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Communication and Digital Media

Senior Theses

Every Carthage student is required to submit a senior thesis or capstone project to demonstrate their mastery of their chosen area of study. Here is a look at recent projects Carthage communication and digital media students have created for this requirement:


  • Brooke Alfano: “Parley: Effective Use of Social Media Campaigns”
  • Jacob Allard: “Mismarketing Video Games”
  • Elaina Dague: “Seriously Disturbed: Perpetuating Hegemony via Stereotypes in ‘Legally Blonde’”
  • Katie Mueller: “Dancing Through Feelings: Contemporary Dance”
  • Alexandria Munoz: “Oversharing on Social Media: Effects on Mental Health”
  • Ben Perez: “Cigarette Marketing to Youth”
  • Becca Rimkus: “Take Her Out to the Ballgame: Women Journalists in Major League Baseball”
  • Chantelle Rose: “Soul Boy (feature film script)”
  • McKenna Sanders: “Public Relations Campaigns and Social Media of Pediatric Cancer Organizations”
  • Kayla Storm: “Our Hearts: Awareness Campaigns on Heart Health”
  • Jane Thurow: “Doing Good by Communicating Well: The Role of Non-profits in Corporate Social Responsibility”


  • Magdalene Allen: “Carthage College: A Case Study of Crisis Management”
  • Taylor Bolyard: “How Has Public Opinion Affected Crisis Management Within the NFL?”
  • Hayley Keene: “Psycholinguistic Theory and the Food Industry: An Aim Toward Children”
  • Evan Myers: “Promoting and Expanding Minor League Baseball”
  • Patrick Ormiston: “Bait and Switch Theory and It’s Application to the Modern American Craft Beer Market”
  • Morgan Vukovich: “Education is Not Enough for NCAA Athletes”


  • Joe Jaster: “Athletes and Social Media”
  • Jeremiah Mertz: “Gender Stereotypes in Sports Media”
  • Kirsten Peterson: “Social Media for Good: How Nonprofits Engage their Audience”
  • Nicole Pfiffner: “The Magazine Market: Targeted Advertising and the Rise of the Internet”
  • Allison Wellnitz: “Generation Y: Social Media’s Effect on Interpersonal Communication”


  • Alex Ash: “‘Slayers, Every One of Us’: Buffy on Challenging Patriarchal Systems”
  • Pilar Azmani: “Today’s Country Music: Themes and Effects”
  • Lauren Baca: “Media and the Irish Famine”
  • Caitlin Barclay: “A Generation for Change: Calibrating Non-Profits for Millennial Communication”
  • Derek Bellamy: “Dreaming: Language of the Subconscious Mind”
  • Leah Breite: “Methods of Language Acquisition through Communication Studies”
  • Emmy Brown: “‘New’ Contemporary Art: Communication Between Artist and Audience”
  • Wes Crisman: “How the Media Affirms Stereotypes Between the French and Americans”
  • Brianna Daniels: “Romantic Dramas, Narrative Film Theory, and Critics”
  • Dana Ehrmann: “Gone Girl: Society’s Rejection of Female Defiance”
  • Sam Grant: “Battered Self Image: Modern Advertising Modes and the American Adolescent”
  • Janelle Henry: “Trade Shows and Communication”
  • Taylor Khoshbin: “Effects of Technology on Early Childhood Education”
  • Emily Kunz: “Sensational American Media: The Modern Day Gossip Monger”
  • Madison McLaughlin: “The Negative Effects of Social Media and Online Dating”
  • Becca McMullin: “Judging a Book by its Cover: How EBook Covers Communicate”
  • Emily Moritz: “Makers: An Analysis of the Maker Subculture’s Community and Media”
  • Kaitlyn Peskie: “Visual Persuasion in Political Imagery: Revolutionary America to Today”
  • Martha Peterson: “The Unspoken Rules of French Intercultural Communication”
  • Marina Rebecchi: “Web Page to Book Page: YouTube Creators Becoming Authors”
  • Shane Reilly: “Social Media and the Music Industry”
  • Sarah Rosario: “Likes and Tweets: Music Promotion and Social Media”
  • Brianna Smith: “Brand Personality: A Theory of Advertising”
  • Kelly Swofford: “Chicago’s Violence: The Role of Social Media and Music”


  • Hannah Bellenbaum: “Chasing Winter: Social Media and the Snowboard Industry”
  • Josh Bergman: “Marketing Health: Alternatives for Fast Food”
  • Morgan Dvorak: “Fashion as Communication: 1960s Feminism”
  • Ashley Eccles: “The Impact of Public Relations on Modern Municipalities”
  • Tony Esposito: “The Death of Television and Rise of Viral Marketing”
  • Kelly Field: “Semiotics and Film: Pirates of the Caribbean”
  • Conor Moon: “The Impact of Social Media on the Music Industry”
  • Craig Morelli: “Crisis Communication Management and the National Football League”
  • Kristie Rohde: “How Social Media Has Changed the Way We Do Good”
  • Christina Smerko: “The Effect of French Colonization on Senegalese Culture”
  • Michael Sullivan: “Effective Social Media for Business”
  • Brian Wajda: “Media as a Human Entity”
  • Megan Woodrow: “The Witch of the West: A Character’s Mediated Evolution”
  • Emily Young: “Communicating with Millennials in the Workplace: How to Turn Negative Generational Stereotypes into Effective Communication Practices”
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