This course is designed to move students a step or two beyond basic methods and practice in sociological research. By the end of the course, students are able to identify, select, plan and implement research strategies. In order to consider sociological issues such as inequality, activism, economic development, media representations, and much more, we study the availability of food in the community of West Dallas, a specific and historic community that is now part of the city of Dallas. Using sociological research methods and appropriate data (including archives, newspapers, photography, interviews, digital mapping and participant observation), we work as a team and as individuals collecting, organizing and analyzing data from West Dallas. SOCI 4390 is geared towards students who are considering careers or additional degrees that require experience with primary data collection. This is also a wonderful course for students considering independent research projects that might be considered for university awards such as department distinction, engaged learning, or Big Ideas. It is also a wonderful opportunity for students who wish to step out of the classroom to see how in-class learning applies to the real world.