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All students within the Humanities Department complete a culminating capstone research project. These projects can take a wide variety of forms, anything from a 25-page traditional research paper to a documentary film or comprehensive proposal for a community organization.

The goal is to research something you are passionate about and then create a project that reflects the skills you have acquired. Senior projects often have the potential to open future doors for students.

Recent Research Project Titles

  • Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan: A Reality Codified Under Taliban Law

  • Fairy as Docent: Poetic and Mythic Imagination in the Formation of Contemporary Irish Culture

  • Hide and Seek: Finding Lost Generation Authors Within the Historical Context of World  War I

  • In The Name of Love: Mohandas Gandhi's Fight for the Independence of India

  • "Remember the Ladies:" How Abigail Adams and Edith Wilson Helped to Shape the Image of the American First Lady

  • The Reluctant Director: An Account of Time in the Life of the First-time Director of Marti's Confession

  • The Printmaking Process: A Research of Family Portraiture

  • Deaf and Black in America

  • The Harlem Renaissance: A Visual History of Black America

  • The Interplay Between the Art and Equestrian Philosophy: A Study of the Greco-Roman and Renaissance Eras

  • Honeysuckle Summers By the Sea: A Story About Friendship and a Shared Place

  • California's Worker's Compensation: Can this System be Redeemed?

  • Language, Power, and Subjugation

  • Barbie: Issues of Body, Race and Gender

  • Patchwork: Log Cabin Quilt Project

  • The Angels of Altruism

  • Spiritual Retreats and Wellness Centers: Sanctuaries That Offer Alternatives to Mainstream Institutional Religion

  • Women, Wealth, and the Arts: A Look at Six Women as Patrons, Collectors and Connoisseurs

  • The True Theatre of Existence: A Plea for the Performing Arts in the computer Age

  • Medieval Castle Restoration in the South of France Summer of 1994

  • The Culture and History Surrounding Navajo Weaving

  • The Actions of Neutral European Nations During the Second World War

  • The Fostering of Community: Christian beliefs, expressed through Art in the Catacombs

  • Ancient Egyptians to Medieval Ladies: The Role of Women in Society and its Effect on their Participation in Athletics

  • Psychological Aspects of Willa Cather's Narrative

  • Bilingual Education Program in Elementary and Middle Public Schools

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution for School Curriculum Grades K-12

  • The Labyrinth: From Ancient Greece to Medieval Europe

  • Whaling from Europe to San Francisco Bay (1750-1972)

  • The Road to California: The Role of Quilting in Nineteenth Century American Women's Lives, a Fictional Account

  • Water Filtration Systems: Individual Responsibility for Clean Water

  • The Women of Victorian England: Images of Ideal and Real

  • Student Murals in California Public Schools: Embracing Creativity, Enhancing Education, Building Community

  • Frida Kahlo: A Painter of Genius, a Painter of Self

  • An Introduction to Medieval Languedoc, the Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade

  • Expressions of Culture (video)

  • Lessons on Being a Woman: A Family Memoir

  • The Problem with Technology: Nihilism, Concealment, and Social Chaos in the Information Age

  • United States Women in World War II: The Home Front as the Battlefront

  • Changing Fortune: Iconography of the Fickle Goddess from the Middle Ages Through the Renaissance

  • Hieronymus Bosch: A Look at the History of the Church in the 15th Century and its Influence on Hieronymus Bosch

  • A Starting Kit: Track & Field for 4th-6th graders

  • Twenty Remarkable Women of the 20th Century -- An Exhibit of Contemporary Icons

  • Three Greek Heroes

  • India: A Five-Week Unit for Teaching in a Secondary Classroom

  • An Analysis of Illiteracy in America

  • Marketing to a Two Class Society

  • The Female Hula Dancer: Ancient Religions Symbol to Modern Pop Icon *not on file*

  • The Way is Immanent: An Inquiry Into the Notion of Taoist Mysticism

  • Kabuki Theatre: Tracing Its Roots

  • Frida Kahlo: Her Strength Within Her Artwork

  • Hydrophilia

  • We Must Never Forget!

  • Martin Buber:The Mystic Who Fell Back to Earth

  • The Rise of the Theseus Myth During the Reign of Peisistratus

  • Words and Actions: Upholding the Corporate Image During Adverse Circumstances

  • Mukashimukashi

  • Why English? Exploring the Culture and Linguistic Dominance of the English

  • Strike A Balance: An Investigation Ito Growing Up In Intentional Communities

  • Specialty Museums and Special collections In California

  • It's All In The Mindfulness: A Spiritual Approach to Mental Difference and Recovery from Addition

