Ashley graduated with a Sociology degree Spring 2016. Like many others, Ashley chose sociology as her major because it intrigued her. For Ashley, sociology exposed her to a wide array of topics, and she loved how varied the classes are. After taking Race and Ethnic Relations, Dr. Shayne Lee became Ashley’s favorite professor. “He is a fantastic teacher, ensuring that every perspective is both presented and challenged!” she says.
While earning her Sociology degree Ashley worked as a development intern at the Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston. Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston is a nonprofit organization located in downtown Houston that helps out those in need. This organization has partnered up with Meals on Wheels, Refugee Services, and Interfaith Relations. In the organization, Ashley managed their donor database by entering gift information and ensuring that all donors are thanked for their generous contributions. She also assisted with writing and preparing grant proposals. Ashley says, “My sociology courses have taught me how to engage in discussions on a variety of different topics and to articulate my research or perspectives through writing. These skills are important in both raising funds for an organization and for graduate school.”
In addition to earning a Bachelor’s in Sociology, Ashley also obtained a certification in Nonprofit Management through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She hopes to work in nonprofit development and eventually complete an MBA or MPA.
Erin is a Sociology major and senior who is interested in learning about people and their motivations. She found that studying sociology satisfied her interest, and it was something she became passionate about. Erin says, “I love learning about and studying people. The fact that we use the scientific method to do so is really interesting!” Erin enjoyed taking Introduction to Social Statistics with Dr. Baumle and Careers in Sociology with Dr. Katz. She thought that statistics would be difficult, but it ended up being one of her favorite classes. She is now interested in doing quantitative research because of her positive experience in class. “The sociology classes here really helped me figure out what my interests are and what subjects make me excited to work on them.”
After earning her degree, Erin plans to attend graduate school and then seek out a career where she can apply her sociological skills. In spring 2016, she took an independent study with Dr. Baumle and conducted her own research—a mixed method content analysis examining romance and sexuality in the video game, Dragon Age 2. Erin plans to research video games and "nerd culture" for a living some day, so these experiences, she maintains, are invaluable.