On the Wings of Truth

Honor Thesis 

Each Spring semester, the students in the Senior class of the ► Faith & Reason Honors Program undertake a 3-credit independent study, the culmination of which is a 30-50 page honors thesis.  The topic of the thesis is chosen by the student, with the approval of the faculty advisor and the director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture. 

The best thesis each year, as judged by the Review Committee of the Salesian Center, receives the annual "Faith & Reason" award.

The honors theses are grouped below according to class year.  To see all the theses in a given year, follow the class links below.  To read any particular thesis, click on the name of the student-author below:

► Class of 2006

► Class of 2007

► Class of 2008

► Class of 2009

► Class of 2010

► Class of 2011

► Class of 2012

 ► Class of 2013

 ► Class of 2014

 ► Class of 2015




Class of 2015

  • ► Alexandra Romanyshyn (PL/EN) 
    "Literary Analysis: Contrasting Tradition and Modernism"
  • Katherine Bortz (CM) - "Star-Crossed Plotlines: Discussions of Determinism and Free Will in Young Adult Literature"
  • ► Ashley Caroff (HI) - "A Call for Equality in Educational Opportunities for All Students"
  • Jennifer Fay (CJ) - "The Modern Educational System: Historical Influences and Pursuit of Knowledge Equality"
  • ► Seth Foreman (SX) - "Sports and Professional Athletes Impact Our Youth"
  • Nicholas Johnson (PL) - "On The Kingdom of God: Maria Christus Vincit, Quod Deus Vult"
  • ► Jessica Mathiesen (BICH/BI) "The Ethics of Human Stem Cell Research"
  • Casey Schermick (SS/MK) - "Athlete Philanthropy:  A Review of the Moral Obligations for Professional Athletes"
  • ► Stephen Van Doran (PO) "Medical Marijuana Policy"

Class of 2014


Class of 2013

  • Kathryn Stimpfle (EE)
    "The Gospel of Womanhood According to Jane Eyre"
  • ► Clint Badger (BiCh) - "An Investigation into the Scientific and Ethical Implications of Synthetic Cellular Biology"
  • ► Anthony Calvano (HI) - "The Intrinsic Relationship between Faith and Reason Evidenced in the Just War Theory"
  • ► Catherine Fischer (DA/MFS) - "Marriage:  Real Unity Requires Real Difference"
  • ► Jonathan Langton (CJ) - "Digital Forensics and Law Enforcement: An Impending and Necessary Paradigm Shift"
  • ► Kelsie Massini (PO) - "U.S. Domestic Violence Legislation and the Application of Catholic Social Justice Theory"
  • ► Scott Suleski (CJ) - "When the Badge Comes Off:  An Informative Analysis of Side-Effects of Careers in Law Enforcement"

Class of 2012

  • ► Robert Zanneo (MA/ED)
    "The Negative Impact of Incentives on Human Behavior: The Difference Between Intrinsic/Extrinsic Motivation"
  • ► Nicholas Ardito (SS) - "Corruption and Sports:  A Relationship That Needs to End and What the Law Can Do to Help"
  • ► Jordan Blank (PL) - "Theodicy and Utilitarianism:  To Get God Off the Hook, Have We Ceded Too Much Ground?"
  • ► Bridget Clark (BI) - "Assessing Ethical Concerns Involving Genetic Probing and Gene Therapy in the Treatment of Disease"
  • ► Katelynn Henrich (CH) - "DNA and Fingerprints:  Useful Forensic Tools or Challenges to the Justice System?"
  • ► Nicole Kowalsky (MA) - "Mathematics in Nature:  A Link to God?"
  • ► Deborah Lubov (AB) - "The Role of Accounting in Recent Global Financial Crises in Italy and the Entire Euro-Zone"
  • ► Melissa Millili (BI) - "The Physician's Oath:  A Professional's Covenant with Life"
  • ► Colleen Shelley (MA/CH) - "The Innate Unity and Sociality of Humanity and the Call to Service"

Class of 2011

► Benjamin Foster (BI)
"An Examination of the Intrinsic Ethical Concerns Associated with Synthetic Biology"

Class of 2010

► Nicholas Schenk (BI) 
"Personhood or Dignity:  What Is the Foundation of Bioethics?" 

  • ► Ryan Blacker (AB/FN) - "Corporate Greed vs. Social Responsibility:  Business Ethics for the 21st Century"
  • ► Amanda Hartzell (EN/HI) - "Maritain's 'Madness' in Hamlet:  Language as Creator, Dramatist, and Inspiration"
  • ► Matthew Kuhner (PL/TH) - "Heaven Held Back:  On the Reductions in Secularism and Fulfillment in Trinitarian Love"
  • ► Margaret Wakelee (PL/TH) - "@ God:  The Struggle to Pray in a Technological Age" 

Class of 2009

► Lauren Greene (EN/ED) 
"Thomas Merton: A Study of 20th Century Ideas for the 21st Century American Catholic" 

Class of 2008

► Rachel Coleman (BI)
"The Sins of our Fathers: The Current Generation and the Vice of Acedia"

Class of 2007

► Elizabeth Pfister (NU)
"The 'Human' in Human Immunodeficiency Virus: Focus on a Domestic and South African Stigma"

Class of 2006

Marian West (DA/MFS)
"Time to Move, Humanity, Art and Dance Redeemed"

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