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Examples of MLS Programs and Capstone Essays

Examples of MLS Programs and Capstone Essays since 1998

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Anthony (Buddy) Candela

Areas of Study: Journalism and Mass Communication, Theater, Sociology, Geography, English

Essay Title: Unlucky, a Student Film (degree awarded May 2016).

The essay "Unlucky, A Student Film" details the making of a full-length feature film right here at Kent State. The essay discusses the essential steps in producing a feature film, challenges you will face, as well as tips and tricks on how to be a director. Check out the film's trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT2xONTQZcU


Areas of Study: English, Psychology, Sociology, Library Science

Essay Title: Book Discussion Groups for Women Age 65 and Over (PDF) (degree awarded May 2015). The essay gives an overview of the history of book discussion groups and examines the results of a survey taken by women age 65 and over in civic groups, church groups, and book discussion groups. Survey results lead to a suggested list of best practices for facilitators and librarians to utilize when organizing book discussion groups.

Anne M. Ughrin

Areas of Study: Latin, Marketing, English

Essay Title: The Process, Product, and Placement of Instructional Materials in the Educational Market (PDF) (degree awarded May 2014). This capstone essay is a retrospective report about the educational reform that influenced the design of curriculum and instructional materials with which I have taught during my ten-year career. The later part discusses how I learned to make these materials available in the Educational market.

D'Wanna Douglass

Areas of Study: Counseling, Education, Sociology

Essay Title: Lost Youth: The Forgotten Ones. A Personal Journey of Awareness & the Need to Advocate (PDF) (degree awarded May 2014). This Essay recounts the story of one woman's efforts to overcome adversity through a combination of life experiences and education in the context of and sometimes even in opposition to recent Sociological studies of the "underprivileged." It also examines how such individuals can use the knowledge they acquire in this way to "pay it forward" and advocate for youth.

Laurie Camp

Areas of Study: Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics, HIED

Essay Title: F3 (Fit, Fabulous Females) Program Evaluation (PDF) (degree awarded May 2014). This essay is a program evaluation of a women's wellness program. It researches the physiological and psychological differences between men  and women and different age groups of women, and shows how those things have to play a part in designing such a program.

Carol E. Briney

Areas of Study: Sociology, Justice Studies, Public Administration, CHDS

Essay Title: My Journey with Prisoners: Perceptions, Observations, and Opinions (PDF) (degree awarded August 2013). This work gives a human face to the statistics about mass incarceration and challenges the reader to think critically about the way in which communities and social policies foster crime and recidivism.

Elizabeth Driscoll

Areas of Study: Education, Public Administration, Sociology

Essay Title: Higher Education: A Perspective of Administration, Access, Affordability and the Policy that Drives It (PDF) (degree awarded May 2013). This essay examines the importance of the access to and affordability of higher education as a significant contributor to health outcomes, opportunities for upward social mobility, and the global and local economy. This essay explores the challenges surrounding access and affordability as it pertains to the most recent
adaptations in public policy, and approaches questions of access and affordability from an overarching sociological perspective, continually revisiting the concern for provision of true equity.

Shay Smith

Areas of Study: Journalism and Mass Communication, Public Administration, Philosophy, Anthropology, Communication

Essay Title: Limitations of the Media and its Effects on the Political Process (PDF) (degree awarded August 2012). This essay examines the dynamic relationship between two vital institutions:  media and politics. The goal of this essay is to obtain a better understanding of how media and politics affect one another. Aiding in this understanding is the analysis of five Supreme Court cases, including the controversial Citizens United v. FEC. This essay is a useful tool for anyone wishing to achieve a better understanding of politics and the importance of critically analyzing both media and political information.

Joshua M. Dayton

Areas of Study: English, Business Administration, Journalism and Mass Communication

Essay Title: The Academic Manuscript: Media Production and the Process of Turning an Idea into a Marketable Entity (PDF) (degree awarded May 2012). Both creative and business-systems-oriented, this essay is a template for burgeoning producers, writers, and entrepreneurs.  Included is original music, a business plan for an original company, production memoirs, research on the psychology of creativity, and a series of creative writing pieces.

