Current Student Profiles

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Cassandra Calkins

Hometown: Naples, Florida

Major(s): Criminology, Law, and Justice and Psychology

Internships or Research Experiences: Residential Officer Intern at the 6th Judicial District Department of Corrections

Volunteering: Women's Resource and Action Center and Willis Dady Homeless Shelter

Why Did You Choose Sociology/Criminology: I chose to study Criminology because of overall interest in the field and because I think it is a beneficial major for a number of careers, especially if you couple it with sociology or psychology courses.

Favorite Class(es): Drugs Deviance and Social Control; Communities and Crime; Cognitive Psychology

Future Plans: I am currently in the Corrections field and hope to go into Pre-Trial Services. I might like to go to law school, possibly The University of Iowa College of Law. 


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Nicholas Hove

Hometown: Runnells, IA

Major(s): Criminology, Law, and Justice

Internships or Research Experiences: Youth Care Intern at Youth Homes of Mid-America

Why Did You Choose Sociology/Criminology: I entered the University of Iowa without a declared major, but soon found interest in this area of study after taking an introductory course. Learning about the operation of various processes within the criminal justice system along with their flaws is what drew me into this major, which continues to motivate me to ultimately end up in a position to contribute to and improve the state of such processes. I also thoroughly enjoy learning about the theoretical explanations for delinquency.

Favorite Class(es): Juvenile Delinquency; Immigration and Crime

Future Plans: I am currently in the law school application process, planning to attend law school next fall. 


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Dia Paudyal

Hometown: Ames, IA

Major(s): Majors in Political Science, Economics, and Ethics & Public Policy, Minor in Criminology, Law, & Justice. Political Risk Analysis Certificate.

Internships or Research Experiences: Intern at the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa. 

Why Did You Choose Sociology/Criminology: I wanted to learn more about the criminal justice system in order to bring about future reforms and address current issues regarding  mass incarceration. I also really enjoy learning theory about critical criminology.

Favorite Class(es): Immigration and Crime; Global Criminology 

Future Plans: I am a third-year student on the pre-law track. I am interested in public service law, principally civil rights, immigration, and labor law.