Research & Writing

Majors learn how to do qualitative research and get hands-on experience designing research projects, conducting interviews and doing fieldwork in CCS 4850.  This senior capstone experience culminates in CCS 4860 where students complete a research project that they designed and conducted.

Recent Capstone Projects:

Spring 2023
  • Lucia Meyers, Ethnic Studies
    "Conversaciones el la Mesa: Migration nad Experiences of Mexican Women Living in Northwest Ohio"
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Luis Moreno
  • Katherine Pool, Ethnic Studies
    "Examination of Historical Housing Discrimination in Toledo, Ohio"
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Thomas Edge
  • Jordan Swartz, Popular Culture
    "The Correlation Between Social Media and Self Image"
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Montana Miller
  • Surah Marks, Ethnic Studies
    "'Going Back to My Roots': An examination of black hair through generations"
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Jessica Birch
  • Donovan Gaffney, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
    "Analyzing the misogyny and violence in the Red Pill online community"
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback
  • Alexadra Haynes, Popular Culture
    "The Perpetuation of the American Misinterpretation that Anime is for Children"
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Kristen Rudisill
  • China Bower, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
    "The Fall and Rise of Domestic Arts"
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback
Spring 2022
  • Caytlin Schultz, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    "A Critical Evaluation of Domestic Violence Resources at BGSU."
  • Zion Kania, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    “'Pronouns? Wait Until You Hear About Adverbs!' Memes as a means of Developing Gender Queer Identity and Community in Online Spaces"
  • Tony Lowe, American Culture Studies
    "Learning Histories of People of Color at Bowling Green High School"
  • Uzochi Nwauwa, Ethnic Studies
    "Good Hair!: The Significance of Black Women’s Hair"
  • Mikayla Fitzpatrick, Ethnic Studies
    "The Common Experiences of Women of Color Faculty at Universities in the United States"
  • Christopher Wilson, Ethnic Studies
    "Is Nike Congruent with the Social Messages they use to sell Products? Tracking Nike’s Social Congruency"
  • Roux Wells-Jensen, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    "Multiplicity of Being: The (Many) Nonbinary Experience(s)"
  • Molly Marody, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    "BGSU’s All-Gender Housing and the Student Experience"
  • Nicholas Wynn, Popular Culture
    "Alma de La Frontera: Vivir Entre, Vivir Más Allá (Soul of the Borderlands: To Live Between, To Live Beyond)"
  • Elijah Blunders 
    "Refusal to Condemn the Queer: The Relationship between the LGBTQ+ Community and the Unitarian Universal Church at BGSU"
Spring 2021
  • William Ezzell, Popular Culture
    "Live From A Studio Audience: How M*A*S*H and All in the Family discussed and educated audiences on the Vietnam War."
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Rob Sloane
  • Clare de Lune, Popular Culture
    "Transition and Transcendence: Graphic Novels as a Mode of Transgender Expression"
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Charles Coletta
  • Shelby Kuney, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    "Understanding Lesbian Gender: a Recontextualization of Lesbian Gender and Identity Through the Non-Binary Lesbian"
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Tessa Pyles
  • Mikayla Ernst, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    "Exploring Bowling Green State University’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Through a Survey of Individual Experience"
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback
  • Donovan Gaffney, Ethnic Studies
    "Addressing Race on the Longest street in the world: Sesame Street!"
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Thomas Edge
  • Madison Everett, Ethnic Studies
    "Something to Fall Back On: An Analysis of the Black Church as a Model for Other All-Black Spaces"
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Thomas Edge
  • Alan Martinez, Ethnic Studies
    "Expanding Across the Pacific: Establishing Chinese-Mexican Culture in 20th Century North America"
    Faculty Consultant: Dr. Luis Moreno
  • Kristin McKeown, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    "A Novel Remote Team-Based Learning Platform for Medical Students Using Readily Available Technology"
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback
Spring 2020
  • Collin J. Andrews (Major PopC; minor in History)
    "Dungeons & Dragons: An Investigation of the Game’s Recent Popularity"
  • Carter D. Bracy (Major Ethnic Studies; minor in geography)
    “Hot, Hot Humboldt Park: Real Estate Vernacular and its Effects on Gentrification”
  • Gretel J. Thorpe (Major ACS; minors in Design for Social Impact, non-profit administration, and political science)
    "Material Artifacts of the Contemporary EDM Festival Scene: Commerce, Community, and Counterculture"

Updated: 11/08/2023 02:12PM