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dc.contributor.authorDunn, Cara
dc.date2022-08-03
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-03T20:00:11Z
dc.date.available2022-08-03T20:00:11Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12419/825
dc.description.abstractUndergraduate college students face stigmas when selecting a college major. These stigmas stem from stereotypes about each major which leads to shaming, a cycle that is identified and discussed in this research. Smith's (2007) Stigma Theory and Meisenbach’s (2010) Stigma Management Communication were used to examine what the stigmas surrounding certain college majors are and how these ideologies impact students. This research specifically focused on the stigma communication cycle of stereotyping, spreading stigmas, and shaming. Undergraduate students in an introductory communication course were asked to complete a Qualtrics survey and focus group where they explained their college decisions and how they have encountered major stigmas. Research was analyzed using thematic analysis and a qualitative examination of findings followed. Future research regarding this thesis should identify additional resources for educators to overcome the stigma cycle in university culture.
dc.subjectmajor shamingen_US
dc.subjectstigma communicationen_US
dc.subjectcollege majorsen_US
dc.subjectundergraduate studentsen_US
dc.titleMajor Shaming in Undergraduate Studentsen_US
refterms.dateFOA2022-08-03T20:00:11Z
html.description.abstractUndergraduate college students face stigmas when selecting a college major. These stigmas stem from stereotypes about each major which leads to shaming, a cycle that is identified and discussed in this research. Smith's (2007) Stigma Theory and Meisenbach’s (2010) Stigma Management Communication were used to examine what the stigmas surrounding certain college majors are and how these ideologies impact students. This research specifically focused on the stigma communication cycle of stereotyping, spreading stigmas, and shaming. Undergraduate students in an introductory communication course were asked to complete a Qualtrics survey and focus group where they explained their college decisions and how they have encountered major stigmas. Research was analyzed using thematic analysis and a qualitative examination of findings followed. Future research regarding this thesis should identify additional resources for educators to overcome the stigma cycle in university culture.en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Southern Indianaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRick, Jessica
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDurham, Wesley
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDennis, Erin
dc.description.degreeMaster of Arts in Communicationen_US


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