Sociology MA Theses

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 Thesis Defense

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

July 2016

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.

June 2016

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

June 2016

Does Parental Alcoholism Impact an Adult Child’s Well-Being?

By Edgar Peralta

Chair: Roseann Giarrusso. Members: Gretchen Peterson, Jeffrey Stone, and Robert Weide.

June 2016

Perceptions of Aging for Latinas: A Social Psychology Analysis

By Ana Torres

Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Roseann Giarrusso and Marcellino Morales

June 2016

Reactions to Dating Violence

By Nancy Baclini
Chair: Gretchen Peterson. Members: Molly Talcott and Robert Weide.

March 2016

To Have But Not To Hold: Consumer Attitudes Towards Digital Music Piracy

By Daniel Okamura
Chair Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Gretchen Peterson and Gunnar Valgeirsson.

March 2016

The Invisible Impact of Informal Rules on the Performance of Data Warehouse

By Chang Yu

Chair: Elaine Draper. Members: Roseann Giarrusso and Hyojoung Kim

December 2015

Activism, Community and the Individual: Social Networking and the Internet

By Berge Apardian
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Gabriela Fried-Amilivia, Gretchen Peterson.

June 2015

LGB vs. Heterosexual Adults: Differences in Relationships with Parents and Psychological Well-Being

By Adriana Avila
Chair: Roseann Giarrusso. Members: Janet Lever, Norella Putney and Jeffrey Stone.

June 2015

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
Chair: Roseann Giarrusso. Members: Gretchen Peterson, Norella Putney and Jeffrey Stone.

June 2015

Strawberry Fields: Fear, Anger and Hope in Collective Action Among Farmworkers

By Sagrario Gutierrez
Chair: Hyojoung Kim. Members: Wai Kit Choi and Molly Talcott.

March 2015

Lifting the White Sheet: A Sociological Perspective on Rural Women and a Feminist Approach to Health

By Kristen Howa
Chair: Molly Talcott. Members: Wai Kit Choi, and Gabriela Fried-Amilivia.

March 2015

"Give a Smile Away to Brighten Someone Else's Day!"

Exploring Social Integration Effects of Greetings Across Gender and Race

By Eunah Joung
Chair: Hyojoung Kim. Members: Gabriela Fried-Amilivia and Gretchen Peterson.

December 2014

Presentation of Gender in Tattoo Magazines

By Deborah Louise Burns
Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Sharon Oselin and Gunnar Valgeirsson.

June 2014

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.

December 2013

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.

June 2013

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.

May 2013

The Work Environment: Furthering the Foundation of General Strain Theory

By Timothy Dornaus

Chair: Bradley Campbell. Members: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte and Gretchen Peterson.

May 2012

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.

December 2011

Artist's Migration to Tijuana: Motives and Networks

By Jimena Salas-Escobar

Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Wai-Kit Choi and Gretchen Peterson.

December 2011

Public Attitudes Concerning Immigration: The Role of Economic Factors

By Nestor Parada

Co-Chairs: Wai-Kit Choi and Gretchen Peterson. Member: Bradley Campbell.

September 2011

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.

March 2011

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.

June 2010

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.

June 2010

Transevolution: A Study of Transgender Men and their Self Concept

By August Faustino

Chair: Janet Lever. Members: Gretchen Peterson and Talia Bettcher.

December 2009

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.

December 2009

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).

August 2009

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.

March 2009

Employee Empowerment and Employee Satisfaction in the Workplace

By Victor Orlando Voisard

Chair: Elaine Draper. Members: Hyojoung Kim and Gretchen Peterson.

March 2009

Attitudes Toward Poverty at the California State University-Los Angeles

By Charity Perry-Turner

Chair: Gretchen Peterson. Members: William Wasson and Steven Gordon, member

January 2009

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.

August 2008

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.

May 2008

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.

March 2008

Mexican Immigrant and Mexican American Elders: Acculturation, Health, and Life Satisfaction

By Martha Gonzalez

Chair: Roseann Giarrusso. Members: Gretchen Peterson and Valentine Villa.

December 2007

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.

December 2006

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.

December 2005

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.

December 2005

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.

June 2005

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.

June 2005

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.

June 2005

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.

December 2004

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.

June 2004

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.

December 2003

A Passionate Discourse: The Presentation of Sexual Self in Online Communities

By William Smith

Chair: Janet Lever. Members: Lawrence K. Hong and Gretchen Peterson.

December 2002

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.

June 2002

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.

March 2002

Residualism in Mainland Hawaii 'Local' Born Americans

By Todd Okamura

Chair Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Gunnar Valgeirsson and Jean Phinney (PSY).

March 2002

Compilation Benefit Albums: Hegemony & Philanthropy

By Emma Der-Mesropian

Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Terry R. Kandal and Richard A-Connolly.

December 2001

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.

April 2001

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.

December 2000

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.

December 2000

The Social Structure of the Black Family

By Marci Boswell

Chair: Pamela Porter. Members: Delos H. Kelly and Gloria Romero (PSY).

March 2000

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.

March 2000

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.

June 1999

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.

June 1999

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.

June 1999

Weberian Rationalization and Its Relevance for Understanding Depression

By Vincent R. Giedraitis

Chair: Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte. Members: Julie Albright and Terry R. Kandal.

June 1999

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).

June 1999