The Masters of Liberal Studies Theses series publishes theses written under the auspices of the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) Program at Rollins College. The thesis project focuses on a significant question which integrates ideas studied during the course of the MLS Program. Projects may take the form of traditional research studies that utilize primary and secondary sources, or they may be nontraditional studies, such as creative or applied works.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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The Universal Roar: Walt Whitman, John Muir, and the Song of the Cosmos, Jason Balserait

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America the Yogiful: Insights Into American Yoga Culture Today, Carolina Castaneda

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Kafka’s Identity Crisis: Examining The Metamorphosis as a Response to Anti-Semitism and Assimilation in Turn-of-the-Century Europe, Sarah B. Classon

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Diplomacy & Negotiation, Liefke M. Cox

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Bridges, Jane M. Curry

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Applied Theater: Giving Voice to Low-income Teenage Immigrants Through Theater, Nadia S. Garzon

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Handicraft, Hobbitcraft and the Fires of Mordor: The Arts and Crafts Movement, Industrial Revolution and The Lord of the Rings, Gina L. Hewitt

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Unveiling the Veil: Debunking the Stereotypes of Muslim Women, Jennifer Sands

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The Impacts of the Railways in Scotland, Isabella Katherine Stryker

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Mary in Three Movements, John E. Accola, Jr

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Through the Bottom of a Drinking Glass: How Beer and Brewing Changed Human HIstory, Matthew Bougher

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New Dawn Trilogy, David A. Clark

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The Changing Face of China: Chinese Women and Their Awakening Culture, Celia Ella Thornton Corrad

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Gardens Are a Physical Manifestation of Culture: Postmodern Public Parks of the Twenty-First Century Will Be Built on the Infrastructure of the Industrial Age, Steven W. Grant

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The Cult of Salomé: Decapitation Imagery and Cultural Anxiety in Belle Époque Europe., Sean C. Hall

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Lessons In and Out of School, Mary K. Maloney Johnson

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The Democratic Landscape: Envisioning Democracy Through Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic, Stacey L. Matrazzo

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Inheritance of the Past: Patriarchy, Race and Gender in Faulkner's and Chopin's South, Therese D. Osborne

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Reborn in Adversity - Memoir Excerpt and Review of Resiliency Research: Risks and Traits, Alina Patterson

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Humans and Nature: Finding Meaning through Metaphysics, Justin Stone

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Central Florida Food Culture: The Changing Landscape, Kristin Sweeney

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Science’s Harmful Power, Rochelle Thomas

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The Chess Players, Gerry A. Wolfson-Grande

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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The Bicycle in Western Literature: Transformations on Two Wheels, Nanci J. Adler

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My Dear Watson: A Musical Interpretation of Sherlock Holmes’s Friendship with Dr. John Watson, Jami-Leigh C. Bartschi

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Ecological Literacy: Global Planetary Stewardship is Everyone’s Responsibility, Eileen Bobeck-Thoresen

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The Unbought Grace of Life: Chivalry in Western Literature, Richard N. Boggs

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Lessons in Leadership: Ulysses S. Grant, Sheila M. Cappel

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Romance of Loss, Jane N. Cooper

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Frankenstein: A Seminal Work of Modern Literature, Traci K. Damron

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Creating Change Through Documentary Film: An Examination of Select Films, Elizabeth C. Faulcon

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Religion and Architecture in Downtown Orlando, Djordje Jovanović

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The Emergence of Feminism During the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries by Female Artists and Authors, Tracy S. Koubek

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Movie and Television Fathers: A Positive Reflection of Positive Changes, George J. McGowan

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Luther and Hitler: A Linear Connection between Martin Luther and Adolf Hitler’s Anti-Semitism with a Nationalistic Foundation, Daphne M. Olsen

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The Bitter Relicks of My Flame: The Embodiment of Venereal Disease and Prostitution in the Novels of Jane Austen, Melanie Erin Osborn

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Living a Parallel Life: Memoirs and Research of a Transnational Korean Adoptee, Mary C. Robinson

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Maeve and the Lost King, Sunshine Guilkey Schulenberg

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The Influence of Carl Jung’s Archetype of the Shadow On Early 20th Century Literature, Dana Brook Thurmond

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Scandinavian Dream: A Region’s Common Philosophical Principles Resulting in Equality, Prosperity, and Social Justice, Remy Christopher Ansiello

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The Reciprocal Reshaping of the American Dream and American Religion, Samir S. Gupte

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The Role of Indulgences in the Building of New Saint Peter’s Basilica, Ginny Justice

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Unwrapping the Gifts of Artistic Creativity, Brent W. Kubasta

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Les Trois Visionnaires: The Narrative of Balzac, Flaubert, and Zola, Jonathan C. Landwer

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The Satanic Phenomenon: Medieval Representations of Satan, Morgan A. Matos

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Growing Pains: Current Challenges to Urban Farming and the Development of Local Identity, Lorraine E. Monteagut

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A Fairly Sad Tale: A Play Based on the Life and Works of Dorothy Parker, Julianna E. Moring

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Evil: Genocide in the 21st Century, James L. Pigmon

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The Influence and Legacy of Deism in Eighteenth Century America, Tiffany E. Piland

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The Use of Picture Books in the High School Classroom: A Qualitative Case Study, Melissa Reiker

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Echoes From Geneva: Finding John Calvin’s Socio-Economic Interests in the Modern World, Brenda K. Savage

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Towards a Philosophy of Woodworking: Re-embracing Community and Quality Craftsmanship in Contemporary America, Patrick J. Szymanski

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Finger Lickin’ Good: An Analytical Investigation into the Urban Diet, Jennifer T.R. Tomlinson

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Rule Britannia: Britain, Breadfruit, and the Birth of Transoceanic Plant Transportation, Annabel Tudor

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Gayborhood, Cori E. Walter

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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The Vampire Myth and Christianity, Dorothy Ivey

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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The Science of Mediumship and the Evidence of Survival, Benjamin R. Cox III

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The Council of Nicaea: Constantine's Sword or Shield?, Pamela T. Gaskill

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The Ports of Secession: The Economics of Florida Ports in the Secession Crisis, Michael P. Robbins

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Austen Goes Pop: The Evolution of Jane Austen from Rural Writer to Contemporary Icon, Christian Scholer