Imani Capri

Areas of Study: Journalism and Mass Communication, Business, English, Sociology, History, Theater

Essay Title: Digital Storytelling: The Process and Product; Building Community Through New Media (PDF) (degree awarded December 2011). Storytelling has been a part of the human experience since the beginning of time, but you may be surprised to learn of digital storytelling as a new development in the sharing of human experience. What began as a new artistic form and process in Berkeley, CA, during the 1990s has now evolved into a global phenomenon across multiple disciplines.

Kathleen Swoboda

Areas of Study: Counseling and Human Development Services, Special Education, Nursing, Rehabilitation Counseling, Sociology, Justice Studies

Essay Title: Purposeful Play (PDF) (degree awarded December 2011); a must-read study for any parent or perspective parent on the harmful effects of certain modern child-rearing practices on childhood development and learning capability.

Courtney Lee Yost (Collins)

Areas of Study: Journalism, Instructional Technology, Sociology

Essay Title: The Making of “Mr. Wilson’s Kids: From East Cleveland to Beijing” (PDF) (degree awarded May 2011); a report on the making of this documentary, which followed the Shaw High School marching band as they prepared for and went to perform at the Olympics in China.

Popular Music in 20th Century American Society

Areas of Study:  Music, Journalism, History

Essay Title:  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:  Alan Freed, Cleveland, and the Origins of Rock and Roll

Historic Conservation Issues Facing American Historical Preservation Institutions in the 1990s

Areas of Study:  History, Art, Architecture, Family & Consumer Studies

Essay Title:  The Sylvester Gaylord Church Pulpit:  A Material Culture Case Study

Sports Marketing and Communications

Areas of Study:  Education Admin., History, Journalism

Essay Title:  Marketing Fitness Programs to Northeast Ohio Residents Age 55 and Older:  A Focus on Promotion and Event Marketing

American History and Diversity in the 19th century

Areas of Study:  English, History, Art, Sociology

Essay Title:  The American Mold (A Novella)

Effectiveness of Government Human Service Agencies

Areas of Study:  Public Admin., Sociology, Education Admin.

Essay Title: Pre-College Programs: Access to Higher Education and Beyond 

Criminal Justice and Women's Studies

Areas of Study:  Criminal Justice Studies, Counseling, Health Education

Essay Title:  The Problem of Family Violence:  The Battered Woman’s Experience

Interpretation of Family and Social Change in the Media

Areas of Study:  Sociology, Anthropology, Communication

Essay Title: The Myth of Racial Democracy in Brazilian Race Relations

Afrocentric and Eurocentric Groups in America

Areas of Study:  Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Education

Essay Title:  Attitudes Towards Affirmative Action:  Survey Polls Response

Sociology and Counseling

Areas of Study:  Sociology, Counseling, Human Development

Essay Title: A Chilly Climate-Advising Across Differences at the Post-Secondary Level

Historical and Cultural Influences in 19th C American Literature

Areas of Study:  English, History, Art History, Music History

Essay Title:  The Nineteenth Century Ideal of the Separate Spheres in Nathaniel Hawthorne

Marketing of American Culture in the Cold War Years

Areas of Study:  History, Marketing, Psychology

Essay Title: The John Wayne Screen Persona: An American Icon for the Cold War

Personnel Counseling in Business

Areas of Study:  Business Admin., Sociology, Psychology, Public Admin.

Essay Title: Comparing Health Benefits at Hospitals in the State of Ohio

Women’s Studies in the Creative Arts

Areas of Study:  English, Library Science, Art History

Essay Title:  Women Artists in Contemporary Cinematic Narratives:  Camille Claudel and Carrington

GIS applications in Biology

Areas of Study:  Biology, Geography, Geology

Essay Title:  Unionid Mussels and Substrate Stability:  Experiments in an Artificial Stream

Tourism and the Airline Industry

Areas of Study:  Technology (Aviation), Exercise, Leisure & Sport, History

Essay Title:  From Crystal Palace to Unisphere:  An Analysis of the World's Fair as a Tourist Destination 1851-1965

A Study of Henna

Areas of Study:  Anthropology, Art History, Geography


Essay Title:  Developing Guidelines on Henna:  A Geographical Approach