Duffy Partnerships

“What makes a good society?” is the guiding question of the Beloit College Duffy Community Partnerships.

“Hands-on!  Heads-engaged!” is our motto, as students combine experiential and classroom learning. 

This sociology elective (Sociology 285) is open to second, third and fourth year students in all disciplines. Field sites include business, education, health care, government and social service organizations.

The Duffy Partnerships give the students both a macro and micro understanding of how institutions interact within society. At each site students learn from community leaders about the culture, goals, structure, resources and strategies available, and then they focus on a specific project within the organization. All the while they are practicing civic engagement and developing professional competencies.  During the weekly seminar they broaden their focus to examine how the various institutions intersect and interact, considering ethics, economics and more.

Duffy Program Hiatus

The Duffy Seminar / Sociology 285 will not be offered during Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 semesters, and will return in Fall 2024. Those looking for a community-based course, please contact Sylvia López (lopezs@beloit.edu).

Making a difference in Rock County

Making a difference in Rock County

Daniel Mrzena’23 supported the development of a transitional living project for Rock County in a year-long internship.

Erin Gallagher’21

The pursuit of justice

Erin Gallagher’21 was not initially thrilled about her Duffy internship placement at the Rock County Public Defender’s Office, but the placement led to a new career path.

Duffy student Uzma Sayed

Observing Help and Hope During a Pandemic

When field experiences ended suddenly, students continued to learn from the world around them, wherever they were, by observing social reactions to COVID-19.


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