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Senior Thesis

The Value of the Senior Thesis

Department Honors

The Department of Sociology recognizes the work of its outstanding seniors with departmental honor awards which are presented at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS) Convocation. Departmental honor awards are given to those students who show outstanding scholarship in their major course of study.
Nominations are submitted to the College Committee on Superior Students and Honors, which has final authority to grant the honors degree. The Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Committee on Superior Students and Honors reviews students' grade point average, senior research thesis, and faculty recommendations to determine which students receive Departmental Honors.

Senior Thesis with Distinction Award

The Department has established an award program for sociology majors, which recognizes outstanding thesis in the Senior Research Seminar. Senior thesis completed in other departments that satisfy the Department's thesis requirements, such as a senior thesis in Urban Studies, may also be submitted to the Department for consideration. This award is based on each student's creative ability, persuasiveness and systematic way of doing research. Recipients are determined by the Departmental Honors committee, and are announced each spring quarter (usually end of May).

Best Senior Thesis in Sociology Award

The Department has established an award for the Best Senior Thesis in sociology. Recipients are determined by the Departmental Honors committee, and are announced each spring quarter (usually end of May).

Sociology 2018 Senior Theses

Emma Brick*
Bad Asians: The Effect of TV Portrayals of the Model Minority Stereotype on Asian American Women's Self-Perception

Jamie Joeyen-Waldorf*
Penny in My Pocket: Interactions of Art and Commerce in the 21st Century Broadway Musical Industry

Ethan Roubenoff*
Off the Rails--Visual and Statistical Evidence of the Unique Patterns of Racial and Economic Bifurcation around Chicago Public Transportation Stations

Helen Rucinski*
Why Learn Music?: Class-Based Parental Motivations for Enrolling Children in Private Classical Music Education Programs

Paul Salamanca**
Yellow Fever and Sticky Rice: A Mixed Method Investigation of Queer Asian Heterophily in Chicago

Shira Zilberstein**
Space Making as Artistic Practice: The Relationship Between Grassroots Art Organizations and the Urban Political Economy of Development

*Thesis with Distinction

**Best Senior Thesis in Sociology Award

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