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Queens College Prepares the Next Generation of Leaders

​-- Coursework Tackles Issues of Inequality, Racism,
Justice, and Democracy

QUEENS, NY, September 17, 2020 — True to its founding principles, Queens College is educating students to take ownership of the many issues—from civil rights to climate change—that face them, offering courses that explore the contentious world outside the college gates. Its motto—Discimus ut Serviamos (We learn so that we may serve)—still guides the ethos of a school that is widely known for its academic quality, but that is equally engaged in imparting knowledge with purpose.

“It comes as no surprise that Queens College is in the forefront of offering courses that are focused on the salient issues of our times, enabling students to better appreciate the context, history, and the forces at work within the social changes currently taking place,” said President Frank H. Wu.  “The development of critical and analytical skills is a hallmark of a first-class education at Queens College.”

Socially relevant and timely coursework can be found throughout the Queens College curriculum. For instance, in the Political Science Department, Political Science 270: Democracy takes a critical look at the future prospects of self-government, given the growth of corporate and state power, on the one hand, and the decline in citizens’ participation on the other. Political Science 102: Current Political Controversies explores the much-debated topic, How democratic are U.S. elections? Students acquire the analytical tools to probe this question effectively. Click here for more Political Science course information. 

Not surprisingly, the Sociology Department offers many courses whose concerns could be ripped from the headlines. Among them, Sociology 208: Social Problems surveys contemporary issues like poverty, homelessness, violence, and environmental degradation. Sociology 212W: Foundations of Sociological Theory, and 222: Social Welfare as a Social Institution, teach concepts and skills through empirical exploration—for example, involving the COVID pandemic, Black Lives Matter, Me Too, immigration, and mass incarceration. Sociology 226: Political Sociology provides a comparative perspective on how power works. Courses on economic and racial inequality—their roots, effects, and remedies—are a staple of the department, including Sociology 219: Social Class in American Society, 211: Ethnic and Racial Relations, and 209: Criminal Justice.

Many Sociology courses also address gender issues, with women and sexual identity as a focus of many topical courses. For instance, Sociology 243: Sex and Gender in Comparative Perspective explores the social construction of gender across time and space. 244: Sociology of Women asks how gender inequality affects every facet of life—such as paid and unpaid labor, politics, sexuality, and families—while 245: Women and Work delves into the work force. Click here for more Sociology course information.

Through such courses, students learn to research, analyze, and evaluate the most pressing questions of their generation. With a timely and highly relevant curriculum, Queens College continues its tradition of preparing a diverse and talented student body to step into leadership positions in business, medicine, law, the arts and sciences, and the professions.
About Queens College
Queens College produces more education graduates who become principals, teachers, and counselors for the city’s public schools than any other college in the metropolitan area. The college contributes to the local talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education. Students from across the country and around the world are attracted to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received over 100 Grammy Awards and nominations.

Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its more than 20,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 79-acre campus in Flushing, the college is ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and a Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.

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