Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Lara Deeb

Reader 2

Daniel Segal

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This thesis is a study of the student subculture and cultural variances of that subculture represented by the dorm practices of the inner dorms on Harvey Mudd College’s campus. Using Dick Hebdige’s theory of subcultures and David Schneider’s theory of cultural variances, this work examines the ways that the four inner dorms support and reproduce the Harvey Mudd College student subculture so that all students share values and behaviors that are unique to the Harvey Mudd student population. After first establishing the presence of a Harvey Mudd College student subculture, viewing the dorm practices of North, South, East, and West dorms at Harvey Mudd College through the lens of four main values shared by Harvey Mudd students presents the case that each of the four inner dorms work to provide students of all backgrounds the opportunity to be participating members of the Harvey Mudd student subculture.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.