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About our CAPS (Criminology and Public Sociology) Graduates

Prospective CAPS students often ask, "What can I do with my degree?" The answer is, "More than you might think!" Students in the CAPS program gain real-world experience applying sociological methods and theory to contemporary social problems.

For specific academic information about what you can do with your CAPS degree, read the research from the American Sociological Association's website. (external site)

In the case of our department, our alumni have gone on to analysts positions in the public and private sector, as well as being accepted into  PhD programs at such institutions as University of South Carolina, George Mason University, Utah State University, Old Dominion and Hawaii University. 

Recent CAPS Graduate Accomplishments

Jess MacDonald is a Spring 2010 graduate of the Criminology and Public Sociology Masters Program. For the 2010-2011 school year, she will be teaching English to french school children.

The program is through the French Embassy; she'll be working in the Nice region of France for the 2010-2011 school year teaching high school students English and American culture.

Jess is uniquely qualified to teach kids and adolescents thanks to her experience as the on-site reading program coordinator for the Hillcrest Reading Program during her time as a graduate student at UNCW.

Jessica MacDonald
Jess MacDonald
English Teacher
Nice, France

Thesis: Learning to Read at Hillcrest: Direct Instruction, Applied Sociology and Policy (PDF)

Alicia Larkins
Data Analyst for Bioinformatics LLC

Thesis: The Impact Of Stress-Related And Culturally-Specific Factors On College Alcohol Consumption (PDF)


Alicia Larkins is a Spring 2010 graduate of the Criminology and Public Sociology Masters Program.

She is a Data Analyst for Bioinformatics LLC, (external site) doing survey creation, implementation and analysis.

"I definitely appreciated everything I learned in the CAPS program," Ms. Larkins says, "because I'm pretty sure [it was] the reason I got my job."

She is hoping to build up her Analyst credentials to further pursue a career in a more Criminology focused field.



Lindsey Martin is a Spring 2010 graduate of the Criminology and Public Sociology Masters Program.

She is now the Associate Project Director at Danya International, (external site) in charge of overseeing all day-to-day aspects of two SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) Grants from NIH.  As associate project director, she works to develop content, integrate technical work and research efforts, coordinates advisory panels and stakeholder efforts, and is responsible for managing project budgets, consultants, and subcontractors. 

She is working on a grant to develop a curriculum on relationships and sexual education for parents of teens and teens with High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, as well as another grant charged with developing a guidebook for caregivers and direct care providers of children diagnosed with a life threatening illness.


Lindsey Martin
Associate Project Director at Danya International

Thesis: Perpetrating Sexual Assault: Assessing Prevalence, Attitudes, And Behaviors Among Male Military Personnel (PDF)

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