Sociology students are provided with ample opportunities to get out of the classroom and into the cultures they are studying. The Sociology Department’s faculty-led student field trips abroad continue to be a highlight for students. Students have visited places such as Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bosnia, Rwanda, Belize, and Nicaragua.
In addition to the Department’s emphasis on global and international scholarship, it emphasizes the importance of finding ways to make a positive impact in the Monadnock Region. Students have the opportunity to participate in department-sponsored internships with local organizations and businesses. Classes are designed specifically to incorporate community studies and service work. Internships have included work with the Red Cross, Working Families Win, Monadnock Developmental Services, Southwest Community Services, The Samaritans, Cheshire County Jail, among many others.
Whether in the classroom, or out in the community or traveling the world, the faculty’s first goal is to engage with students in various types of scholarship above and beyond class-related activities. Faculty members regularly work with students on collaborative faculty/student research. Students are given the opportunity to present their work during academic conferences and to work alongside faculty to publish their research. Faculty also supports the Sociology and Anthropology Club, which is made up of students from the program who want to engage in the subject matter on their own outside of class.
In addition to this scholarly work with students, faculty advise on Individualized Majors, they teach in the Honors Program, work with students in the Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE), help student apply for grants, and much more.
The Sociology Program at Keene State positions graduates for successful careers and graduate studies. Beyond this, 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.