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Criminology

"The criminology program helped me focus on what really interested me. Along with my internship and excellent one-on-one discussions with professors, the classes allowed me to narrow my interests and dedicate myself to research in evolutionary psychology, an independent study looking at new media, and organized crime in Mexico (which worked nicely with my Spanish major). The work was demanding, yet fun, and helped prepare me for both my current job and for graduate school."

Christina Murphy ’09, Research Assistant, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.

"The Criminology program has provided me with the skills and education needed to succeed in a career in law enforcement. My vast knowledge and understanding of the field allowed me to achieve my career goal of becoming a Crime Analyst right out of college. This program has made me to be a strong, confident leader and encouraged me to strive for success and respect in a generally male dominated field."

Karie Kirchoff ‘08, Crime Analyst, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Hagerstown, Maryland

“The Criminology program really helped to direct my career into the federal law enforcement sector. Being able to intern with the US Secret Service opened more doors than I would have ever imagined! The education I received through my advisers and professors have directly helped me to critically think on the job as I work with law enforcement in critical situations, while the papers have helped me to write clear and concise reports that aid in investigations. The education I received in the Criminology program has helped me to succeed and stand out amongst my coworkers in ways I would have never imagined!”

Sharon Alstat ‘07, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Law Enforcement Support Center, Burlington, VT.

I was able to take advantage of the many opportunities and experiences that it offers through the Criminology and Social Deviance program. Two of my greatest experiences include my senior practicum with the Baltimore City Homicide Section and having the chance to participate in the undergraduate poster presentation at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference in 2007. The criminology program at CND not only provided me with the in class education but also allowed me the opportunity to gain work related experience. One of the many things I enjoyed was the fact that Professor Gibbs invited several guest speakers from all branches of the criminal justice system to speak at CND and it was a great way to network and learn about the many careers in the criminology field. The Criminology Program helped prepare me for graduate school at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, and I am absolutely loving it. I am currently studying criminal justice with a dual concentration in Intelligence and Analysis and Federal Law Enforcement. 

Erin de Loiselle ’07, graduate student

"As a student I had many valuable experiences and opportunities. I enjoyed the small class sizes and the diverse student body that I came in contact with. I had very loving, concerned professors who cared not just about my learning experience but me as a whole person. Most of all I enjoyed my Junior and Senior years most because of the first hand experience that I had in my field while completing several internships and Criminology Practicum. I believe that my Criminology major will afford me a bright future with many possibilities. I am currently attending Villa Julie College as a graduate student in their Forensic Studies Law track program. I plan on graduating from the program in December of this year. I am working at Social Security Administration in Woodlawn, MD where I am a Benefit Technical Examiner." 

Domonique Ackwood ’07, graduate student and Benefit Technical Examiner with Social Security Administration

"When I returned to college at the age of 31, I had no idea how I would manage a full time job, family responsibilities and the demands of my undergraduate curriculum. The flexible schedules and supportive faculty at Notre Dame of MD made returning to school an extremely positive experience. It wasn't easy working all day, studying all night and sometimes going to classes at 8 am on Saturdays, but I did it, and I'd do it all over again.  Anyone wanting to complete their undergraduate degree at a non-traditional point in their lives should consider the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies. The varied course offerings and small classes make the program an excellent choice. I am proud to say that I am a graduate of Notre Dame.”

Shelly Cotten ’07, Correctional Case Management Specialist with the Maryland Correctional Institute at Jessup

“My experience at Notre Dame has allowed me to fulfill my dreams of serving the community. As a Criminology major I felt prepared and ready for life after college. With the help of my professors I was able to secure a senior practicum with a local domestic violence unit, and eventually was hired as a full time Victim Advocate. I am continually using the skills that I learned at Notre Dame to help victim’s navigate the criminal justice system. Through my current position I have been able to network with a wide variety of individuals in the court, and counseling system, including Judges, State’s attorneys, parole and probation agents, and treatment specialists. Networking with these individuals has opened new opportunities for me. Notre Dame and the Criminology program have instilled in me the search for knowledge. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree, and will be applying for Law school in the coming months. I feel able to take on any challenge thanks to my experience at Notre Dame." 

Dianna Abramowski ’06, Court Advocate with the Family Violence Unit Baltimore County Department of Social Services

"The Criminology program provided me with valuable tools that led me to my current position. It was through my Practicum experience that I was able to secure my job. I credit the Notre Dame Criminology program for my love of research, my ability to relate and speak to clients, and my confidence to handle and adapt to any situation that may arise."

"My experience at Notre Dame has allowed me to fulfill my dreams of serving the community. As a Criminology major I felt prepared and ready for life after college.  With the help of my professors I was able to secure a senior practicum with a local domestic violence unit, and eventually was hired a full time Victim Advocate.  I am continually using the skills that I learned at Notre Dame to help victim's navigate the criminal justice system.Through my current position I have been able to network with a variety of individuals in the court, and counseling system, including Judges, State's attorneys, parole and probation agents, and treatment specialists.  Networking with these individuals has opened new opportunities for me.  Notre Dame and the Criminology program have instilled in me the search for knowledge.  I am currently pursuing a master's degree, and will be applying for Law School in the coming months.  I feel able to take on any challenge thanks to my experience at Notre Dame."