Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Anthropology (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Jennifer Sweeney Tookes


This research project studies how students’ perceptions, actions, and thoughts around contraceptive practices develop over time and through college. The literature addresses how the environment of college and American culture affects how women develop contraceptive practices that are convenient not only for their bodies but their schedules. Research focuses on how educational background, religion, culture, and relationships influence contraceptive choices among students, especially women. Social factors influencing availability of contraception and education about contraception potentially lead to confusion about the most effective ways to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy. I focused exclusively on the Georgia Southern University community, examining how education, political affiliations, and relationships influence students’ views and use of contraception. I conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with four women and distributed 24 anonymous surveys to examine intersectionality in students’ use of contraception. I studied the intersection of women’s identities and how available resources, enculturation, and education reveal patterns among students’ contraceptive use.