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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.


Date Range
2013 2018


This study investigates the use and perception of communications efforts among 197 animal-related and human services nonprofit organizations. Several facets of nonprofit communication such as traditional communication usage, social media adoption and usage, and the overall perception of the organizations’ communications efforts were examined using a survey and Form 990 analysis. More in-depth analysis was conducted on the participating organizations’ Facebook and Twitter accounts as well. After analyzing this data, the study found significant differences in how these two types of nonprofit organizations conduct their communications efforts. Animal-related organizations were much more active and saw higher levels of engagement on ...

Contributors
Coleman, Alexandria Elizabeth, Wu, Xu, Taj, Torrie, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Starting in 2002, Arizona State University (ASU) began a rebranding effort to transition from having a reputation as a top 10 party school to being known as a prestigious research institution. Over the last 15 years, ASU has successfully reached some of these goals, eventually being named the #1 most innovative university in the country by the U.S. News and World Report. Part of this success can be attributed to the university’s communication and marketing efforts, which seek to improve the university’s reputation and build relationships with stakeholders. This study analyzes ASU’s communication entities, how they interact and what messages ...

Contributors
Harrelson, Savannah Lee, Renzulli, Virgil, Bovio, Sonia, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Mobile technology has introduced a new opportunity for students with autism spectrum disorder to communicate. Tablets, like the iPad, allow the users to customize applications for their needs. Users have also found iPads to be less stigmatizing because so many people own them and use them for various purposes. In the fast-paced world of technology, however, research cannot always keep up. It is becoming more important for the teachers and caregivers to evaluate the iPad and its applications for their efficacy in helping improve the child’s communication skills. After a thorough review of current research on app use in educational ...

Contributors
Boyd, Tara Katherine, Hart, Juliet, Farr, Wendy, et al.
Created Date
2013-12

Depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts or actions are on the rise in adolescents (National Institute of Mental Health, 2015; Bridge, Asti, & Horowitz, 2015). Parents, school administrators, and therapists are searching for resiliency factors with in at-risk groups to aid students in need. In previous work, Luthar and Zigler (1992) reported that intelligent youth are more resilient than less intelligent youth under low stress conditions but they lose their advantage under high stress conditions. This study examined whether intelligence (reflected in grade point average; GPA) and maladaptive (internalizing and externalizing symptoms) behaviors are negatively related in adolescents, and tested whether ...

Contributors
Gonzales, Ashlyn Carol, Luthar, Suniya, Davis, Mary, et al.
Created Date
2017-12

“Bow to the Queen” is an investigation of the presence of classism within the American renaissance faire subculture and the way it impacts communication between community members. While “rennie” subculture has been the subject of many ethnographies in the past, this thesis uses quantitative data to first identify the state of classism and then analyze any effects or correlations it maintains with communication. The literature review shows that unlike past studies, “Bow to the Queen” does not compare members of the renaissance faire community to outsiders, but rather defines the complex social structure and uses it to compare different subgroups ...

Contributors
Daugherty, Hayleigh, Bates, Denise, Thomas, David, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

With beauty magazines becoming a prevalent source of information and inspiration for girls and young adults, this creative project analyzed Seventeen Magazine in an attempt to understand its implications. Shortly after its debut, the publication shifted its focus from career and goal-oriented topics to those of fashion and romance. In an effort to construct a visual critique of the segments produced by Seventeen and receive audience response, an interactive installation was created and opened to the public. This paper explains the method used and includes a discussion of audience opinion.

Contributors
Fuller, Darcy Shannon, Linde, Jennifer, Stewart, Karen, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

This project examines how civil communication can be beneficial in organizations and the work place. It examines how conflict, power differences, and incivility contribute to uncivil atmospheres and applies a framework of civil communication to address the issues. The analysis is based upon a third party’s published description of an organizational narrative sample and the civil communication framework of civil listening, civil speech and civil actions are then applied. The goal of this project is to determine the relationships between communication and productivity, conflict and productivity as well as if civil communication can address conflict and organizational productivity.

Contributors
Wilson, Jenna Marie, Linde, Jennifer, Alberts, Jess, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The foundations of legacy media, especially the news media, are not as strong as they once were. A digital revolution has changed the operation models for and journalistic organizations are trying to find their place in the new market. This project is intended to analyze the effects of new/emerging technologies on the journalism industry. Five different categories of technology will be explored. They are as follows: the semantic web, automation software, data analysis and aggregators, virtual reality and drone journalism. The potential of these technologies will be broken up according to four guidelines, ethical implications, effects on the reportorial process, ...

Contributors
Maxwell, Gavin William, McGuire, Tim, Cornelius, David, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The following paper presents a case study within the Aerospace industry of a contract between two companies that are working together on an international level. A review of pertinent literature is used to further understand contract manufacturing as it is derived from outsourcing. Additionally, there is discussion of the forms and methods of communication that are used between organizations and the implications that these have upon the functioning of inter-organizational agreements. The case study focuses primarily upon the communications that have been implemented within a contract manufacturing setting to enable two competing Aerospace manufacturers to work together on a multi-year ...

Contributors
Tagtmeyer, Robert Jon, Carter, Joseph, Printezis, Antonios, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

An information influx and numerous modes of content delivery has resulted in local governments competing for the public’s attention. A recent poll from the Public Technology Institute discovered that although 85% of Local Governments use social media to disseminate information to their constituents, only 37% have an enterprise-wide social media strategy (PTI, 2017). Without a clear approach towards social media, Local Governments are failing to maximize their voices and often ineffective when reaching out to their constituents. Research has suggested, charisma is a successful tool for capturing an audience’s attention and conveying a memorable message. Charisma can also be taught ...

Contributors
Prior, Thomas Cole, Jensen, Ulrich, Lewis, Natalie, et al.
Created Date
2018-05