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This quantitative study determined the relationship between college students’ (n = 1,277) chosen major and their sociopolitical orientation. A campus-wide online survey distributed in September 2016 collected information about students’ attitudes on various key issues, and the resulting data was analyzed in order to uncover patterns of sociopolitical orientation within specific groups of college majors. The results supported a statistically significant relationship between participants’ academic majors and sociopolitical views. These findings were assessed through the self-selection and socialization hypotheses of John Holland’s “Theory of Person-Environment Fit” as models for understanding the development of common sociopolitical ideas in groups of individuals who are pursuing similar career paths.


Faculty Advisor, Kristian Veit. Honors Cohort 8. Graduation date 2017.

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