Sociology MA Thesis Projects
The Sociology MA Program has three culminating project options. There is a Moodle site to support students as they prepare their culminating projects. Moodle site Sociology Thesis Prep provides information for those considering this option.
Ana Torres at her Thesis defense: Perceptions of Aging for Latinas: A Social Psychology Analysis. From left to right: Dr. Bodinger-deUriarte, Ana Torres, Dr. Giarrusso, and Dr. Morales.
Sociology MA Successful Thesis Defense Record:
Titles, MA Candidates, Thesis Committees (1999-present)
Socio-Political Dimensions of Informal Sector Participation:
Sense Making of the Experiences of African Americans in the United States and Africans in Ghana
By Nakia Brazier
Chair: Elaine Draper. Members: Wai Kit Choi and Gabriela Fried-Amilivia
Attitudes toward Female Aggression: A Bi-Dimensional Approach of Attachment Style and Coping Mechanisms
By Bianca Gomez
Chair: Gretchen Peterson. Members: Roseann Giarrusso and Molly Talcott.
Examining Elements of Propaganda in the Social Construction of the War on Terror: A Content Analysis
By Eric Lopez
Chair: Luis Esparza. Members: Wai Kit Choi and Robert Weide
Does Parental Alcoholism Impact an Adult Child’s Well-Being?
By Edgar Peralta
Chair: Roseann Giarrusso. Members: Gretchen Peterson, Jeffrey Stone, and Robert Weide.
Perceptions of Aging for Latinas: A Social Psychology Analysis
By Ana Torres
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Roseann Giarrusso and Marcellino Morales
Reactions to Dating Violence
By Nancy Baclini
To Have But Not To Hold: Consumer Attitudes Towards Digital Music Piracy
By Daniel Okamura
The Invisible Impact of Informal Rules on the Performance of Data Warehouse
By Chang Yu
Chair: Elaine Draper. Members: Roseann Giarrusso and Hyojoung Kim
Activism, Community and the Individual: Social Networking and the Internet
By Berge Apardian
LGB vs. Heterosexual Adults: Differences in Relationships with Parents and Psychological Well-Being
By Adriana Avila
It's Better to Give than Receive, Or Is It? Effects of Social Support on the Psychological Well-Being of Older Parents
By Erik Blanco
Strawberry Fields: Fear, Anger and Hope in Collective Action Among Farmworkers
By Sagrario Gutierrez
Lifting the White Sheet: A Sociological Perspective on Rural Women and a Feminist Approach to Health
By Kristen Howa
"Give a Smile Away to Brighten Someone Else's Day!"
Exploring Social Integration Effects of Greetings Across Gender and Race
By Eunah Joung
Presentation of Gender in Tattoo Magazines
By Deborah Louise Burns
The Art World of the Sample-Based Hip Hop Producer: Postmodern Aesthetics and Identity
By Nathan Lionel Martel
Chair: Gretchen Peterson. Members: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte and Wai Kit Choi.
There is "Crying" in Baseball: a Rational Choice Analysis of Major League Baseball Managerial Ejections
By Michael Nitzani
Chair: Gretchen Peterson. Members: Bradley Campbell and Gunnar Valgeirsson.
Is there a Medical Cure for Deviance?
A Sociological Perspective on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder
By Marcus Marquardt
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Roseann Giarrusso and Gretchen Peterson.
The Work Environment: Furthering the Foundation of General Strain Theory
By Timothy Dornaus
Chair: Bradley Campbell. Members: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte and Gretchen Peterson.
Political Regime Transition and Suicide Rates: A Cross-National Assessment
By Darren Lac Sai Quach
Chair: Hyojoung Kim. Members: Wai Kit Choi and Gabriela Fried-Amilivia.
Artist's Migration to Tijuana: Motives and Networks
By Jimena Salas-Escobar
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Wai-Kit Choi and Gretchen Peterson.
Public Attitudes Concerning Immigration: The Role of Economic Factors
By Nestor Parada
Co-Chairs: Wai-Kit Choi and Gretchen Peterson. Member: Bradley Campbell.
Black and Latino Relations in Los Angeles as Represented in La Opinion and the Los Angeles Sentinel
By Miguel Montalva
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Bradley Campbell and Gunnar Valgeirsson.
The Kamikaze: Was It a Sacred Mission or a Fanatical Suicide?
The Different Structure of Self between the Westerners and the Japanese
By Robert Mamada
Chair: Gretchen Peterson. Members: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte and Wai-Kit Choi.
The Influence of Caregiving on Marital Satisfaction: Acculturated vs. Non-Acculturated Armenian Women
By Gayane Mkrttchian
Chair: Roseann Giarrusso. Members: Matthew Jendian and Gretchen Peterson.
Transevolution: A Study of Transgender Men and their Self Concept
By August Faustino
Chair: Janet Lever. Members: Gretchen Peterson and Talia Bettcher.
Differences in Attitudes Caused by Romantic Jealousy among Cohabiting Couples and Non-cohabiting Couples
By Elba Munoz
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Gretchen Peterson and Larry Hong.
Turkish Immigrant Youth in the Netherlands: Gender Differences in Acculturation and Socio-Cultural Adaptation
By Betul Durmaz
Chair: Roseann Giarrusso. Members: Hyojoung Kim and Jean Phinney (PSY).
Coming to the West: the Institutional Change of Buddhist Missionary Organization in the United States:
A Case Study of Hsi Lai Temple, Hacienda Heights, California
By Shou Jen Kuo
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Hyojoung Kim and Gunnar Valgeirsson.
Employee Empowerment and Employee Satisfaction in the Workplace
By Victor Orlando Voisard
Chair: Elaine Draper. Members: Hyojoung Kim and Gretchen Peterson.
