The Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences includes 7 departments: Art, Communications, English and Foreign Languages, History, Anthropology & Philosophy, Music, Political Science, and Sociology, Criminal Justice and Social Work.

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Recent Submissions

  • Your Neighbors’ Approach: Looking at Various Medical Systems within the Augusta Area

    Boomer, Houlton; Department of History, Anthrop., Philosophy (Augusta University, 2019-05)
  • A Comparative Study of Epilepsy in Medieval Greek and Persian Medicine

    Alapatt, Vinaya; Department of History, Anthrop., Philosophy (Augusta University, 2019-05)
  • Coffee in Augusta

    Guajardo, Aleigna; Department of Communications; Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy (Augusta University, 2019-05)
  • Racial Segregation as a Social Determinant of Health Outcomes: Evidence from Counties in the State of Georgia

    Lee, Divesia; Hull College of Business, Department of English & Foreign Languages (Augusta University, 2019-05)
  • AN EXAMINATION OF MORAL PANICS: HOW THE FEAR OF SATANISM AFFECTED TABLETOP ROLE PLAYING

    Williams, Travis; Department of Biological Sciences; Department of Communication; Department of Anthropology & Philosophy; Augusta University; Johnson, Edgar; McClelland-Nugent, Ruth (2019-02-13)
    Moral panics around youth entertainment have been an occurrence as long as culture has been established. As long as youth entertainment has values that can be seen as going against the established values of the preceding generation, a moral panic could take place. The purpose of this research was to analyze how moral panics centered on youth entertainment begin and gain traction. To do this, the research was focused on the 1980s moral panic around tabletop roleplaying games, specifically�Dungeons & Dragons. By tracing the origin of the moral panic to the fear of cults and occult from the 1970s, we can find more context as to why some individuals believed that role playing games could cause adolescents to use the games as a style of dangerous escapism or as a gateway to the occult. To further understand this moral panic, an analysis of some of the major detractors of role playing games was done, as well as researching the role the media played in cultivating the moral panic. With a greater understanding on how moral panics begin and gain traction, this research can be used to compare and contrast other moral panics around youth entertainment.
  • YOUR NEIGHBOR'S APPROACH: LOOKING AT VARIOUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS WITHIN THE AUGUSTA AREA

    Boomer, Houlton; Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy; Augusta University; Bratton, Angela (2019-02-13)
    This research focuses on how the health care system one is used to using effects ones ability to seek and receive care in another System. Specific examples used within the study are the Western Medical System, The Traditional Chinese Medical System, and African American Root medicine. The study was done with interviews to health care providers and with surveys to citizens of the Augusta area. Unfortunately the data collected proved inconclusive with regards to the research question. However it did reveal a great deal of information about the patient population in the area, namely the tendency to remain with a single system with regards to health and the role of financial constraints in choice of healthcare system.
  • IS EXERCISE THE BIGGEST INFLUENCER OF HAPPINESS? RESEARCHING HOW INFLUENTIAL EXERCISE IS IN COMPARISON TO OTHER VARIABLES IN DAILY LIFE

    Collins, Megan; Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice & Social Work; Augusta University; Davies, Kim (2019-02-13)
    There have been multiple studies that indicate that there is a relationship between exercise and happiness. In this research, I test whether exercise is the strongest factor when compared to other common variables in a person's life for predicting happiness. Using the 2012 General Social Survey (GSS) data, I test several different variables in order to determine which of them has the strongest correlation with a person's general happiness. The 2012 GSS consisted of 4,820 respondents that ranged in age from 18 to 89. Using logistic regression, I compare the variables of sex, marriage, age, frequency of exercise, employment, and income and found that exercise has a positive relationship with a person's general happiness and that is the most strongly correlated variable. Other variables were also found to be significant and will be discussed in the poster.
  • VACCINE PROLIFERATION IN THE FACE OF PUBLIC SCRUTINY

    Sripathi, Nishita; Department of Biological Sciences; Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy; Augusta University; Turner, Wendy (2019-02-13)
    Each newly conceptualized vaccine has faced the same arguments over the last two centuries. A detailed examination of these several vaccines and their influences on the public will hopefully provide a better understanding of why the same arguments against vaccines continuously come up, even though each vaccine becomes widely used and celebrated. I supported my analysis by examining modern vaccine case studies and how those results may or may not skew the public reaction. By focusing on these two areas of research, I tried to understand the reasons behind persisted vaccine apprehension, even though there have been multiple and well-supported conclusions that vaccines are essential to a healthy human population. Perhaps by understanding the public�s fear, I can one day suggest alternate methods of vaccine �roll out� and introduction to the public.
  • That's On You, Not Me

