This collection includes Senior Integrated Projects (SIPs, formerly known as Senior Individualized Projects) completed in the American Studies Concentration. Abstracts are generally available to the public, but PDF files are available only to current Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff. If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email us at to request access to a SIP.

Recent Submissions

  • Destrung: The Guitar as an American Icon of Liberation and Rebellion 

    Smith, Colin S. (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2014)
    The thesis focuses on the guitar as a tool of personal liberation from outside oppression. The guitar bridged cultures, as the blues blended black field hollers, work songs, church spirituals, as well as the structure, ...
  • A City Upon a Hill: Investigations in American Political Rhetoric 

    Miner, Abigail (2014)
    The story of the "city upon a hill" is '"the story not of how the metaphor helped make America what is its today, but the story of how America helped make the metaphor what it never was." After establishing the origins ...