Date of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Public Policy and Law

First Advisor

Dr. Abigail Fisher Williamson

Second Advisor

Dr. Adrienne Fulco


The purpose of this thesis was to learn whether an over-the-counter (OTC) oral contraceptive pill would benefit college students. To find out, I conducted sixteen semi-structured interviews with college students from Trinity College and Capital Community College, both located in Hartford, Connecticut. All participants either currently took oral contraceptives or had taken them in the past. This thesis accepts as its premise that oral contraceptives should be available OTC, but as a policy solution to increase access, I found that an OTC pill would have a limited effect.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Law.