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Sociology & Anthropology Students Receive Degrees

Grads sp 2015

Six sociology/anthropology students received their degrees at Mansfield University's 150th Commencement held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Karl Van Norman Field.  Congratulations to the class of 2015:  Allen Copp, Stephanie Crane, Krystal Cunningham, Sarah Fluck, Samantha Mertz and Chelsea Smith.

Showcase of Student Scholarship, 4/22/15

Relationships and Family Structure

(Sierra Blake). 
This project examines if students from divorced parents have unhealthier relationships.



AllenAttitudes towards Homosexuality on a Small Rural University Campus
(Allen Copp)
Students were surveyed to find out what kind of exposure, negative or positive, towards homosexuality they had while growing up.  The difference between how safe those students who identify as homosexual and those who identify as straight feels, proves interesting.

KrystalMedia's Influence on the Self-Image of Students on a College Campus
(Krystal Cunningham)
The purpose of this research is to see how the increasing amount of media viewed by students has impacted their self-image.


Media's Influence on Body Image

(Shelby Dunning)
What constructs our idea of beauty?  What is it that makes us feel whether or not our own body is beautiful?  I hypothesize that the more media people are around, the more likely they are to have a negative attitude towards their body.


The Influence of Parents' Outlook on Children in their Adult Life

(Samantha Mertz)
This research examines individuals' experiences with positive and negative parenting in their upbringing through a quantitative research questionnaire collected at Mansfield University.  Research findings overall support the conclusion that socialization in one's family environment influences current behavior patterns.

 IsaacRace and Education
(Isaac Nixdorf)
The project focuses on explaining the proposed theory stating that receiving a college education makes an individual less likely to support racist practices and ideologies.


Family Life and Work Spill Over

(Chelsea Smith)
The research focuses on the spill-over effect in a small community.

2013-2014 Outstanding Senior Honored

SWAS 2014 Spring 004

Kelsey Rebovich was nominated as the Sociology and Anthropology Program's Outstanding Senior. She was honored at the Academic Honors Reception on April 14, 2014 and at the Graduation Celebration Brunch on May 5, 2014. Congratulations Kelsey!

She is pictured with Dr. Janice Purk at the Academic Honors Reception.


Anthropology Class Field Trip, November 2012

Anthropology Class Field Trip, November 2012Members of Dr. Clark's Anthropology of Crime and Punishment Class, along with Drs. Purk and Madigan, traveled to Philadelphia this November 3rd to visit Eastern State Penitentiary. Students were treated to two separate tours: a history tour of the prison, held during the daylight hours, and Terror Behind the Walls, a prison-themed haunted house in the evening. Earlier in the day, Dr. Clark took several students on a tour of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Pennsylvania. Students also got a chance to see the famous City Hall and sections of Chinatown. After the trip one student was heard to say, "That was the best field trip I've ever been on!"

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