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Sociology Program


   Shaun Damm


When I first came to SIUE, I chose to major in Criminal Justice and minor in Sociology. Honestly, I knew nothing about Sociology or what it entailed. I started taking both Criminal Justice and Sociology classes, and although I love the study of Criminal Justice, my true passion was with the study of people, and the interactions they have with others. I then changed my major to Sociology and my minor to Criminal Justice and I never looked back.

While working through my major, I developed an interest in the study of gender and race. I loved learning about the social issues in society that are often related to an individual’s race or gender. In fact, my senior assignment study was based around college student’s attitudes towards transgender people.

After graduating in May of 2017 with my bachelor’s degree, I’ve recently started my career as a Detention Officer with Madison County. What I love most about being a Detention Officer is that the youth I work with can often turn their life around by making better choices. I’m thankful for my Sociology degree, because it has opened my eyes, and helped me understand what some of these kids go through and the troubles they face.

Deciding to major in Sociology has been one of the greatest decisions I’ve made. Understanding the social issues people face from different social groups has not only made me a better person, but it has also made me a better detention officer.

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