Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Robert E. Carlson

Second Advisor

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Third Advisor

Mark O. Rousseau


This study looked at the relationship between rhetorical sensitivity, locus of control and religiosity amongst college students at three fundamentally different college institutions. Data were collected from 235 students. Results revealed that students belonging to the most religiously fundamental group have significant differences from students outside that same group. A major finding was discovery of a positive relationship between rhetorical reflectomess and fundamental religiosity as well as a negative relationship between rhetorical sensitivity and fundamental religiosity. Also a significant but modest relationship was found between external locus of control and rhetorical sensitivity and between internal locus of control and noble selfness.

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