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Successful Alumni


A degree in sociology from Coe makes possible a wide variety of career opportunities.

Recent graduates have gone on to a number of satisfying and challenging careers including working in corrections as a federal probation officer, counseling, case work, urban planning or acting as a community prevention and education specialist on issues of domestic violence. Others have gone on to PhD programs in sociology, and applied programs in social work and law enforcement. Those who go on to further study regularly comment that they have been well-prepared by their undergraduate work at Coe.


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"


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.”


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.”


  • 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), Development Director, Kids First Law Center
  • 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