Scholastica: An Undergraduate Research Journal in the Humanities Vol. 1, No. 1,

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Dear Readers,
Scholastica was born out of a need to exhibit the excellence of undergraduates at a time when higher education (and to some extent the “millennial generation”) is being challenged by cultural and political forces.  It was also created as a way to show the growth and relevance of the humanities and social sciences in a culture that tends to emphasize the STEM disciplines.  To achieve these goals, Scholastica plans to highlight the best undergraduate research integrating various media platforms and technologies.

This inaugural issue highlights the work of three students, a Geography major and two Social Science Education majors, who completed major research projects in one of their major-specific courses. 

Charles Killgore is a Senior Social Science Education major. His paper, “The Jazz Age,” is about how jazz music reflects the African American experience, both the positives and the negatives. Included in his presentation are sound bites of jazz music to enhance the audience’s reception of his argument. Mr. Killgore’s paper was initially written for Dr. Robert Voss’s Spring, 2017 seminar on the African American Experience.

Aaron Moser, a Senior Geography major with a History minor, wrote his paper, “The American Exception,” as a challenge to Immanuel Wallerstein’s World-Systems theory arguing that American economic and foreign policy undermines the basic elements of Wallerstein’s thesis. Mr. Moser wrote his piece for Dr. Brett Chloupek’s Political Geography course in the Spring of 2016.

Kelli Newhall is a Senior Social Science Education major.  Her paper, “Lord Kitchener: Success and Failure with the New Armies”, is on Lord Kitchener and his success and failures with the new British Army during World War I. Her paper was written for Dr. Devlin Scofield's Historian's Craft course in the Fall of 2016.

Because we believe that it is important to continually engage in learned discussion about human society, you are free to contact us at with any questions; we will forward those on to the authors. Of course, your comments are welcome.

We hope you enjoy what these students have to offer and that what they have to say makes you think more about the society in which we live. More importantly, we hope you see the promise and the potential of these students, giving you hope that our future is in good hands.
We wish you all the best.
Warmest Regards,
The Editorial Board of Scholastica

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