Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Helenan S. Robin

Second Advisor

Chester B. Rogers

Third Advisor

Ernest E. Rossi

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Student political activism as an area of study has become less attractive to Western writers because of the sharp decline in student activism that was characteristic of the 60s. While the Western nations now discuss student activism as historical events, countries in the developing world are still engulfed with student political activism.

This research is comparative and analytic. It shows that the issue at stake in a political environment is more significant than the political environment itself; that students from the developing world are much more politically active than their counterparts in the developed world; that political participation is an integral part of development; and lack of differences between the degree and intensity of the political participation of the students from the developing world while in the United States.