Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Lindsay Cohn


It is important that people feel welcome in a society. It contributes to the health and comfort of individuals as well as strengthens society as a whole. This is particularly important to immigrants, who are entering a new country and therefore a new society and culture. Due to their immigrant status, they may feel disconnected from this new society and culture. Such a feeling could be intensified if some individuals within the society and culture display xenophobia. This generally refers to intense and irrational dislike or even a fear of people from other countries, but for the purposes of this research this definition is expanded to included any negative feelings directed at an individual or individuals because they are from another country or are perceived as being from another country.

Within university communities, international students, who are also by definition immigrants, are representative of immigrants within the larger society. They likely experience the same difficulties with the university community that immigrants do with the society and culture of the country to which they have emigrated. Considering the questions of whether xenophobia produces feelings of alienation from this new society and culture, this study attempts to answer the questions of whether a xenophobic environment exists at the University of Northern Iowa and if so whether any international students feel alienated from the university community.

Year of Submission



Department of Political Science

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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