Community Engaged Research Independent Study

In this independent study, three students from two universities examined the links between nonprofit research needs and the capacity that sociologists have to meet those needs. As the independent study capstone they developed resources for nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about how sociologists can help increase nonprofit research capacity.

Volunteer Program Evaluation for BENCHS: Sociology in Action, Spring 2019

In this study we provide an assessment of committed volunteers (those who volunteer regularly) at the Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS) in Mankato, MN. BENCHS is the main animal shelter organization serving all of Blue Earth and Nicollet counties and is responsible for finding homes and caring for homeless, neglected, and abandoned cats and dogs.

Creative Projects for Animals and Society Fall 2018

Students in Animals and Society created an original piece of work to addresses a key issue related to other animals in our society. They were given no parameters on their creativity other than that it be of high quality, be of direct relevance to the content of the course, and be something that can have…

Social Action Projects- Spring 2018

Social Change in the 21st Century is an Honors Seminar that focuses on contemporary social change in the US. Students worked in groups throughout the semester to enact one social change campaign at Minnesota State Mankato or in the greater Mankato community. They developed group contracts to agree how to make decisions, chose an issue…

Food Insecurity on Campus

Sociology in Action is a an upper division course about applied and public sociology. Each semester we use sociological theory and methods to address a current social issue or provide research for a nonprofit in our community. In the spring 2018 semester we examined food insecurity on our campus. This study utilizes surveys, interviews, and…

Social Change in the 21st Century Playlist

Students in the spring 2018 honors seminar Social Change in the 21st Century (HON 401) were each asked to identify a song they like that promotes a social movement or cause. Here are the songs they chose and why they chose them. Listen and be inspired to get out there and be the change you want…

Zines! Fall 2017

This Fall 2017 the students in Social Movements (SOC 425) made Zines about some of the topics they are interested in. Check out their projects!