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Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



Advisor/Committee Chair

Matthew LaFave


The COVID-19 pandemic unexpectedly struck the world in 2020 and had long-lasting effects. Many people had lost their jobs, the economy faltered, and people were stuck at home with no way of seeing friends or non-immediate family. The pandemic also had a profound impact on students. Schools were forced to transition into online learning, which was something that many school districts and universities were not prepared for (Russell, Head, Wolfe-Enslow, Holland, & Zimmerman, 2022). The COVID-19 pandemic also had an impact on people's needs. According to Abraham Maslow (1943), people’s needs are arranged into a hierarchy where basic level needs must be met before higher level needs can be. This includes meeting basic needs like food, water, shelter, and physical health before meeting needs that allow us to feel self-esteem or become creative (Maslow, 1943). This paper examines the scarce amount of literature that discusses Maslow's hierarchy of needs, student needs and outcomes, and the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on these aforementioned concepts.

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