In addition to our emphasis on global and international scholarship, we emphasize the importance of finding ways to make a positive impact in the Monadnock Region. We do this by sponsoring internships for our students with local organizations and businesses and by teaching classes specifically designed to incorporate community studies and service work. Recent internships have included work with the Red Cross, Working Families Win, Monadnock Developmental Services, Southwest Community Services, The Samaritans and the Cheshire County Jail, among many others.
Whether in the classroom, out in the community or traveling the world, our faculty’s first goal is to engage with students in various types of scholarship above and beyond ordinary class-related activities. We regularly work with students on collaborative faculty/student research. Each year we take one or more groups of students to academic conferences where many students present their work. We also support the Sociology and Anthropology Club which is made up of students from our program who want to engage our subject matter on their own outside of class. Moreover, the members of our department routinely sponsor students for presentation at the Academic Excellence Conference.
Beyond these efforts, various members of our department engage student scholarship in the following ways: publishing work with students, advising Individualized Majors, teaching in the Honors Program, working with students in the Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE), applying for grants, and other work.
More than getting a good job or getting into a good graduate school—both of which can be achieved with the Sociology Program at Keene State—the faculty strive to help students use the knowledge they gain in the program in their adult lives to become informed, concerned, and engaged citizens of our local, national, and global communities.