Skip to main content

Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.


Contributor
Date Range
2012 2018


The sport of football has become one of the most widely loved and watched sports in the United States. Fans of football are extremely dedicated to the sport and form very personal, emotional attachments to teams within the National Football League. Through studying these fans, three main analysis topics will be addressed in this thesis: the established fan knowledge that creates rules within the fandom on how a fan participates and the exceptions to those rules, the need that fan’s who do not fit into the normative patterns of the fandom feel to explain their motivations, and the degree of ...

Contributors
Gutierrez, Brooke Kathleen, Eaton, John, Lee, Christopher, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

The revitalization of the Olympic Games was introduced in 1896 and since then has left a global impact. Over time the candidature process for a city to host the games has evolved from a conversation about wealth to a focus on sustainable practices and cultural influence. This thesis aims to assess the implementation of Agenda 2020, a strategic roadmap created by the International Olympic Committee in 2015. The paper specifically looks at recommendations one, two and three; which are all geared towards bidding procedures. Within this paper, there is information from secondary sources that are both official and unofficial Olympic ...

Contributors
Chavan, Manali, Eaton, John, McIntosh, Daniel, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Creative adventurers are a modern artistic subculture defined by aesthetic individualism and rugged outdoor practicality. Contemporary photographers and videographers who live an active outdoor lifestyle place significant demands on their shoes and feet wherever they work. As a result of the increasing growth of photo based social media, part of producing creative content in this field involves artists interacting directly with their favorite brands through “product tagging” and other means of rapid networking. This energetic atmosphere of creativity and brand engagement presents a unique opportunity to introduce a footwear product specifically made for the brand-conscious visual artist. A collaborative shoe ...

Contributors
Hansen, Chase Arthur, Hoffner, Kristin, Eaton, John, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

For decades, the National Football League Draft has served as a corner piece for professional football franchises to climb out of the proverbial basement of the NFL and for all teams to improve their competitive position. Teams, especially those that were not able to find success during the previous season, are able to offer their fans hope, which, in some instances, is all that a fan base has to look forward to. High expectations and tremendous pressure result. Front offices must be thorough and decisive in their scouting and selection-making processes in order to make good on their promises of ...

Contributors
Staloch, Nicholas Phillip, Mokwa, Michael, Eaton, John, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

We were driven by the question: what is happening to the popularity of Major League Baseball? In order to answer this question we compared the league structure of Major League Baseball with that of the National Football League. We were able to speak with five former or current members of the respective leagues in order to gain some insight into how the two leagues operate. The main focus of our research was around the payroll structures of the two leagues as well as their revenue sharing policies. In the end, we discovered that Major League Baseball is becoming highly regionalized. ...

Contributors
Heath, Cameron, Linamen, John, Eaton, John, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

My thesis is designed to provide information about the spending habits and return on investment of certain fan segmentations of Phoenix valley residents, at the WM Open. In 2012, Professor Michael Mokwa, Professor John Eaton, and Professor Bradley Fay of the Department of Marketing at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, conducted an Economic Impact Study and a Study regarding Attendance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It was a joint research study with the ASU W.P. Carey School of Business and the Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research, and the studies were designed to 1) demonstrate the ...

Contributors
Rischitelli, Anna Catherine, Eaton, John, McIntosh, Daniel, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

The National Basketball Association is the world’s most recognized professional basketball league. Athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Lebron James have transcended from being high school standouts to global icons, but their careers might not have panned out the same way if they weren’t allowed to declare for the draft immediately upon graduating high school. In 2005, the NBA and the NBA Players Association agreed to implement an age limit for athletes declaring for the NBA Draft. Although this was supposed to reduce the quantity of younger players declaring for the draft, the rule has been ineffective as the average ...

Contributors
Kender, Mitchell Edward, McIntosh, Daniel, Eaton, John, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

This paper intends to analyze the National Football League (NFL) and the role stadiums play within it. The NFL, being the nation’s largest professional sports league, has experienced a large amount of volatility over the past couple of decades. Teams have relocated a significant number of times and stadium projects have grown in size, cost, and frequency. Because of these observations, we chose to focus in on this particular sports league in order to answer our many questions surrounding the role of a professional sports stadium in the economics of a city. We seek to understand the economics these sports ...

Contributors
Guillen, Sergio, Willms, Jacob, Goegan, Brian, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

This paper intends to analyze the National Football League (NFL) and the role stadiums play within it. The NFL, being the nation’s largest professional sports league, has experienced a large amount of volatility over the past couple of decades. Teams have relocated a significant number of times and stadium projects have grown in size, cost, and frequency. Because of these observations, we chose to focus in on this particular sports league in order to answer our many questions surrounding the role of a professional sports stadium in the economics of a city. We seek to understand the economics these sports ...

Contributors
Guillen, Sergio, Willms, Jacob, Goegan, Brian, et al.
Created Date
2018-05
thumbnail image

This paper attempts to introduce analytics and regression techniques into the National Hockey League. Hockey as a sport has been a slow adapter of analytics, and this can be attributed to poor data collection methods. Using data collected for hockeyreference.com, and R statistical software, the number of wins a team experiences will be predicted using Goals For and Goals Against statistics from 2005-2017. The model showed statistical significance and strong normality throughout the data. The number of wins each team was expected to experience in 2016-2017 was predicted using the model and then compared to the actual number of games ...

Contributors
Vermeer, Brandon Elliot, Goegan, Brian, Eaton, John, et al.
Created Date
2018-05