Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-03 23:55:31



Honors Course

3400 492 - Honors Project in History

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Fall 2020


For my honors thesis I will be writing on the legality and shifting attitudes of marriage throughout United States history. This thesis will explore three Supreme Court cases: Davis v. Beason (1890), Loving v. Virginia (1967), and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), which explores polygamous, interracial, and homosexual marriages respectively. The full name of my thesis is "One Man and One Wife? The Legal History of Marriage in the Culture and Courts of America." The thesis will be upwards of fourty pages in length and will examine marriage from both historical and legal lenses and will be conducted through the History Department's Honors' Program. It will be a thorough historical essay that will shed new light on the institution of marriage and its place in the modern day United States.

Research Sponsor

Associate Professor Gina M. Martino

First Reader

Associate Professor Kevin Kern

Second Reader

Professor Gregory Wilson

Honors Faculty Advisor

Professor Michael Graham





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