Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Political Science


The focus of this research is to help explain the effects that war has on children and child soldiers. The effects being researched include those of psychological, physical, emotional, economical, and educational effects. The type of war being analyzed in this research is civil war with case studies of countries such as the Syrian Arab Republic, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Somalia, South Sudan, and the lraqi war. These cases are among the most violent, oppressive, cases involving children and/or child soldiers. The ultimate goal of this research is to discover and better understand what these children experience and how that will affect them and continue to affect them as they grow older. The way this research paper is organized as such that is consistent with the table of contents ending with a list of references.