    Miles, Edgar; Department of Communication; Augusta University; O'Meara, Melanie (2019-02-13)
    �That�s On You, Not Me� is a performance piece that was created in response to an assignment prompt for Dr. Melanie O�Meara�s Voice and Movement class in Spring 2018. The assignment was to write a haiku and perform that haiku using at least 12 individual vocal variations. Gender expression and the ways alternative expressions are received in various social contexts are existing themes in my visual art practice, so I decided to continue that exploration in my performance work for Dr. O�Meara�s class. In doing so, my performance addresses the discomfort that people experience when faced with expression that violates their expectations and whose responsibility it is to mitigate that discomfort. I present to the audience twelve individual characters created through vocal and movement variation. My intention is to open conversations about gender norms, societal expectations, the experience of �othering,� and respect for individual expression. The performance itself lasts only about three minutes, but can be followed by a brief talk about the work and a question-and-answer session.
  • Blurred Lines within the Music Industry: A Different Perspective of Copyright Law and Sampling in the Digital Age

    Wingate, Montrel; Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy; Augusta University; Turner, Wendy; VanTuyll, Debra; VanTuyll, Hubert (2019-02-13)
    This thesis focuses on the relationship of music and law. Throughout, the debated question is: should the laws of copyright be redefined? The case Williams v. Bridgeport Music, Inc., which focuses on the songs "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke and "Got to Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye is the trial central to this thesis. Following a brief history of sampling, Williams v. Bridgeport Music, Inc. is reexamined, challenging the substantiality of the evidence presented. The court proved that the songs have similarities on the surface, yet there is a notable structural difference among the songs. A proposed solution is given, advocating a revision of copyright laws and a substantive similarity test with emphasis on the expert listener rather than the lay listener.
  • Racial Dissimilarities as a Social Determinant of Health Outcomes: Evidence from Counties in the State of Georgia

    Lee, Divesia; Hull College of Business; Department of English & Foreign Languages; Augusta University; Medcalfe, Simon; Slade, Catherine; Hoffman, Todd (2019-02-13)
    Social determinants of health account for about 50 percent of health outcomes- more than any other category, yet is the most understudied, therefore warranting further investigation. We contend that within social determinants of health, analysis of racial segregation is of importance. Racial segregation is a structural form of racism, where people of similar race live in communities apart from people of other races. Prior studies have used a dissimilarity index to measure racial segregation and its impact on health outcomes, and has suggested that racial residential segregation has a negative impact on health outcomes, but none of these studies have focused on county level data or the State of Georgia in particular. Using a dataset from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, supplemented by other public health and demographic data for all counties in Georgia, we use regression analysis to model the relationship between segregation and various health outcomes. A variety of social determinants of health were analyzed ranging from factors of economic stability, neighborhood and physical environment, and education, to aspects of the healthcare system. Initial results suggest that racial segregation relates to health outcomes, but it depends on the health outcomes being measured. Conclusions are pending further quantitative analysis.
  • The Proficiency-Based Classroom: Building on the Standards

    Watts, Tara; Department of English & Foreign Languages; Augusta University; Sandarg, Jana (2019-02-13)
    Proper communication is the most important element in any classroom, in particular, a foreign language classroom. Foreign language acquisition is essential, with many secondary schools and higher education institutions worldwide requiring foreign language studies in order to receive a degree. Students can learn foreign languages in many ways based on the ACTFL Standards: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. These standards expand the expectations of teaching methods as the guidelines in which a student is able to use the language outside of the classroom. The most important of these standards is Communication, which is the sending of a message from one individual to another. In this study, I will focus on the Communication standard, in particular, verbal communication in the classroom. Many students in the foreign language classroom struggle with the conversational aspect; therefore, teachers are focusing more on how to aid students in conversational learning. Furthermore, teachers incorporate cultural knowledge as a means to expand language acquisition in the classroom, giving language a context. In this presentation, I will study research on language acquisition and the ACTFL Standards; I will discuss proficiency-based projects I have done in addition to projects I plan on using in the classroom after graduation.
  • A Comparitive Study of Epilepsy in Galenic, Medieval Persian and Modern Medicine

