Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Research Sponsor

Dr. Kevin Kern

First Reader

Dr. Gina Martino

Second Reader

Dr. Michael Graham


This project is an in-depth look at the influence and impact of the Knights Templar and the Freemasons on early American history. This thesis provides an overview of the conspiracy theories surrounding both groups and their involvement in United States history as well as the history behind these theories and how they formed, with the ultimate goal of comparing these popular culture myths with the verifiable influence of the groups.