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Masters Theses

Students can elect to take a comprehensive exam (SOC 596) or write a thesis (SOC 599). Our recent theses have produced interesting products and results, and include the following titles:

Nathan Lionel Martel
Profs. Gretchen Peterson, Chair; Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, member; Wai Kit Choi, member
November 22, 2013
The Art World of the Sample Based Hip Hop Producer: Postmodern Aesthetics and Identity
Michael Nitzani
Profs. Gretchen Peterson, Chair; Bradley Campbell, member; Gunnar Valgeirsson, member
June 11, 2013
There is "crying" in baseball: a rational choice analysis of Major League Baseball managerial ejections

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

May 31, 2013
Is there a medical cure for deviance? A sociological perspective on the diagnosis and treatment of child and adolescent bipolar disorder
Timothy Dornaus
Profs. Bradley Campbell, Chair; Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, member; Gretchen Peterson, member
May 22, 2012
The Work Environment: Furthering the Foundation of General Strain Theory
Jimena Salas-Escobar
Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair; Wai-Kit Choi, member; Gretchen Peterson, member
November 28, 2011
Artist's Migration to Tijuana: Motives and Networks
Darren Lac Sai Quach
Profs. Hyojoung Kim, Chair; Wai Kit Choi, member; Gabriela Fried, member
October, 2011
Political Regime Transition and Suicide Rates: A Cross-National Assessment
Nestor Parada
Profs. Wai-Kit Choi, Co-Chair; Gretchen Peterson, Co-Chair; Bradley Campbell, member
September 12, 2011

Public Attitudes Concerning Immigration: The Role of Economic Factors

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                 
Profs. Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte, Chair; Lawrence K. Hong, member; Edward Clarke, member
March 18, 2000
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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