    Alapatt, Vinaya Ann; Department of Psychological Sciences; Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy; Augusta University; Turner, Wendy (2019-02-13)
    Epilepsy is an interesting neurological disorder that exists at the crossroads of biology and spirituality. This research examined the transmission of Greek theories of epilepsy from the ninth to the thirteenth century Persian medicine and compared it to the understanding of epilepsy in modern medicine. The influence of Galenic medicine on the clinical understanding of epilepsy in medieval Persian medicine (800-1400) is evident in Ibn Sina's (aka Avicenna) medical manuscripts. Given the complex technological advancements from 13th century to 21st century, substantial progression in the understanding of epilepsy from Avicennian period to modern era was expected to find. However, modern medicine is yet to crack the full codes of this "sacred" disease. Tracing the scientific history of epilepsy reveals that today's identified etiology, symptomatology, and treatments for epilepsy, which hugely benefited from the technological advancements in diagnostic means, are extensions to the medieval understanding of epilepsy. This paper is a comparative study of epilepsy in Galenic, medieval Persian and modern medicine. On a broad scale, this research serves as an example on how ideas connect people through time.
  • Coffee In Augusta

    Guajardo, Aleighna; Department of Communication; Department of Anthropology & Philosophy; Augusta University; Bratton, Angela; Bryant, Will (2019-02-13)
    For my Honors thesis, I produced a short documentary on local coffee shops in Augusta, focusing on local coffee shops that offer unique environments for their customers. After viewing several documentaries on coffee for reference, I filmed and edited my finished product to demonstrate the importance of supporting local coffee shops, the hard work that goes into opening up a shop in the coffee business, and bring awareness to a few of the different shops currently operating in Augusta. The documentary briefly covers the history of each cafe and incorporates footage of normal business taken from within the coffee shops; such as, cashiers taking orders and baristas making a variety of coffee drinks. The film communicates through interviews, b roll, and music the true ambience of the coffee shops and what qualities these cafes offer to customers that is distinct from larger franchises. Each coffee shop included in the documentary offers a unique environment that is key to what is referred to as the third space of society, a mainly social location that is neither home nor work. This concept of third space from anthropology is defined and explored throughout the film to show the importance of small local coffee shops.
  • You Should Know: Writing about Sexuality as a Woman

    McCarty, Kirsten; Department of English & Foreign Languages; Augusta University; Minick, Jim; Maynard, Lee Anna (2019-02-13)
    This thesis is a culmination of both my research on the topic of female sexuality in writing and a sampling of my own creative work based on this research. I begin with an exploration of how the past has influenced the current landscape for women's writing, especially related to female sexuality. While women today are afforded many opportunities in the field of writing, certain topics still remain taboo for these writers. Sexuality as a whole is one such topic - from a woman's relationship with her body to her sexual desire to her experience with sexual abuse. While many modern movements are encouraging women to discuss their experiences with sexual abuse, many other aspects of female sexuality remain hidden behind shame. Realizing this has inspired me to write a series of letters to my younger sister on several aspects of femininity. My creative work consists of personal experiences with abuse, desire, and the female body. By writing about these experiences openly, without denying the details that make them distinctly feminine, I hope to further the discussion of female sexuality in more serious literature.
  • You Should Know: Writing about Sexuality as a Woman

    McCarty, Kirsten; Department of English and Foreign Languages (Augusta University, 2018-12)
    This thesis is a culmination of both my research on the topic of female sexuality in writing and a sampling of my own creative work based on this research. I begin with an exploration of how the past has influenced the current landscape for women’s writing, especially related to female sexuality. While women today are afforded many opportunities in the field of writing, certain topics still remain taboo for these writers. Sexuality as a whole is one such topic – from a woman’s relationship with her body to her sexual desire to her experience with sexual abuse. While many modern movements are encouraging women to discuss their experiences with sexual abuse, many other aspects of female sexuality remain hidden behind shame. Realizing this has inspired me to write a series of letters to my younger sister on several aspects of femininity. My creative work consists of personal experiences with abuse, desire, and the female body. By writing about these experiences openly, without denying the details that make them distinctly feminine, I hope to further the discussion of female sexuality in more serious literature.
  • Gods and Heroism: Ares and Hercules from Classics to Comic Books

    Lane, Joshua; Department of History, Anthrop., Philosophy (Augusta University, 2018-12)
  • Christianity as a Coping Method for Post-Traumatic Stress Demonstrated Through 19th - and 20th -Century Literature

    Smith, Allyson; Department of English and Foreign Languages (Augusta University, 2019-05)
  • An Examination of Moral Panics; How the Fear of Satanism Affected Tabletop Role-Playing Games

    Williams, Travis; Department of Biological Sciences (Augusta University, 2018-12)
  • Blurred Lines within the Music Industry: A Different Perspective ofCopyright Law and Sampling in the Digital Age

    Wingate, Montrel; Department of History, Anthrop., Philosophy (Augusta University, 2019-05)

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