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Sociology explores a broad range of issues and topics including those related to family, work, politics, racial and gender inequality, crime, religion, and prejudice and discrimination. Equipped with this knowledge, students are able to analyze and think critically about social systems and social problems and work toward their improvement. Students work on Student-as-Practitioner projects throughout the major. At the freshman level, students begin to explore and apply the foundational concepts, theories, and ideas of sociology. Each student develops a paper analyzing a real-world social phenomenon by explaining it through the lens of appropriate sociological concepts, theories, and ideas. In upper-level courses, students engage in a number of real-world sociological activities, such as designing a viable research proposal, constructing and applying their own social theory, and engaging in internships or independent research. In recent years, sociology majors have explored crime/deviance theories predicting juvenile delinquency, intervention strategies for self-cutting (injury) behavior, the relationship between chronic stress and dream content, and the type and sources of racially prejudicial attitudes on the Lakeland College campus. Student-driven inquiry guides sociology majors to not only identify problems in the world around them, but also to develop the skills required to analyze and solve those problems.