Undergraduate Research


Established in 1960, the Honors Program at Moravian College provides qualified seniors the opportunity to pursue a yearlong intensive study of a subject of special interest. To participate in Honors, students must have an overall QPA of 3.0, with 3.3 in the proposed field of study. Usually, but not always, the project is in the student’s major. Applicants must propose the topic and secure the support of a faculty member (or members) to supervise the project. In the fall term of the senior year, Honors candidates carry out their research; in the spring, they prepare the Honors paper and defend their work before a panel of five faculty and staff members, one of whom may be from another institution.


Recent Honors theses in philosophy include:

Paul Tillich’s Interpretation of God
 James G. McBride
Advisor: Frederick W. McConnell

Aristotle & Kant: Their Theories of Catergories
Edwin H. Gianelli
Advisor: Frederick W. McConnell

Why Me, Lord?: A Metaphysical Approach to the Problem of Evil
Bernard V. O’Hare
Advisor: Frederick W. McConnell

A Comparison of the Linguistic Philosophy of the Middle Ages and Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
Edward J. Lentz
Advisor: Frederick W. McConnell

Socio-Cultural Determinism, Subjectivism, and the Objectivity of Ethics
Jeffrey L. Welaish
Advisor: Frederick W. McConnell

The Naturalism of John Dewey: A Critical Analysis
Barry Yeakel
Advisor: Frederick W. McConnell

A Challenge to Determinism
Douglas Anderson
Advisor: Frederick W. McConnell

Christian Realism and Recent History: An Analysis and Application of Reinhold Niebuhr’s Philosophy of Politics
John M Midgley
Advisor: Frederick W. McConnell

Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion and the Search for a Natural Theology
Keita Harley
Advisor: Frederick W. McConnell

Law and Private Morality: Not Society’s Business
Laura S. Rowe
Advisor: Frederick W. McConnell

The Emergence of Care: Justification and Implications for Moral Theory
Shawn Wright
Advisor: James Yerkes

An Ecofeminist Ethic of Caring
Anne Marie Cusack
Advisor: Dr. Hwa Yol Jung

The Lives and Philosophies of Two Outsiders
Robert D. Gingrich II
Advisor: Amy Baehr

On the Moral Considerations of Living Entities: Biocentrism, Ecocentrism. And the Logic of Domination
Michael Susek
Advisor: Amy Baehr

Libertarianism, Redistributive, and Feminist Conceptions of Equality
Adam Fiske
Advisor: Amy Baehr

On Subjective Naturalist Theories of the Meaning of Life
Morris Balacco
Advisor: Jonathan Kastin

Moral Attributability
Joseph Dougherty
Advisor: Jonathan Kastin

The Secret Identity of a Fractal Reality: Uniting Heraclitus and Parmenides
Jerry Piotrowski II
Advisor: Susan Schneider


  • “A Discourse on the Philosophy of Animal Rights”
  •  “Hermann Hesse and Friedrich Nietzsche: A  Philosophical Exploration”


SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) provides stipends, travel allowances, and expenses for students engaged in research or creative activities through close interaction with a faculty mentor. The program helps Moravian students gain a better understanding of scholarship in their discipline, and fosters scholar-colleague relationships. SOAR stipends can be as high as $3,000 for summer work.

Independent Study

The Independent Study program allows students to delve deeply into areas of personal interest with the support of senior-faculty members—an unusual opportunity at the undergraduate level.

Independent Study provides students with a chance to undertake a program of supervised reading, research, or artistic production not provided within existing courses.

The Independent Study option is available to students who have junior or senior standing with a cumulative QPA of at least 2.70. Transfer students must have completed one fall or spring term of study at Moravian College before taking on Independent Study. An Independent Study earns one course unit. Students may schedule no more than one Independent Study or Honors course unit a term to a maximum of four over the period of the junior and senior years.

Independent Study may be taken in any term, including the summer. A student may not take more than one Independent Study during the summer and must register for it no later than the beginning of the second summer session.

Undergraduate Conferences



Undergraduate Philosophy Journals, Conferences, and Essay Contest

Undergraduate Journals