Careers and Graduate Success in Sociology

Students at Commencement

The following sample of alumni from Augustana's Sociology Department show the variety of career options available to students who graduate with an understanding of society:


Hannah Rehome ’17 (Sociology)

Consumer Insight Specialist at Lawrence and Schiller Marketing & Advertising

Kayla (Bickett) Eitreim '05 (Sociology & Business Administration)

President at Junior Achievement of South Dakota

Audrey Otto '03 (Sociology & Biology)

CEO of the Butterfly House and Aquarium

Shauna (Smith) Welker '97 (Sociology)

MBA USF, Director of Business Development/Community Relations at The Inn on Westport (hospice & health care)

Manaal Ali ’20 (Sociology & Government/International Affiairs)

Director of Communication, Dakota Research and Consulting Organization

Covenant Awardee (2020 for Service)

Jordan Cardenas ’19 (Sociology & Government/International Affiairs)

Staff Assistant, Office of Senator John Thune; Doctorate of Law (JD) Candidate ('23), University of St. Thomas

Tracy Lindsay ’16 (Sociology)

Doctorate of Law (JD) Candidate ('23), Georgetown University

Trevor Houser '15 (Sociology)

Deputy, Minnehaha County Sheriff's Department

Kaleb Boese '09 (Sociology, International Studies, & Economics)

Corporate Counsel at Ruhrpumpen Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jason Leach 04' (Sociology & Psychology)

Sargent, Sioux Falls Police Department, and Sioux Falls Police Department School Resource Supervisor


Liz Colby '19 (Sociology, Psychology, & Business)

Intake Care Representative, Cigna Behavioral Health

Ben Skelly '15 (Sociology)

Behavioral Specialist, Sioux Falls School District

Alison (Champine) Christopherson '13 (Sociology & Spanish)

MEA USD, Academic Advisor, Red Rocks Community College, Denver, CO

Nate Alfson '12 (Sociology & Psychology)

11/12th Grade Special Education Teacher, Baseball & Volleyball Coach, Pipestone Area Schools

Shawnda (Otto) Schroeder '08 (Sociology)

PhD UND, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Jeri Light '06 (Sociology, Communications, & Gender Studies)

Library Associate, Siouxland Libraries

Cortney Mabry ’17 (Sociology & Spanish)

Volunteer Program Coordinator, The Gathering Place, a day shelter for individuals experiencing poverty & homelessness in Denver, CO

Covenant Awardee (2017 for Liberal Arts)

Zachary Jones ’16 (Sociology & Mathematics)

2nd Year, Pre-theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis, MO, Seminarians Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa

Covenant Awardee (2016 for Christian Faith)

Kadyn Wittman ’13 (Sociology & Gender Studies)

Client Advocate, Bishop Dudley Hospitality House, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Erika Jacobson ’11 (Sociology & Psychology)

MSW UN Omaha, Clinical Social Worker

Stacy Stahl '99 (Sociology)

Executive Director of Youth Programs at EmBe


Alex van Gerrevink '19 (Sociology/Medicine and Health Emphasis & ACS Chemistry)

Clinical Imaginetics Specialist, Sanford Health

Reed Ritterbusch ’18 (Sociology (Honors)/Medicine and Health Emphasis, & Biochemistry)

Medical Student, University of Washington School of Medicine

Hayley McCarron ’17 (Sociology (Honors) & Communications)

MPH UMN, Public Health Analyst, CDC Foundation, Minneapolis, MN

Mallory Frantsen ’16 (Sociology & Psychology)

Behavioral Health Patient and Family Navigator, Avera Behavioral Health Center and Graduate Student, Master’s of Social Work, University of South Dakota

Michael Dulitz '13 (Sociology)

MPH UND, Opiate Response Project Coordinator, Grand Forks Public Health Department

Read more about how sociological preparation and can lead to success in a variety of careers!