Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science, BS




Communication & Journalism Department

Faculty Advisor

Kevin M. Carragee


Historically, higher education has supported the binary genders of man and woman by championing the binary in terms of receiving higher education, such as those who go on to pursue college degrees and further. As colleges and universities are driven to become more and more accessible, so do their policies. The research to follow highlights the need for higher education institutions to recognize and implement common use of pronouns, meaning the use of They/Them or other pronouns that do not align with how someone is assigned upon birth. By looking into the scholarship on pronoun use in colleges and universities as well as studies done in terms of specific institutions around the country, we can produce a better record of what is being done to implement the common use of pronouns in practice for Queer and Transgender (QT) students. This paper will provide a concise conclusion about what techniques can be the most successful for universal pronoun rhetoric at a college or university, such as Suffolk University.


This Honors Seminar Project received departmental honors from Suffolk University's Communication, Journalism & Media Department.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.