Date of Defense



Comparative Religion

First Advisor

Dr. Gregory Howard

Second Advisor

Dr. Susanne Mrozik

Third Advisor

Dr. Vyacheslav Karpov


Religions are often the foundations of societies. A person's religion helps guide his/her behaviors, thoughts, goals and priorities. Religious beliefs are often those beliefs that are adhered to most strongly; they hold incredible power over the believer and the non-believer alike. In many societies around the world, religion is used as a form of social control, and it is often the primary force behind governmental policies and social opinions and expressions. Examining social processes within a religious context allows us to analyze certain societies and their patterns of interactions in a very deep and detailed manner. A particular society or culture cannot be truly understood without examining the religious beliefs, duties and practices that guide the functions of that society.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

Included in

Religion Commons