the Modern Market: A Look at Brand Feminism and its Affect on Target Audience"
A selection of senior theses from 2021
2022 Senior Symposium
On April 28th, students, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate our graduating Seniors and all their hard-work. At this year's Senior Symposium, our graduating Women's and Gender Studies students presented their final research projects on a wide variety topics. Ranging from the history of LMU's LGBTQ Community, to the therepeutic use of dance for individual and cultural expression; from colorism and sexism in South Asian communities, to Queer TV and the 'death of camp,' our graduating Seniors finished the year strong! Congratulations to the Class of 2022 and to all our Women's and Gender Studies Majors and Minors. Follow us on Instagram at @Lmuwgst for more on the 2022 Senior Symposium!
Friends, Colleagues, and WGST Faculty pose with Jolie Brownell (LMU Class of 2022) our Department Award Winner for the 2021-2022 Academic Year!