Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Croft Institute for International Studies

First Advisor

Miguel Centellas

Relational Format



This study investigates the driving factors behind a student’s choice to take a class on Catholicism, or the alternative social and civil values class, throughout their educational career in Andalusia, Spain. Major sociological theories are used to understand how religion, education, and politics tie together in society, and additionally the impact they have on individuals. In order to understand the personal factors that play into one’s choice to take a class on Catholicism, a survey was created using the platform Qualtrics and afterwards sent out to students in Andalusia, Spain. The study uses a qualitative approach to analyze the data collected from the survey. The data collected showed that students whose parents’ identified as right were more likely to take the class on Catholicism than students whose parents’ identified as left; however, one student, who identified as Muslim, took religious education even though both herself and her parents’ identified as left, and her religion did not align with the religious teachings of the class. Therefore, it seems that, at some level, even though people are attending religious worship less, and starting to identify with religions outside of Catholicism, being Spanish still has ties to being Catholic, even for immigrants. However, what Catholicism looks like is changing as society modernizes.


A thesis presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the Croft Institute for International Studies and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.



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