This collection includes theses and conference papers of graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Program at Wichita State University. The MALS Program allows students to pursue interdisciplinary study integrating coursework and research from several disciplines. This graduate level programis designed for students who find traditional programs either too specialized or insufficiently individualized. Students in the MALS Program develop their own plans of study under the supervision of graduate faculty members in the fields they have selected. Wichita State University has offered a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies since 1978, and is the only Kansas Regents' institution with full membership in the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs. For more information visit the Liberal Studies Program website.

 

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  • The lack of African American women in the faculty of higher education 

    Royal, Christy L. (Wichita State University, 2017-05)
    The purpose of this research was to explore the barriers that may contribute to the lack of African American women being represented in leadership roles at academic institutions. An analysis of the literature was conducted ...
  • Bisexuality and the threat of the hybrid 

    Lind, Amanda (Wichita State University, 2016-05)
    Binaries dominate Western classification systems, and those that fall in between binary terms are often subject to discursive erasure. This thesis examines the category bisexual as a hybrid of the binary set heterosexual ...
  • Yielding with protests: Applied metaphor theories in translation 

    Wiant, Jolene M. (Wichita State University, 2015-12)
    This research attempts to show a correlation between metaphor and translation and give recommendations on translation using something other than word or sentence meaning. What a word means is a complicated subject. This ...
  • Islam and France: Cooperation, integration and resistance 

    Babcock, Amanda Mead (Wichita State University, 2015-12)
    This research examines France's relationship with its Muslim population. It explains some of France's basic guiding principles in order to understand the general expectations of its citizenry. It also looks at France's ...
  • Darwin's doubt, narrative and theoretical beliefs 

    Hiebert, Tyler (Wichita State University, 2015-05)
    If we take Darwin’s doubt to its extreme, it might turn out to be the case that our cognitive faculties are wholly unreliable, thus each and every belief they produce is untrustworthy. Some scholars, hereafter known as ...
  • Relationship between multiculturalism and higher education policy in Malaysia in terms of ethnic diversity and equality 

    Fam, Qian Ning (Wichita State University, 2015-05)
    This study attempted to examine the relationship between multiculturalism and higher education in regard to Malaysia's educational policy. Four goals were set to determine the significance between each: first, to understand ...
  • Reintegration of victims and survivors of trafficking in Nepal 

    Sharma, Pooja (Wichita State University, 2014-05)
    This study attempted to examine complications related to the reintegration process of victims and survivors of trafficking in Nepal. In order to do so, three main goals were set. First, to understand the situation of ...
  • The temple and the laboratory: The science and religion dialogue in Indiana Jones 

    Hiebert, Tyler (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2014-04-25)
    Indiana Jones is one of the most iconic figures of the last century. The impact of Jones films on the film industry and popular culture may be inestimable. Despite this fact, few thematic analyses of the Indiana Jones ...
  • Theresienstadt: Hitler's gift to the Jews or way station to hell? 

    Trier-Metzger, Nancy (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2014-04-25)
    During the Holocaust, over 140,000 Jews were imprisoned in the Theresienstadt/Terezin ghetto. I will demonstrate that the Nazis did not originally intend to create an illusory "model ghetto;" rather, Theresienstadt was ...
  • Structure and deconstruction in the Electra myth and beyond 

    Felihkatubbe, Jason M. (Wichita State University, 2013-05)
    This research examines the ideas of myth and intertextuality. The Electra myth is utilized and various versions of the Electra myth are examined from different cultures through the world starting with the earliest known ...
  • Phallic presence and phallic absence in characterizations of black gay men 

    Daniel, Parker Eugene (Wichita State University, 2013-05)
    This study provides a critical analysis discourses about black gay men, using critical discourse analysis (CDA) as its methodology. First, the white-institutional-phallus is established as the greater discursive structure ...
  • Conversion to Islam and veiling among American Muslim women in Kansas 

    Chavoshpour, Mansoureh (Wichita State University, 2012-12)
    Over the past decade, Islam has come of age in America. Despite Islam being a controversial subject, its presence in America is obvious, becoming the fastest growing religion in the United States. While Americans are ...
  • The derailment of feminism: a qualitative study of girl empowerment and the popular music artist 

    Simon, Jodie Christine (Wichita State University, 2012-07)
    “Girl Power!” is a message that parents raising young women in today’s media-saturated society should be able to turn to with a modicum of relief from the relentlessly harmful messages normally found within popular music. ...
  • Millenium development goals: Kenyan perspective 

    Nyangau, Boniface (Wichita State University, 2012-07)
    In this paper all the eight Millennium development goals will be evaluated and then mapped to the success they have achieved in Kenya. Our evaluation will be based on each goal and the impact each goal has had in Kenya. ...
  • The construction of poetic identity in three women poets: Pozzi, Mistral, and Akhmatova 

    Strems-Tregear, Ineta (Wichita State University, 2012-05)
    This paper explores the construction of poetic identity in three women-poets: Catherine Pozzi, Gabriela Mistral, and Anna Akhmatova by studying relationships between the poets’ life and their poetry. It is focused on tragic ...
  • Conflicts and misconceptions of the repatriation process 

    Ables, Michael Jason (Wichita State University, 2012-05)
    The National Museum of American Indians Act of 1989 (NMAI) and the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA) are two viable pieces of legislation that give tribal communities an opportunity to ...
  • Bound by consent: concepts of consent within the leather and bondage, domination, sadomasochism (BDSM) communities 

    Fulkerson, Anita (Wichita State University, 2010-12)
    This study is a qualitative examination of the definitions, beliefs, practices and the importance of consent within the Leather and Bondage, Domination, Sadomasochism (BDSM) communities using the experiences of those who ...
  • The lost childhood of street children in Nepal 

    Basnet, Preeti (Wichita State University, 2010-08)
    In the present situation of armed and political conflict in Nepal, protection of children is at stake. There is a pressing need in such an environment to address all aspects of children‟s rights in order to be able to reach ...
  • Vignettes of Bollywood 1990-present: a scholarly approach to Indian cinema 

    Williams, Jennifer Ashley (Wichita State University, 2010-05)
    This project highlights the importance of the Indian film industry as a legitimate field of scholarly and academic research. Through interdisciplinary eyes, the Indian film industry and its byproducts are examined through ...
  • Alienation in Edward Hopper’s and Jackson Pollock’s paintings: A comparison and contrast 

    Dalirian, Zohreh (Wichita State University, 2010-05)
    In this thesis I study alienation in Edward Hopper’s and Jackson Pollack’s paintings. Each of these American painters expressed alienation in his art in a distinctive way. The source of their alienation is different, ...

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