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Careers & Alumni

Sociology and criminal justice majors can choose from a wide variety of careers. Not only is sociology an important component of a liberal education, it can also provide important insights for graduates pursuing careers in law, advertising, nursing, social service, business, and many other areas.

Our alumni have gone on to a variety of rewarding fields, including social services, corrections, law, management, and sales. Many have gone on to further education in law and graduate schools.

Here's how a few Elmhurst graduates from the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice in sociology are using their degrees:

  • Marc Shield '12, deputy, Brown County, Wisconsin Sheriff's Department
  • Joseph Acosta '11. police officer, Naperville Police Department
  • D. Scott Tharp '05, associate director of diversity education
  • Kelly Morales '03, a parent outreach specialist for a community center
  • Roy Selvik '03, police officer
  • Barbara Collins '97, investigative analyst
  • Kelly Kettering '97, a residential therapist for children with emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Amber Locke '97, assistant director of development and public relations for a private not-for-profit corporation
  • Jonathan Provo '91, youth supervisor with the Illinois Department of Corrections
  • Alisa Lillquist Messana '91, family therapist
  • Sharon Shipinski '88, policy advisor for the Illinois Department of Corrections

For further information about careers, go to the Prospective Students area of the American Sociological Association's web site.

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