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As noted in the description of our well-respected graduate program, students can elect to take a comprehensive exam (Soc. 596) or write a thesis (Soc 599). Many of our recent theses have produced some interesting products and results, and include the following titles:

 


Miguel Montalva

Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair;
Bradley Campbell, member;
Gunnar Valgeirsson, member

February 24, 2011
Black and Latino Relations in Los Angeles: As Represented in La Opinión and the Los Angeles Sentinel

Gayane Mkrttchian

Profs. Roseann Giarrusso, Chair;
Matthew Jendian, member;
Gretchen Peterson, member

July 2, 2010
The Influence of Caregiving on Marital Satisfaction: Acculturated vs. Non-Acculturated Armenian Women

Robert Mamada

Profs. Gretchen Peterson, Chair;
Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, member;
Wai-Kit Choi, member

May 10, 2010
The Kamikaze: Was It a Sacred Mission or a Fanatical Suicide? The Different Structure of Self between the Westerners and the Japanese

August Faustino

Profs. Janet Lever, Chair;
Gretchen Peterson, member;
Talia Bettcher, member

December 1, 2009
Transevolution: A Study of Transgender Men and their Self Concept

Elba Munoz

Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair;
Gretchen Peterson, member;
Larry Hong, member

September 8, 2009
Differences in Attitudes Caused by Romantic Jealousy among Cohabiting Couples and Non-cohabiting Couples

Betul Durmaz

Profs. Roseann Giarrusso, Chair;
Hyojoung Kim, member;
Jean Phinney, member

August 20, 2009
Turkish Immigrant Youth in the Netherlands: Gender Differences in Acculturation and Socio-Cultural Adaptation

Victor Orlando Voisard

Profs. Elaine Draper, Chair;
Hyojoung Kim, member;
Gretchen Peterson, member

March 4, 2009
Employee empowerment and employee satisfaction in the workplace

Shou Jen Kuo

Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair;
Hyojoung Kim, member;
Gunnar Valgeirsson, member

March, 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

Charity Perry-Turner

Profs. Gretchen Peterson, Chair;
William Wasson, member;
Steven Gordon, member

January 14, 2009
Attitudes Toward Poverty at the California State University-Los Angeles

June H. Sun

Profs. Hyojoung Kim, Chair;
Roseann Giarrusso, member;
Janet Lever, member

August 14, 2008
Caucasian American and Korean American differences in the effects of parental discussion on abortion opinion in college-aged adult children

Nina Chanklin

Profs. Larry Hong, Chair;
Robert Duff, member;
Roseann Giarrusso, member

May 12, 2008
Attitudes Towards the Transgendered in Thailand: An Exploratory Study of the Impact of Globalization on Attitude Change

Eun Kyoung Kim

Profs. Eui-Young Yu, Chair;
Ronald Tsukashima, member;
Hyojoung Kim, member

March 14, 2008
Correlates of Ethnic Religious Participation Among Second Generation Korean American Young Adults

Martha Gonzalez

Profs. Roseann Giarrusso, Chair;
Gretchen Peterson, member;
Valentine Villa, member

December 6, 2007
Mexican Immigrant and Mexican American Elders: Acculturation, Health, and Life Satisfaction

Jessica Meaney

Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair;
Roseann Giarrusso, member;
Gretchen Peterson, member

November 1, 2006
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: A Sociological Perspective on the Social Environment

Ronald Edwards

Profs. Yehudi Webster, Chair;
Ed Clarke, member;
Larry Hong, member

December 13, 2005
Victims Experiences and Levels of Cooperation with Prosecution in Domestic Violence Cases

Nahid Rimi

Profs. Terry Kandal, Chair;
Donald Bray, member;
Kazem Alamdari, member

December 7, 2005
The Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 and Its Varying Impact on the Newly Industrialized Countries of East Asia

Solomon Daniel

Profs. Gretchen Peterson, Chair;
Elaine Draper, member;
Terry Kandal, member

June 8, 2005
The Effects of Gender on Subordinates' Perceptions and Preferences for Manager in Times of Organizational Change

Irit Daniel

Profs. Elaine Draper, Chair;
Gretchen Peterson, member;
Terry Kandal, member

June 8, 2005
Glass Ceiling or Rational Choices - What Prevents Women from Attaining Management Positions?

