Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department of Politics and Government: Political Science
This thesis explores the relationship between language acquisition and ethnocentrism. Specifically, does learning additional languages reduce ethnocentrism in an individual? After reviewing the literature on social groups, ethnocentrism, and language acquisition, a quantitative test was carried out. This consisted of a survey design implemented in Morocco using Moroccan subjects. Although learning additional languages was correlated with less ethnocentrism, the results did not meet the threshold for statistical significance. The variables that did have a statistically significant impact on ethnocentrism and prejudice were contact and age.
Griffin, Caleb, "Learning a Language: the Gateway to Cosmopolitanism" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 805.