First Advisor

Alex Stepick

Term of Graduation

Winter 2021

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology





Physical Description

1 online resource (v, 130 pages)


This thesis examines data from a religion and values survey entitled Young Adults and Religion in a Global Perspective (YARG) conducted in the spring of 2018. The data for this research comes from a sample of college undergraduates from diverse nations, Portland State being one of the sites sampled. This research investigates three main research questions: Do the values of college-age youth tend to be more individualistic, the less religious that they are? Do the irreligious still maintain moral values? And is irreligiosity related to a cosmopolitan-humanitarian outlook? This research finds that the overall sample is individualistic while still holding communal values, cosmopolitan humanitarianism is correlated with irreligiosity, and those young people who are not religious in a traditional manner maintain a moral compass in an increasingly secular world.


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