Successful Graduates

A degree in sociology from Coe makes possible a wide variety of career opportunities. Some Coe graduates engage in counseling, case work, corrections, urban planning, and program evaluation for government agencies and private organizations. Others find rewarding employment in secondary education, marketing, sales, and personnel work. Here are some examples of what Coe sociology graduates are doing now:

Matt Burch

Matt Burch graduated in 2011 with a double major in computer science and sociology. After Coe, he began working in St. Louis at The Boeing Company as part of the Information Technology Career Foundation Program (ITCFP) before transitioning into a role as a software engineer. In December of 2013, Matt completed his master's in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis.

"College is a defining time in life, and Coe's liberal arts education broadens your view of the world while allowing you to explore different interests. The investment of the professors in your education and success helps you get the most from your college experience and prepare you for life post graduation" - Matt Burch '11


Emily Hipps

Emily Hipps graduated in 2011 with majors in sociology, English and creative writing. She works in an AmeriCorps VISTA position as employment relations coordinator for the International Institute of Minnesota, assisting refugees and immigrants train to enter the medical field.

“Thanks to the support of Coe's faculty, I have been able to achieve more than I ever thought possible. Through classes, internships, independent projects and studying abroad, I discovered what I was passionate about and fostered the skills that enabled me to succeed at a job I love.” - Emily Hipps ’11

Sam Haraway

Sam Haraway graduated in 2009 with majors in sociology and political science. He is originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Sam is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the sociology program at the University of California, Davis.

“The Coe academic plan reflects various students’ goals, whether oriented towards a career path or further academic advancement. Coe's strong curricular emphasis on writing enables students to develop this important skill that translates well beyond the classroom, and the level of faculty devotion to teaching further sets Coe apart from many colleges.” - Sam Haraway '09

  • Chad Kepros (sociology), graduate of the University of Iowa School of Law and employed by the law practice Bray & Klockau, where he specializes in family law and domestic relations
  • Libby Gottschall Slappey (sociology), Associate Director of Development for the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Steve Harford (sociology), program coordinator, AEGON USA Inc.
  • Jorge Pena (sociology), Substance Abuse Counselor, Midamar Corporation
  • Amber Mason-Lupkes (sociology) Federal Probation Officer, Cedar Rapids
  • Diane Nelson, research coordinator, Vernon Research Group
  • Kate DeTrent, Adoption Coordinator for Lutheran Family Services of Colorado

Successful Students

  • Eric Haugee (sociology) spent a spring semester on the ACM's Urban Studies Program in Chicago. In addition to his academic class work there, he was an intern with an organization called Youth Guidance, which provided social work services in the inner city neighborhood of Cabrini-Green. He is currently a Government Affairs Specialist at Ready 4K.
  • Hilary Sloan (sociology and Spanish) studied in Costa Rica in the fall on the ACM's program there. She was active on Coe's campus in a wide range of pursuits, including soccer and track, being a resident assistant in her residence hall, and being a tutor in Coe's Writing Center. She is currently a Senior Consultant at Bearing Point.
  • Lynda Laughlin (sociology) did an honors thesis at Coe on the impact of welfare and housing reform on low-income families. She received a Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia and works for the U.S. Census Bureau as a family demographer. At Temple she wrote her dissertation on social networks among working mothers in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Philadelphia, and the impact those networks have on employment and earnings.