Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Peter Renstrom

Second Advisor

Dr. Alan Isaak

Third Advisor

Carolyn Lewis


In the melting pot of American society, the concept of law cannot be underestimated. American society is based upon racial, ethnic, and religious diversity, all converged under one legal system. The premise of the American legal system is that everyone, regardless of their status in society, is held accountable under the same laws of the land. Since everyone is represented in the law, it is their civic duty to abide by these laws. The basis of a constitutional society is law; it replaced the old monarchy systems of Europe with one of equality. In the United States of the 1990's, these basic tenets hold true or are supposed to hold true. The society that was created in 1776 was far different than the one that serves as the beacon of democracy throughout the world today.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access