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Notre Dame, Holy Cross Lead Transformational Liberal Arts Education Program at Indiana Prison

Author: Josh Weinhold

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Driven by a commitment to Catholic social teaching and a strong belief that a liberal arts education can transform lives, Notre Dame and Holy Cross College faculty are teaching college-level courses for inmates at Indiana’s Westville Correction Facility. Since 2013, nearly 100 inmates have earned college credit and 11 have earned associate degrees as of this month. But developing a strong foundation in reading, writing, research, public speaking, and critical thinking offers benefits that go far beyond the professional opportunities a degree might one day provide.

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Sociology Majors Set Sights on Business Careers

Author: Arts and Letters

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With her Notre Dame sociology degree in hand, Sarah Hart ’15 is headed for the business world. When she starts work as a project manager at Epic, a software development company in the health care industry, her major has her set to succeed in a corporate environment. “It’s definitely given me a wide range of skills that can be applied to almost anything,” Hart said. “Critical thinking, delving deep into a problem and finding a solution, interacting with people, communicating your thoughts and ideas—those are transferable skills you can use in absolutely any workplace.”

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Mustillo Named Chair of Department of Sociology

Author: Josh Weinhold

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Sarah Mustillo, a professor of sociology, has been named chair of the department, beginning this fall. Mustillo, whose research involves the effects of adverse childhood experiences on health and mental health trajectories, came to Notre Dame in 2014. She will be the first woman to chair the department.

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Notre Dame Sociologists Examine Issues Surrounding School Choice in Indiana

Author: Josh Weinhold

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Notre Dame sociologists are undertaking major research initiatives analyzing the effects of Indiana’s school choice program, one of the largest in the United States. Mark Berends, a professor of sociology and director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity, is leading a study on how educational options impact schools and students, while Megan Andrew, an assistant professor of sociology, is leading a separate study on the social aspects of school choice policies.

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Department Launches New Minor in Sociology

Author: Josh Weinhold

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Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology has added a minor, providing the opportunity for students pursuing careers in medicine, law, business, or any other area to gain a solid foundation in sociology methods and concepts. The five-course minor includes two required courses, one in research methods and one in theory. The three remaining courses are sociology electives.

 

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International Sociology Research Helps Shape Alumni Futures

Author: Arts and Letters

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For Emmie Mediate ’15 and Katie Brennan ’15, their undergraduate research in sociology allowed them to delve into issues they are passionate about—and played an integral role in shaping their futures. Mediate, who was named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar, worked as a research assistant to Christian Smith, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology,  and Terence McDonnell, assistant professor of sociology. Brennan is now enrolled in a master’s program in conflict transformation and social justice at Queen’s University Belfast, after researching the sectarian environment and history of violence in Northern Ireland.

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