The student is expected to complete a normal departmental program, with such emphasis upon the American field as that department permits, and a senior thesis on a topic related to American history, society, or culture. If the student’s major does not accommodate such a topic, an alternate project may be designed, subject to approval of the Program Director.
Thesis Support Grants
The Program provides small thesis support grants for AMS program members. These grants generally range from about $200-$500, with more available in extraordinary circumstances. To apply for funding, please submit a letter to the Program office. The letter should include:
- A brief paragraph describing your project.
- A budget, or list of anticipated expenses
- The amount of your request.
- Information about other sources of funding to which you are applying.
2014 Thesis Titles
The American Legal Practice of Thomas Addis Emmett, 1804-1827
A Return to Terroir: The Evolving American Wine Industry
Evaluating Racial Equality in Private America: The African American Golfing Experience in the 20th Century
Melos in Drama: Exploring the Musical Mind Through Melodrama in Wagner, Brecht, and Sirk
Spending Without Saying: Substantive Representation and President Obama's First Term Anti-Poverty Record
Chanting Down Babylon, Race and Reggae in the Post-War Era
Bureaucratic Control of the U.S. Attorney's Office: An Analysis of Criminal Prosecutions under George W. Bush
Practicing to Succeed: The Effects of the Duration and Intensity of Sports Participation on the Development of Intellectual Resilience
Where is the Soul of a Jackalope? Animism in Taxidermic Practice
Home Improvement: An Empirical Analysis of the Effects of Parental Involvement on Children's Academic Outcomes
Reassuring Memory: History and Nation-Building at Gilded Age and Progressive Era American World's Fairs
Girls in Transition: The Emerging Role of the Female Heroine in Best-Selling Young Adult Novels in the United States from 2003-2013
Hashtags and Headlines: The Evolving Narrative Forms of Journalism in the Digital Age
Constructing Freaks, Families, and Beauty Queens: The Public Display of the Female Body
A Poor Workman Blames His Tools: Why the System Is Not Broken and How Congress is Responsible for the Imperial Presidency
Using U-PB Geochronology to Constrain the Formation of a New Jersey Nelsonite
Between Mold and Molt: Aesthetics and the Matter of Race
A Union at Risk: Competition, Change, and the Political Influence Processes of New York's Teachers Unions
Beyond Escapism: Rehearsing Reality and Therapy in Children's Fantasy Literature - L. Frank Baum's Oz Series and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series
The Role of For-Profit Ventures in Economic Development: A Case Study of Textile Artisans in the Global Apparel Industry
Just Words? An experimental analysis of presidential rhetoric's impact on African-American opinion
The Power of Perception: Examining the National Rifle Organization's Evolution from Shooting Club to Dominant Political Lobby
"Females But Not Followers": Perceptions of femininity, the Self-Concept, and Leadership Ability in Adolescent Females
Job Accessibility, Affordability, and Federal Housing Assistance
The Netflix effect and remote(ly) shared experiences: How social media enables binge-viewing