The University of Dubuque Sociology major enables students to understand the complexities of social life and to develop an awareness of the connections among themselves, their communities, society at large, and the global environment. By analyzing human behavior at these multiple levels, students are challenged to deepen their appreciation of cross-cultural perspectives, increase their understanding of patterns of inequality, and explore possible forces for social change.
What You Will Learn
- Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills appropriate to evaluating the theoretical perspectives that comprise the disciplinary framework of sociology.
- Students gain insights into their own personal experiences as a positioned member of social institutions.
- Students will learn to practice appropriate and effective communication, in both oral and written form, that expresses their understanding and appreciation of diversity at multiple levels.
- Students will develop the skills necessary to contribute positively to their communities, society, and the global context through professional leadership and sociological insight.
- Students will learn to critically evaluate their sense of vocation and their ethical values in relation to social problems at the local, national, and global levels.
Program of Study
A University of Dubuque degree in sociology prepares students by offering courses that provide students with a scientific and systematic approach for evaluating social issues in their personal and professional lives. The Sociology Program provides opportunities for students to explore, critique, and evaluate issues of difference in their daily lives and opportunities for students to form alliances and to create solutions for social problems. This program of study further allows students the opportunity to explore their own political beliefs, personal convictions, cultural and faith traditions in the context of the classroom, community, and global diversity.
What Our Students Do
University of Dubuque sociology students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal program to plan additional courses, internships, undergraduate research, and other experiences. Many sociology majors consider double majoring or minoring in the following programs of study: criminal justice, gender studies, psychology, history, communication, English, languages (such as Spanish), or religion/philosophy.
Where Our Graduates Go
University of Dubuque sociology graduates seek careers as researchers and/or university teachers by continuing their study at the graduate level. The Sociology Program also provides an excellent background for graduate programs in social work, law, criminal justice, and other related disciplines. Additionally, the study of sociology or criminal justice prepares students for effective participation in a variety of careers in diverse fields such as education, government, criminology and corrections, community service, mental health services, business, and media and information systems.
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Sociology - Program of Study
The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)
CIS 101: Introduction to Computers (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
SOC 111: Introduction to Sociology (3)
SCJ 104: Voices/Values/Vocations in SOC and CJ (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3)
UDHS 121: World Civilization I (3) or other Global Awareness A Course
UDMA 112: Algebra (3)
BIO 125: Population, Resources, and Environment (3) or other Stewardship Course
ENG 112/260: Literature (3)
BIO 110: Human Biology (4) or other Biology Lab Course
RES 104: Research Writing (3)
ART 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or other Aesthetics B course
WVS 201: World View Seminar II (3)
SOC 331: Social Stratification (3)
PSY 310: Social Psychology (3)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
SOC 486: Internship (3-9)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
SOC 335: Social Research (3)
CCS 101: Cross-Cultural Study (1) or other Global Awareness B Course
SOC 336: Social Theory (3)
SOC 495: World View Seminar IV (3)
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology
Department of Criminal Justice Head
MPA, Ohio State University
Office Phone: 563.589.3452
Office Location: 323 Severance Hall
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A native Pennsylvanian, Mr. Shook received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Pennsylvania State University , and later received a Master of Public Administration from the Ohio State University. After graduating from Ohio State, Mr. Shook began a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a correctional officer. During his 29 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility at nine different duty stations, with his last position being Associate Warden at the United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas. During this time, Mr. Shook also instructed in an adjunct capacity at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; Upper Iowa University, Wausau Center and Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas.
Mr. Shook held the position of Assistant Professor/Department Chair of Criminal Justice Administration at Waldorf College from August, 2011 to May, 2014. He accepted the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Dubuque in August, 2014 and currently serves as Associate Professor and Department of Criminal Justice Head.
JD, Loyola University
BA, University of Iowa
Office Phone: 563.589.3562
Office Location: Severance Hall
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice
MA/Post-Secondary Education, University of Northern Iowa
BA, Upper Iowa University
AA, Hawkeye Institute of Technology
Office Phone: 563.589.3457
Office Location: 315 Severance Hall
MBA, University of Dubuque
Office Location: Blades
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office Phone: 563.589.3718
Office Location: 320 Severance Hall
Associate Professor of Sociology
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, University of Iowa
Office Phone: 563.589.3307
Office Location: 318 Severance Hall
MS, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
JD, Roger Williams University
BS, Lewis University
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Practice of Law: Admitted, Iowa, 2010; Admitted, Florida, 2009
Rickert & Wessel Law Office, P.C., Partner, Reinbeck, Iowa
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Member Iowa State Bar Association
Member Grundy County Bar Association
Member Florida State Bar Association
Member American Bar Association
Adjunct Professor at the University of Dubuque: Criminal Procedure, Criminology, Social Problems
Adjunct Instructor of Sociology
BA, University of Dubuque
Careers in Sociology
Many careers which stem from the Sociology Program provide entry into a wide range of human services careers. These careers serve varying populations including: youth, elderly, juvenile and adult offenders, differently abled, women, and families.
A sociology degree provides entry into the following careers and/or entry to the graduate study necessary to pursue the following careers:
- Case Management
- Mental Health Services
Many students with sociology and criminal justice majors have gone on to graduate school to prepare for careers in social science fields such as anthropology, criminal justice, education, ethnic studies, history, international human rights, law, non-profit management, public policy, psychology, sociology, social justice, and social work.