  • The Metamorphosis Of Maize From Sacred Plant to World Commodity

  • Umm Kulthum Woman and Legend

  • The Modern Face of the "Glasgow Style" Architectural Masterworks

  • From Heterodoxy to Heresy: The Rise and Fall of the Medieval Cathars

  • Diocletian Persecution and Constantine's Promotion of Christianity

  • The Life and Times of Elizabeth Louise Vigee-Le Brun

  • Sparta: The Ideal State

  • Jean Henry Dunant: Father of International Humanitarian Law

  • Rite of Passage: Michoacan and Mexican Immigration

  • Spoil of War: The Influence on Warfare on the Dev. Of Individual Rights and Liberties

  • "In-Roads:" A Memoir in Five Chapters

  • The Way of the Cross and The Problem of Human Suffering: A Self Portrait

  • Asian American Women Writers

  • A Photographic Expression of Culturally Influenced Art And Architecture in the Bay Area

  • Essay and Photos on Abalone diving the California North Coast

  • Contemporary Cross-Cultural Communication: Five Approaches to Bridging the Gulfs

  • The Contributions of Music Educator Carl Orff

  • Lucretia Coffin Mott:"Truth Authority, Not Authority for Truth"

  • In the Light of Recurrent " Roman" Values

  • The Reform and Dissidence Movement In Czechoslovakia from 1968-1986

  • Cleopatra: Reality, Propaganda, and Imagery

  • Memory Unchained: The Recapturing of a Joyful Life

  • Biography of Eugene A. Clancey

  • Prayer: Conversations and Research

  • The Art of Controversy

  • Celtic Christianity: A New Form of Christianity

  • The Healing Power of Dolls: Creating the Mythical, Personal, and Cultural Doll for Women's Growth and Healing

  • Dominican University Press: A Business Plan

  • Women's Role in the Celtic Myths

  • California's First All Black Township

  • NAFTA and the Failure to Implement a Cross-Border Trucking Agreement

  • Eight Artists, Eight Paintings: The Ashcan School and the Formation of a Distinct Art Movement

  • The Oregon Death With Dignity Act

  • Breaking The Mold: Social Justice and the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act

  • On Gnosticism: An Investigation of Knowing

  • Is the Gerber Baby Really Picture Perfect? The Impact of food preparation, food consumption and exercise on the health of children

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe: Icon of and Empowerment

  • Guerrilla Artists: A Discovery of Modern Graffiti

  • Nicaragua: A Book of Memories

  • Images of the Divine Feminine

  • Text Transformation: A Look at Illuminated Manuscripts

  • Through the Life of Caden

  • Reclaiming Peace: A Feminist Anthropology of Violence and Domination

  • The Great Sioux Nation: Legacy in the Wind

  • Media Impact on Suicide: A Look at a Post-Columbine World

  • Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe

  • The Sacredness of Water in the Bible and in my Personal Life

  • The Tune of Pandora

  • Little Wars Behind Closed Doors: Expressing my Life Through Poetry

  • Divine Destruction

  • California Impressionism: A Distinctive Regional American Art Form

  • Comfort Cards: Practical Wisdom to Ease Stress & Upset

  • Portraits of the Patron: The Calendar Illustrations of the Tres Riches Heures

  • The Mesmerizing Disk of Phaistos and its Many Meanings

  • Shades of Blossoms: Women's Stories from Around the World

  • Wolf Peaches, Love Apples, Heirlooms, Giant Berries & Home-Grown Tomatoes

  • Healing Through Spirit, Prayer and Mind

  • The Process of Becoming

  • Inside the Numbers: A Statistical Analysis of Baseball's Hall of Fame

  • American Muslim Youth: Women

  • Loni Kuhn: A Life Transformed in the Kitchen

  • Why They Keep Singing: Case Studies of Long Term Participants in Choral Singing

  • The Role of Feminism in Reshaping Twentieth Century American Judaism

  • The Prison of Conformity: An Essayist's Exploration of Mexican-ness

  • Erin's Harp and the Starry Flag: The Irish in the North During the American Civil War

  • Teaching Democracy: Educating For Life

  • Borrowed Faith

  • Life, Liberty and Assimilation: A Study of the Russian Jewish Immigration Experience Through Oral Family History

  • Business Plan for Beyond Faces Foundation

  • America's Secret CIA Operated War in Laos During the Vietnam War

  • Mary Magdalene: Woman of Consequence

  • Osama Bin Laden: Unveiling the Man

  • Heart and Mind of Enlightenment:A Study of the Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

  • Colors of a Different Movement

  • Why I Set My Alarm: A Short Glimpse into the Life of a Young Soldier<

  • A History of the Washo Indians of California and Nevada

  • The Social Value of Horses and Equestrian Activities in Marin County

  • W.A.S.H. "We Are Still Here"

  • Autism and Society: Developing Perspective, Developing Understanding

  • Pocahontas, America's Princess: Reality, Myth and Meaning

  • Global Education Through Study Abroad

  • Important Issues Facing California Indian Tribes

  • President Truman and Civil Liberties

  • The Egyptian Influence on Design in Nineteenth Century Paris

  • A Vision of Propaganda in the Early 20th century: War-time Posters from Germany, the United States and Great Britain