Marcellino Morales

Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair;
Larry Hong, member;
Julie Albright, member

May 26, 2005
The Transfer of Responsibility of Elderly Care from the Family Institution to Social Institutions

Hasmik Amirian

Profs. Gretchen Peterson, Co-Chair;
Kazem Alamdari, Co-Chair;
Larry Hong, member

December 14, 2004
The Problems of Aging and Social Programs: A Study of Ethnic Armenian Elderly and Adult Day Healthcare (ADHC)

Hsienying Lu

Profs. Lawrence K. Hong, Chair;
Delos Kelly, member;
Eui-Young Yu, member

May 25, 2004
The Impacts of Social Change on the Family in Contemporary Japan: A Demographic Study of Woman Labor, Marriage, Fertility, and Household

Maki Saito

Profs. Gretchen Peterson, Chair;
Lawrence K. Hong, member;
Eleni Pitsou-Darrough, member

December 3, 2003
The Effects of Gender, Gender Ideology, and the Division of Labor on Perceptions of Family

William Smith

Profs. Janet Lever, Chair;
Lawrence K. Hong, member;
Gretchen Peterson, member

December 4, 2002
A Passionate Discourse: The Presentation of Sexual Self in Online Communities

Rosa Castro-Rodriguez

Profs. Lawrence K. Hong, Chair;
Edward J. Clarke, member;
Delos H. Kelly, member

June 11, 2002
Who Do The Elderly Turn To For Help In Everyday Life: Evidence From Three Perspectives

Anthony Francoso

Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair;
Terry R. Kandal, member;
Gunnar Valgeirsson, member

March 20, 2002
Owning the Airways: Micro-Radio as a Response for Organizing and Social Change

Todd Okamura

Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair;
Gunnar Valgeirsson, member;
Jean Phinney, member

March 18, 2002
Residualism in Mainland Hawaii 'local' born Americans

Emma Der-Mesropian

Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair;
Terry Kandal, member;
Richard Anderson-Connolly, member

December 04, 2001
Compilation Benefit Albums: Hegemony & Philanthropy

Philip Brocato

Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair;
William Darrough, member;
Delos Kelly, member

April 09, 2001
How Violence Sustains Solidarity Within Two Cultures: Yanomano and the Crips

Rosa Wilkins

Profs. Edward Clarke, Chair;
William Wasson, member;
Delos Kelly, member

December 07, 2000
A Trend of the Los Angeles Riots: Inter-Ethnic Relations 1992-1997

Teresa Vidaurri-Santana

Profs. Lawrence K. Hong, Chair;
Delos H. Kelly, member;
Susan Friedman, member

December 05, 2000
The Re-Emergence of Herbal Medicine: A Test of the Socio-Economic Status and Subcultural Value Hypothesis

Marci Boswell

Profs. Pamela Porter, Chair;
Delos H. Kelly, member;
Gloria Romero, Psychology, member

March 18, 2000
The Social Structure of the Black Family

Richard Kamei
                March 18, 2000
Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair;
Lawrence K. Hong, member;
Edward Clarke, member
The Impact of Education on Political Tolerance: Attitudes Toward Communism, A Case in Point

Charles Fossett III

Profs. Yehudi O. Webster, Chair;
Delos H. Kelly, member;
William K. Wasson, member

June 12, 1999
The Corrections System: Its Intrinsic Subcultures and Its Effects on Rehabilitation and Punishment

Richard Garvey

Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair;
William Darrough, member;
Lawrence K. Hong, member

June 12, 1999
Musical Subcultures, The Case of The Grateful Dead Fans and The Phish Fans

Albert Paoletti

Profs. Delos H. Kelly, Chair;
Edward Clarke, member;
Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, member

June 12, 1999
The Social and Socio-Structure Factors of Homocide in a Single Police Division

Vincent R. Giedraitis

Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair;
Julie Albright, member;
Terry R. Kandal, member

June 7, 1999
Weberian Rationalization and Its Relevance for Understanding Depression

Benjamin Adams

Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair; David K. Miyahara, member;
Mary A. Falvey, member

June 4, 1999
Perceptions and Issue Importance as Held by School Principals Regarding Students with Severe Disabilities in General Education Classrooms

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