Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Krista Cline

Second Advisor

Jess Butler


The purpose of this research is to identify and analyze if there is a relationship between levels of religiosity and levels of depression in college students. This study particularly looks at how this link changes depending on students' year in school. The study in this paper was conducted by surveying 100 college students on their levels of religious attendance, importance of prayer, importance of religious communities, and their feelings towards religious news and events. The study also employed the Zung depression scale to survey the student's mental health and levels of depression. This research can be used to identify what aspects of religiosity alleviate symptoms of depression and which aspects increase levels of depression as well as shed light on how the college experience changes student's mental health and religiosity.