Attitudes Toward Poverty at the California State University-Los Angeles
By Charity Perry-Turner
Chair: Gretchen Peterson. Members: William Wasson and Steven Gordon, member
Caucasian American and Korean American Differences in the Effects of Parental Discussion on Abortion Opinion in College-aged Adult Children
By June H. Sun
Chair: Hyojoung Kim. Members: Roseann Giarrusso and Janet Lever.
Attitudes Towards the Transgendered in Thailand: An Exploratory Study of the Impact of Globalization on Attitude Change
By Nina Chanklin
Chair: Lawrence K. Hong. Members: Robert Duff and Roseann Giarrusso.
Correlates of Ethnic Religious Participation Among Second Generation Korean American Young Adults
By Eun Kyoung Kim
Chair: Eui-Young Yu. Member: Ronald Tsukashima and Hyojoung Kim.
Mexican Immigrant and Mexican American Elders: Acculturation, Health, and Life Satisfaction
By Martha Gonzalez
Chair: Roseann Giarrusso. Members: Gretchen Peterson and Valentine Villa.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: A Sociological Perspective on the Social Environment
By Jessica Meaney
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Roseann Giarrusso and Gretchen Peterson.
Victims Experiences and Levels of Cooperation with Prosecution in Domestic Violence Cases
By Ronald Edwards
Chair: Yehudi Webster. Members: Ed Clarke and Lawrence K. Hong.
The Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 and Its Varying Impact on the Newly Industrialized Countries of East Asia
By Nahid Rimi
Chair: Terry R. Kandal. Members: Donald Bray and Kazem Alamdari.
Glass Ceiling or Rational Choices - What Prevents Women from Attaining Management Positions?
By Irit Daniel
Chair: Elaine Draper. Members: Gretchen Peterson and Terry R. Kandal.
Effects of Gender on Subordinates' Perceptions and Preferences for Manager in Times of Organizational Change
By Solomon Daniel
Chair: Gretchen Peterson. Members: Elaine Draper and Terry R. Kandal.
The Transfer of Responsibility of Elderly Care from the Family Institution to Social Institutions
By Marcellino Morales
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Lawrence K. Hong and Julie Albright.
The Problems of Aging and Social Programs: A Study of Ethnic Armenian Elderly and Adult Day Healthcare (ADHC)
By Hasmik Amirian
Co-Chairs: Gretchen Peterson. Members: Kazem Alamdari and Lawrence K. Hong.
The Impacts of Social Change on the Family in Contemporary Japan: A Demographic Study of Women, Labor, Marriage, Fertility, and Household
By Hsienying Lu
Chair: Lawrence K. Hong. Members: Delos Kelly and Eui-Young Yu.
The Effects of Gender, Gender Ideology, and the Division of Labor on Perceptions of Family
By Maki Saito
Chair: Gretchen Peterson. Members: Lawrence K. Hong and Eleni Pitsou-Darrough.
A Passionate Discourse: The Presentation of Sexual Self in Online Communities
By William Smith
Chair: Janet Lever. Members: Lawrence K. Hong and Gretchen Peterson.
Who Do The Elderly Turn To For Help In Everyday Life: Evidence From Three Perspectives
By Rosa Castro-Rodriguez
Chair: Lawrence K. Hong. Members: Edward J. Clarke and Delos H. Kelly.
Owning the Airways: Micro-Radio as a Response for Organizing and Social Change
By Anthony Francoso
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Terry R. Kandal and Gunnar Valgeirsson.
Residualism in Mainland Hawaii 'Local' Born Americans
By Todd Okamura
Chair Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Gunnar Valgeirsson and Jean Phinney (PSY).
Compilation Benefit Albums: Hegemony & Philanthropy
By Emma Der-Mesropian
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Terry R. Kandal and Richard A-Connolly.
How Violence Sustains Solidarity Within Two Cultures: Yanomano and the Crips
By Philip Brocato
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: William Darrough and Delos H. Kelly.
A Trend of the Los Angeles Riots: Inter-Ethnic Relations 1992-1997
By Rosa Wilkins
Chair: Edward Clarke. Members: William Wasson and Delos H. Kelly.
The Re-Emergence of Herbal Medicine: A Test of the Socio-Economic Status and Subcultural Value Hypothesis
By Teresa Vidaurri-Santana
Chair: Lawrence K. Hong. Members: Delos H. Kelly and Susan Friedman.
The Social Structure of the Black Family
By Marci Boswell
Chair: Pamela Porter. Members: Delos H. Kelly and Gloria Romero (PSY).
The Impact of Education on Political Tolerance: Attitudes Toward Communism, A Case in Point
By Richard Kamei
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Lawrence K. Hong and Edward Clarke.
The Corrections System: Its Intrinsic Subcultures and Its Effects on Rehabilitation and Punishment
By Charles Fossett III
Chair: Yehudi O. Webster. Members: Delos H. Kelly and William Wasson.
Musical Subcultures, The Case of The Grateful Dead Fans and The Phish Fans
By Richard Garvey
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: William Darrough and Lawrence K. Hong.
The Social and Socio-Structure Factors of Homicide in a Single Police Division
By Albert Paoletti
Chair: Delos H. Kelly. Members: Edward Clarke and Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte.
Weberian Rationalization and Its Relevance for Understanding Depression
By Vincent R. Giedraitis
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Julie Albright and Terry R. Kandal.
Perceptions and Issue Importance as Held by School Principals Regarding Students with Severe Disabilities in General Education Classrooms
By Benjamin Adams
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: David K. Miyahara and Mary A. Falvey (Ed).