Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
School of Communication
This study focuses on the identity and relationships portrayed in the television series, A Different World. Although the popular series ended in 1993, this show continues to resonate with the African-American community. Specifically, Ron, D. Wayne, and Whitley are the primary characters of focus. Ron and D. Wayne maintain a brotherhood, while Whitley and D. Wayne maintain a romantic relationship. Both of these relationships include implicit expectations, illustrate varying levels of reciprocity, and provide identity-shaping communicative feedback.
Williams, Natilie, "Hillman College Is a Different World from Where You Come from: a Thematic Analysis of Relationships in a Different World" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 553.