Senior Thesis in Sociology




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Senior Thesis

While all students on the Sociology honors track are required to complete a senior thesis, every Sociology student is encouraged to write one.  For many students, the first step, coming up with a topic, proves to be the most difficult and even keeps some students from taking on a thesis. The Sociology faculty at Notre Dame can help you not only with the process of researching and writing your thesis, but also with developing and refining your research question. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Every year, our students produce outstanding senior theses on a wide variety of topics, using diverse analytical methodologies, theoretical approaches and research techniques.

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Below are listed just a few of the thesis titles from our Sociology students:



"QUEER TELEVISION AND QUEER PERCEPTIONS: How Television Impacts Perceptions of the LGBT Community's Socioeconomic Status"
"Self-Esteem and Segregated Schools in Cape Town, South Africa”
"Experiential Barriers to Maternal Healthcare Access in South Africa"
“Latino Identity at Notre Dame: Why Mark the Box?”
“Cultivation Theory and the Disney Princess Phenomenon”
“Media Coverage of Athletes and Domestic Violence over Time”
“Body Image Pressures in Undergraduate Men and Women”
“Incarcerated Motherhood: Exploring Formerly Imprisoned Women’s Parenting Attitudes and Practices”
“The Social Movement Response to #BlackLivesMatter at the University of Notre Dame”

For more information and guidelines for the senior thesis, funding through the Eisch Endowment and doing the Honors Track, see Senior Thesis Handbook

If you are interested in doing a thesis, please contact Mim Thomas, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Sociology

Best Essay or Research Paper Award Competition

Each year, the Sociology Department awards a monetary prize for the best essay or research paper submitted by a graduating Sociology major on a topic of sociological relevance.  The paper may have been written at any point during your time as a major. The recipient of this award is announced at the Sociology Department’s Senior Luncheon & Recognition Ceremony, which takes place at the end of each spring semester. The winner is also recognized at commencement.