Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Ruth Chananie-Hill


There is general disagreement in the literature on religion regarding its consequences, and whether they are positive or negative. Theorists such as Freud and Marx argue that religion is detrimental to the individual and society, while some, such as Sorokin and Jung, have found beneficial effects of religion (Ferraro & Albercht-Jensen 1991). This thesis also explored my assumption that doubting and/or critically thinking about religion is useful in creating the global citizens the world may benefit from. Global citizens, in my estimation, are individuals who have respect for individual or cultural differences, regardless of nationality, race, gender, religion, or creed. In sum, this thesis attempts to uncover how college students make sense of their religious identity and to what degree they have doubts. It explores the impact of university coursework, specifically within one's major, on religiosity and religious doubt. It also argues that college majors that have coursework that encourages critical thinking and explores major life questions better prepares students to be global citizens.

Year of Submission



Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

University Honors Designation

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


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