One desirable outcome of learning about society is that students will use this knowledge to improve the social environment. Instructors of sociology research courses can strengthen the likelihood of this consequence by designing courses that provide students with "hands on" training in using social knowledge to "better" the social environment of their own academic communities. This paper discusses an undergraduate research course designed to meet this objective—a study of racism on campus.This paper elaborates on the problems and experiences in doing research in this sensitive area of study. The survey, designed by the students in this course, is included with the hope that other instructors at other colleges and universities will repeat this, or a similar study, in their own institutions.

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