UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

McKayla BishopMcKayla Bishop

Junior
Double Major in Sociology and Criminology
 

My interest is in helping sure people stay out of jail. Helping understand how we can influence the way people think about individuals who face hardships due to a criminal record.

 

Sydney HeylSydney Heyl

Sophmore
Double Major in Sociology and Criminology
 

My academic passions are sociology and criminology related because I have always loved the statistics behind crime, and more specifically, why people act in the ways they do.

 

Riley HoogerwerfRiley Hoogerwerf

Senior
Double Major in Sociology and Psychology
 

I’m interested in mental health and am going to school to get my PhD in clinical psychology. Along side that, I’ll be researching sexual assault in marginalized communities.

Braden HughesBraden Hughes

Junior
Triple Major in Sociology, Criminology and Psychology
 

I chose my majors because I want to better understand people and learn to help them either in times of need, or just in everyday life.

Chloe JunkermanChloe Junkerman

Sophmore
Double Major in Sociology and Criminology
 

I discovered my love for criminology while in high school. I took college classes through my school and the professors there pushed me to become a better student. I originally never knew what I wanted to do once I went to college, but after taking their class I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in federal law enforcement. I then decided to add on another major of sociology to broaden my horizons and make more jobs available to me once I graduate.

Haley MartinezHaley Martinez

Freshmen
Criminology
 

I began studying psychology when I was a junior in high school, then I took forensics my senior year. Those two classes heavily influenced me when choosing to study criminology as my major.

 

Erin ParrishErin Parrish

Senior
Double Major in Sociology and Criminology
 

I chose to study Criminology and Sociology because those are two subjects that have always interested me. I have wanted to be in the FBI since I was a little girl so majoring in Criminology is something that will hopefully get me to that end goal. I also love Sociology and decided to pick that up as a second major because people and their living styles are so interesting to me and I feel that it is important to learn about how others live.

Reese Petersen Reese Petersen

Senior
Criminology
 

I chose criminology because while my primary major is psychology, my long term goal is to work at the intersection of these two fields as I find them to be linked in incredible ways

Courtney PhillipsCourtney Phillips

Senior
Sociology
 

Social equity is a major concern for me.

 

Michala ReynoldsMichala Reynolds

Senior
Double Major in Sociology and Criminology
 

My dream is to work with juveniles who often find themselves involved in the Criminal Justice System due to environmental consequences and reduce the exposure of the system to these adolescents.

Neftalí SegoviaNeftalí Segovia

Senior
Double Major in Sociology and Criminology
 

My interest is in helping sure people stay out of jail. Helping understand how we can influence the way people think about individuals who face hardships due to a criminal record.

Emily SparkmanEmily Sparkman

Senior
Double Major in Sociology and Criminology
 

I chose to study criminal justice and sociology because I have always found them interesting. From a young age I was interested in the latest crimes stories depicted on Dateline or 48 hours. I have always been fascinated with the FBI as well. I started out as a business major but then soon realized I needed to study something that would make my heart happy and make my time here worth while.

Aidan StuartAidan Stuart

Freshmen
Criminology
 

I am interested in exploring the criminal mind and why people do what they do. I chose this major because I want to provide a feeling of safety for my community. I just want to better the world and society by stopping those who have ill will for others.

 

Callie ZaneCallie Zane

Senior
Triple Major in Sociology, Criminology, and Psychology
 

I chose to study my majors because I truly think I can enact a positive change in the world. I want to be able to help others and make a difference on both the macro and individual level. I did not think signing petitions and doing the bare minimum was the way to do that, so I began studying something that I am really passionate about. I know I have the ability, knowledge, and empathy to make this change.