Master of Arts in Higher Education Theses

Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Scott Moeschberger

Second Advisor

Tim Herrmann

Third Advisor

Scott Gaier

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to look at the social and transitional experiences of non-white Third Culture Kids at a predominately white institution. Six non-white TCKs were interviewed using phenomenological qualitative methodology. Responses were transcribed, coded, and analyzed to discover the central themes. A variety of factors emerged as determinants to how these students experience college in a country outside of their home country. The findings present implications for individuals in higher education that interact with non-white TCKs. Recommendations for future research are also included.

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