Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Jason Wozniak, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Dana Morrison, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline S. Hodes, Ed.D.

Committee Member

John Elmore, Ph.D.


Historically, college men have had their masculinity policed in a variety of different ways and as society’s expectations. Higher education should be liberating and freeing for college men, allowing them the opportunity to explore their interests and to find their authentic selves through campus engagement. This thesis examines college men’s gender identity development through the lenses of hegemonic masculinity and the Man Box. By creating and enforcing societal expectations of men, the Man Box prevents college men from living and engaging with the campus community authentically. Through a proposed program, IGNITE Within, this thesis argues that hegemonic masculinity should be deconstructed in order for college men to be liberated from the pressures of the Man Box.