This experimental study sought to determine whether undergraduate academic major correlated with a student’s level of perceived stress. To assess level of stress, a survey was given to 57 undergraduate students at Eastern Kentucky University. Students from six different majors participated. The majors included were Elementary Education, Public Health, Graphic Design, Physics, Chemistry, and Fire Protection and Safety Engineering. As an addition to the survey, the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) was attached to obtain a quantifiable measurement of stress level. The Perceived Stress Scale is used to measure the degree to which situations in an individual’s life are determined to be stressful. Because the amount of stress and ability to cope tend to go hand and hand, the survey also assessed coping strategies used among the participants. It was hypothesized that undergraduate students who are in a science major will have a higher perceived stress level than students who are in an Arts, Social science, or Education major. Coping strategies of students were also analyzed to determine if undergraduates were coping effectively with the amount of stress with which they were presented. Data was compiled descriptively and comparatively. The hypothesis was partially confirmed. This is due to the fact that there was a large variance in the scores of the “soft” science majors.
Semester/Year of Award
Dr. Rachael Hovermale
Department of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing
Restricted Access Thesis
Health Promotion and Administration
IRB Approval Number (if applicable)
Belt, Abigail, "Perceived Stress Associated with Academic Major" (2018). Honors Theses. 521.