Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2017

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science and International Affairs

First Advisor

Lester, Emile

Second Advisor

Kramer, Jack

Major or Concentration

Political Science


The current research on American public education about the Middle East and Islam shows that there are serious gaps and biases in the present teachings. This is extremely harmful in light of the current political climate, Islamophobia, and the importance of foreign policy decisions made about the Middle East. Informed citizens are vital in influencing how the US will engage with the rest of the world. This thesis endeavors to explore what improvements can be made in the teaching of this field through a case study of a unique program called Generation Global in a Comparative World Religions Class in a Virginia High School.