UW-La Crosse WordmarkKimberly A. Vogt, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology and Archaeology
435A Wimberly Hall 608-785-8458
Advising, Career and Graduate School Information

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    I encourage all of my student advisees and students who are interested in careers or graduate school in the areas of criminal justice and sociology to come in and visit with me. It is most helpful if you make an appointment by emailing me to schedule an appointment. It is very important for you to maximize your success in your academic career by getting to know your advisor and other faculty that you have for class. Establish student-faculty relationships as early on in your academic career as possible. As faculty get to know you personally it becomes much easier for them to write accurate and in-depth letters of recommendation or give telephone references for internships, jobs, and graduate school.

Make use of the many advising tools and resources available on campus. The department of Sociology (and therefore Sociology Majors) fall under the College of Liberal Studies, located in 235 Morris Hall (783-8113). The CLS Advising office can assist you when you have questions or concerns that cannot be answered by your advisor (e.g., transfer credits). In addition, you should make an appointment second semester junior year or very early the first semester of your senior year for a graduation audit (credit check). I also encourage you to make use of the   UW-L Academic Advising Center (AAC)  and Career Services to assist in advising you on possible majors, minors and career paths.

Students are personally responsible for their academic progress toward graduation. One of the best ways to avoid confusion is to become VERY FAMILIAR with the undergraduate catalog , your Advisement Report in WINGS, and academic and non-academic campus policies (Eagle Eye).


    I encourage you to work as early as possible in your academic career with both the UW-L Academic Advising Center, and UW-L Career Services. Both the Academic Advising Center and Career Services have a wide variety of services that are available to you in your exploration and preparation for your future after leaving UW-L. There are many different career paths that are suitable for students with a major or minor in sociology or a minor in criminal justice. One of the best ways to explore a career is to take an internship. The American Sociological Association's website provides good materials on careers and advising for sociology majors- ASA. Students have gone on to have careers in social services, human services, law enforcement, business and government. There are a variety of books on careers for majors and minors in sociology and criminal justice. The UW-L Library has some and many can be found online.
State of Wisconsin Certification Information
Social Worker Training Certificate- State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
  See Also:  National Association of Social Workers- Wisconsin               
Law Enforcement Officer Certification and Training- WI
Marriage & Family Therapy- WI
Career Related Websites

American Sociological Association
Criminal Justice Minor Webpage- Links to Careers

Criminal Justice Careers

Graduate/Professional School

I encourage all students who wish to advance in their careers to explore the possibility of going to graduate school. Discuss your interests with faculty members in various departments. Ask them about their experiences in graduate school and whether or not they think you would make a good candidate for graduate study. For students interested in pursuing graduate study, I encourage you to seriously consider following the course suggestions listed below. The course suggestions relate to my experiences with students who have gone on to graduate study as well as my contacts with colleagues who teach at institutions that offer graduate programs in sociology, criminology, and criminal justice.
  • Take both contemporary and early sociological theory. You will need the background in both in graduate school.
  • Take Soc 416 and 405 (Qualitative and Quantitative Senior Research Seminars) if possible. In thes courses you will gain experience designing your own research project.
  • If you qualify, pursue the Honors in Sociology program (SOC 410).
  • In your junior year, work with a faculty member to design an independent research project and apply for a UW-L Undergraduate Research Grant.
  • Become as computer literate as possible. Become proficient at using SPSS, MS Word and Excel. I strongly suggest that you take as many of the free mini courses that are offered through Information Technology Services as you have time to pursue.
  • Take as many statistics and probability courses as you can. Success in most graduate programs requires that you take advanced statistics and research methods. Investing time now, in both on and off- campus courses in statistics will greatly assist you in graduate school. I would also encourage you to take calculus. Calculus is the backbone behind many statistical techniques that you will have to understand, so the calculus background will put you way ahead!
  • Challenge yourself- take courses that push your comfort level and might not be your first choice. Broadening your sociology or criminology background will provide a stronger base for graduate school than if you have concentrated in just one area.
  • Consider completing two years of college level foreign language. Many graduate programs in sociology at the Ph.D. level require foreign language proficiency.

    Link to ASA webpage discussion of Graduate School
    Link to American Society of Criminology Web page with partial list of Crim/CJ grad schools
    Link to Gradschools.com

    Letters of Recommendation

    Many students ask faculty members for letters of recommendation for work, internships, or graduate school. If you would like a recommendation from a faculty member, you should first make an appointment to sit down with the professor and discuss whether or not they know you well enough to write a recommendation, and whether or not that recommendation would be favorable. When asking me for a recommendation, I require that you do the following:

    Email me at: kvogt"at"uwlax.edu

    Last Modified 08/06/2013