Date of Award

Winter 2-12-2019

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Christine Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Jennifer McKinney

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Kevin Neuhouser


civic nationalism, ethnic nationalism, immigrants, attitudes


Immigration has been an important topic throughout America’s history. Studies have linked nationalism to attitudes towards immigrants, and literature has repeatedly distinguished different types of nationalism. This study looks at measures of two different types of nationalism (civic and ethnic nationalism) and tests the measures on the impact of attitudes towards immigrants. It was predicted civic and ethnic nationalism would both be predictive of negative attitudes towards immigrants, but that measures of ethnic nationalism would have greater predictive value than measures of civic nationalism. Data was used from the 2014 General Social Survey, with analysis being run using SPSS. Findings supported the hypothesis that ethnic measures of nationalism was more predictive of negative attitudes towards immigrants, but due to the small set of measures of civic nationalism, findings are supportive of the first hypothesis but require further research.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Honors Program


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