Each year, the Department of Sociology and Criminology surveys our alumni to gather feedback about their post-John Carroll professional experiences. We also receive the occasional email from happy alumni. Please read on for their comments below or a few of our alumni success stories.

CN ’05
Pittsburgh Department of Medicine (in Research)

Comment in email to Department of Sociology and Criminology:
“…I found out last month that I was accepted into the physician assistant program at Chatham University!…It’s all very interesting and it’s great to be able to apply my public health skills every day (finished Master’s in Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh)…I just wanted to say hello. I really miss JCU—I don’t think that will ever change. Thanks for being such a wonderful mentor and professor during my time at JCU!”


SC ’09
Jesuit Volunteers International

Comment in email to Department of Sociology and Criminology upon learning of acceptance to JVI program:
I would like to extend my deep gratitude to all of you, my wonderful professors and mentors, for your guidance that has allowed me to be eligible for this great honor. Thank you so much!… I especially want you to know that, in offering me the position, they [Jesuit Volunteers International] mentioned being very impressed with my resume, which included much of my coursework that “demonstrates a deep understanding of human and cross-cultural interaction”…I obviously cannot deny that the Sociology Department, and all of you, have shaped me in these and many other ways, and you again have my deep gratitude.


MS ’05
Probation Officer

Question: Do you have any information you would like to share with the department?
Answer: Only to thank the department and the professors for doing the incredible job of preparing students for further education and/or employment. I felt confident when beginning my new career and I know that had a lot to do with all those who helped educate me at John Carroll.


JF ’05
US Army Officer

Question: In what ways did your sociology major prepare you for the work force?
Answer: The military is a “melting pot” of people from every social walk of life, it (sociology) has helped prepare me and have a better understanding of what to expect.

HB ’97
Immigration Attorney

Question: In what ways did your sociology major prepare you for the work force?
Answer: Since I am an immigration lawyer, I have daily interaction with people from a wide variety of cultures and economic/education backgrounds. My undergraduate work has not only made me more aware of cultural issues, it has also prepared me for working with such a variety of people. I am sensitive to issues faced by refugees, [and their] families…I feel extremely comfortable talking to my clients, and earning their trust because I was prepared to relate to different cultures.


AC ’97
Executive Recruiter in Financial Services

Question: In what ways did your sociology major prepare you for the work force?
Answer: Sociology has given me a strong foundation in understanding people, theoretical concepts, as well as environmental and social impacts. This has helped me significantly in my role today in recruitment.


BC ’97
Stay-at-home mom, part-time position at Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry

Question: Do you have any information you would like to share with the department?
Answer: After JCU, I did a year of JVC (Jesuit Volunteer Corps) in San Antonio. I didn’t think I would have been inspired to do this if it hadn’t been for my sociology major. I think my sociology major equipped me to be prepared for the poverty I saw (poverty on various levels). Thank you for that!


MG ’96
Licensed Social Worker in Mental Health Field

Question: In what ways did your sociology major prepare you for your advanced studies?
Answer: I think the best thing my sociology background provided for me was the gift of critical thinking. It has served me well, not only in my social work, but also in the other jobs I have held.