Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Ramona Lewis

Second Advisor

Christopher Sligh


College can be a difficult time of transition for young men, and done properly a fraternity can provide a strong tool for initial and continued success. My thesis will center on a curriculum I developed for the new members of my fraternity, the Michigan Beta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp). Under the auspices of SigEp’s nationally implemented Balanced Man Program, my program is aimed to help new members of college and SigEp understand collegiate life, fraternity, and how living a life centered around the principles of SigEp can help ensure success in college and in life after college. The aim of this program is to go far beyond the scope of other fraternities’ new member programs, as it is the first stage in a membership out on the experience of continuous development that spans the entirety of a SigEp’s collegiate career.

My thesis will examine the literature existing in the field of higher education student affairs. After providing a brief history of fraternities in the American educational system and a literature review of the field, I will look at how my program converges with the scholarship, and where it diverges. Based on the scholarship in the field of higher education and student affairs and statistical data from the time periods when my program was implemented, I will then make recommendations for future revisions and implementations of the program.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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