Senior Theses

Every Religious Studies major at Saint Michael's works individually with a faculty member to complete a senior thesis as a summation of their studies in the department.

Class of 2011
Maura Baxter Impending Doom: An Analysis of Apocalyptic New Religious Movements
(Advisor: Byrne)
Katelyn Enos The Impossibility of Religious Toleration without True Understanding: “Islamic Terrorism” and the U.S. Media since “9/11”.
(Advisor: Saint-Laurent)
Kimberly Foster Peripheral Monasticism: A Comparison of Celtic and Palestinian Asceticism
(Advisor: Saint-Laurent)
Emily Heney How Green is Death?: An Examination of Funerary Practices through the History of Christianity
(Advisor: Mahoney)
Sheila Leary The Law of Karma and Christian Morality: Attuned or Contradictory?
(Advisor: Kroger)
Emily Pigeon Religion and Education in Canada: A Comparative Analysis of Shifting Models
(Advisor: Patterson)
Elizabeth Siekman (AM) Catholic Habits and Muslim Veils: Popular Reaction to Women's Religious Dress in 19th and 20th Century America
(Advisor: Patterson)
Heather Simson The Return of the Demonic: Exorcisms in the Modern Catholic Church
(Advisor: Byrne)
Courtney Smith (’12) “In Adam's fall we sinned all”: Puritan Theology in Early American Children's Literature (Advisor: Patterson)
Jaclyn Thurnauer America's Religion: The Initial Appeal and Esotericism of Early Mormonism
(Advisor: Trumbower)
Julia Trombly ¡Celebramos!: Trends of Hispanic/Latino Catholicism in the U.S
(Advisor: Kroger)