  • Exporting Democracy

  • A Performer's Guide to Purcell's "Let Us Wander," "Shepherd, Leave Decoying," and "Sound The Trumpet," Recitative and Aria from Bach's Cantata "Weichet Nur," Mozart's "L'amero, Saro Constante" from Il Re Patore, Berlioz' "Villanelle" from Nuits D'ete, Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" and Poulenc's "C"

  • Internal Conflicts in the Allied Command During the European Campaign in World War II

  • Religion and Women in the Ancient Near East

  • The American Empire and Colonization

  • Uniting and healing the Community: A reflection of Jesus Through Poverty, Oppression and Homosexuality

  • The Biracial Experience in America: Memoirs of a Mixed-Race Girl

  • Examining the Cambodian Genocide & My Family's Experience

  • Unjustly Accused: The Arrests, Trials and Murders of the Crusading Religious Warrior Knights of the Temple of Solomon

  • Military Women during the Second World War

  • From High Risk to Opportunity: The Experience of Minority Children and Adolescents in Foster Care

  • How College Students from Single vs Dual Parent Families Adjust to Life

  • Catholic Lesbian Consciousness

  • Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Equality

  • Three Seasons as a Park Ranger: The Confluence of Wilderness, Management, and Human Experience in Katmai National Park and Preserve

  • A Journey to Ireland: Exploring the History of Irish Thought and Discovering my Origins

  • Reflections on the Medical Maze: Individuals, the System and Ethics

  • Redheads in America

  • One Size Does Not Fit All

  • When a Second Chance is More Like a First

  • Feminine Identity: An Exploration

  • Education in the Hands of the US Supreme Court: Why is Racial Segregation Still an Issue?

  • Business Plan for Beyond Faces Foundation

  • An Art Exhibit by the Children of Willow Creek Academy: A Sausalito Public Charter School

  • The Journey of Cody McDonough

  • The Significance of adequate funding for residential treatment programs.

  • Prisons of Our Own Design

  • The Use, Misuse, and Dubious Necessity of Story in Videogames

  • Totem Animals and the Enneagram

  • The Shakers' Theology in Furniture Design: The Reflection of Shaker Religious Practice

  • Holy Warriors - Rise of the Mexica

  • Marriage Through the Centuries: The Evolution of Marriage and Marital Laws in America

  • Temple Grandin: Early Intervention Success<

  • Native Americans and the Gambling Compromise: Manifest Destiny or Moneyfest Destiny

  • Criminal Tennis

  • The Lost Sheep: Introducing a Spiritual Space for Death

  • Failure of the A.D.A.: A Personal Issue

  • John Lennon's Peace Movement: Piecing Together the Peace Puzzle

  • The Art of Words and Expressions - The Harlem Renaissance>

  • Shared Narrative and Empathy: The Social Dilemma for Children with Asperger's Syndrome

  • Rudolf Steiner's Theory of Early Child Development, Waldorf Kindergarten and Supportive Data from Current Scientific Research

  • The Biblical Values and Ideals Placed on Women in Seventeenth Century New England

  • Four Religious Views on Contraception

  • The California Gold Rush: The Making of the Golden Dream

  • Modern Magazine, Not So Modern Message: How Dating Advice in Contemporary Women's Magazines Reinforces Traditional Gender Roles

  • Malcom X's Transition from Nation of Islam to Islam

  • Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory

  • A Culinary Cultural Liaison

  • "They've Got the Words Right Too" Dialogue Fetish in the Cohen Brothers' Films

  • Scratching the Surface of No Child Left Behind: How No Child Left Behind Unfairly Affects Schools with Significant Proportions of Disadvantaged Students

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics<

  • Two American Women Convert to Islam

  • Immersion in Panamanian Indigenous Society: Lessons Learned and the Future of Sustainable Development

  • Center of the Wheel: A Look at the Uniqueness of an Isolated Nepali Village

  • The Temples of Kyoto: A New Perspective

  • The 1970's: Marin's Golden Era of Distance Running

  • A Holistic Presentation on the Epidemic of Dementia

  • An Experiential Journaling Tool for Dealing with Intense Emotion

  • Cultivating Personal Efficacy Through Arts Based Service-Learning

  • Politics, Propaganda, and Massacre in the Spanish Civil War

  • Chicano!

  • Queen of the Others: Images of Cleopatra in Art and Popular Culture

  • How Sacagawea and Other Native American Tribes Were Critical to the Survival of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

  • A Study of Bolinas: A Community Looking to Maintain Sustainability

  • Still Pictures: A Photojournalistic Essay

  • Mao Versus Khrushchev: An Analysis of the Sino-Soviet Split

  • The Ability of Art to Transcend Oppression

  • Ludwig van Beethoven's Song Cycle "An die ferne Geliebte": Beethoven in his Late Period, Personally and Musically

  • The Fruits of Solitude in Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam


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