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 2014

  • ► Kristin Kavanagh (DA/SX)
         "Dance, A Gift Stolen"
     
  • ► Kolbe Rubin (SX/DA) - "The True Artist"
  • ► Daniel Drain (PH/TH) - "Metanoia: Re-cognizing the Gift of Being"
  • ► Dana Yurgosky (MB/BUSA) - "Business and Ethics: An Intertwining of Reason and Spirituality for Profitable Ventures"
  • ► Elizabeth Blaisse (BI/CH) - "Personhood: What Makes Us Human"
  • ► Joshua Gregory (BioChem-Mole Bio) - "An Analysis of the Quality of Care Provided by the American Health Care System" 
  • ► Julia McMahon (BI) - "Environmental Ethics and Moral Obligations toward Creation"
  • ► Kevin Regan (PH/PO) - "The Catholic Citizen: The Problem with and the Solution to the Liberal Quandry"
  • ► Matthew Radziwill (AB) - "Bridging the Growing Income Inequality Gap in a Nation of Equality and Pursuit of the American Dream is Social Justice"
    Colleen Gallagher (SX/BI/PL) - "An Investigation into the Ethical Implications of the Commercialization of the Fitness Industry"
  • ► Joseph McDaniel (PH/HI) - "Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding of Media and its Fulfillment in the Incarnation"
  • ► Bethany Wall (TH/PH) - "The Fulfillment of Reason in Love"
 
 

Class of 2013

  • Kathryn Stimpfle (EE)
    "The Gospel of Womanhood According to Jane Eyre"
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  • ► 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"
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Class of 2012

  • ► Robert Zanneo (MA/ED)
    "The Negative Impact of Incentives on Human Behavior: The Difference Between Intrinsic/Extrinsic Motivation"
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  • ► 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"
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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" 
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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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