Date of Defense




First Advisor

Ronald C. Kramer, Sociology

Second Advisor

Susan Caringella-MacDonald, Sociology

Third Advisor

Carol Frisch, Self-Enhancement Services


A fast growing field of service is private investigations. There are an estimated 65,000 private detectives at work in the United States. This figure is up almost 65% from the estimated 40,000 in 1986. Investigation is a process of collecting data and applying logic which requires deductive and inductive reasoning. The purpose of this project is to examine these techniques, as applied to private investigation. This project will identify the various methods of investigation employed and focus on some ethical concerns of the profession. The structure is as follows: individuals who hire services will be identified, the ways in which investigators establish operations will be discussed, methods of investigation will be detailed, and a profile of the real private investigator will be presented.


Open access per author's email Jan 2015.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

Included in

Sociology Commons