The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare at Western Michigan University promotes the understanding of social welfare by applying social science knowledge, methodology and technology to problems of social policy, politics, the social ecology and social services. The Journal provides an outstanding book review section as a regular feature of each issue. Since its first printing in 1974, the Journal has published articles on such topics as social change, gender, race, homelessness, social welfare history, cultural diversity, international social welfare and the social dimensions of health and mental health.
The Journal is published quarterly in March, June, September and December of each year. At least one issue in every year is dedicated to a special theme. The 2012 June issue, for example, is a special issue on Peace, Conflict & War.