Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Tim Herrmann

Second Advisor

Randall Dodge

Third Advisor

Skip Trudeau


The second year of college, with its unique challenges, has been found to present students with issues that could possibly make it more difficult than the first year. Some students experience the sophomore slump, which is defined in a myriad of ways, including reduced motivation and the uncertainty that comes with choosing a major. One major result of the slump is attrition between the sophomore and junior years. This study looks at the spiritual life of sophomores that experienced some aspect of the sophomore slump at a private, Christian liberal arts institution. It specifically looks at how they experienced the slump as well as their spiritual experiences during the sophomore year.