Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2012

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Anthropology and Sociology

First Advisor

Ann Marie Kinnell

Advisor Department

Anthropology and Sociology


Upon entering college, students are presented with opportunities to get involved with a variety of organizations in order to broaden their learning experiences. These extra-curricular groups are established with a variety of objectives. For example, there are groups centered on academic programs, groups established for sports and recreation, groups for the lovers of the arts, groups based on community service, groups affiliated with certain religious denominations and groups whose sole purpose is to bring students together to interact in social settings. One type of group found on nearly every college campus is the Greek letter organization or social fraternities and sororities. These groups play a tremendous role in their members’ development and attitudes about the college experience and life in general (Whipple & Sullivan, 1998).

The purpose of this study is to explore how membership in Greek letter organizations influences members’ attitudes about and participation in community service. Specifically, the attitudes towards service and participation in community service of members of chapters in three different councils will be examined and compared.

Included in

Sociology Commons