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For a list of Bobby and Lydia’s upcoming office hours, click here!

UMSA Events

Dinner and a Movie

Join your fellow Sociology students for free food while you watch a movie related to Sociology on Thursday, February 18th from 6-7:30 PM in room 915 Social Sciences.

Alumni testimony

My interest in the intelligence profession was generated in two parts. First came my interest in global cultures through my U of M sociological background.  Intelligence organizations highly value understanding foreign adversaries from all perspectives, including a sociological perspective. Second, working within the military inspired me to pursue a career in the intelligence field. What I’ve realized throughout this process is the high demand for intelligence analysts outside the military, in both the public and private sectors.

When I began researching graduate schools, there was not an overabundance of universities featuring intelligence programs. My shortlist featured universities on the US East Coast, the UK, and Australia. Brunel University is a very competitive program, and was ranked at the top of my list for several reasons. Brunel University’s MA in Intelligence and Security Studies features a full semester Brunel Analytical Simulation Exercise (BASE). BASE focuses on a real-world intelligence subject and is presented to the UK Ministry of Defence. Other reasons I selected Brunel University were its accelerated, one-year program and an emphasis on structured analytic techniques (SATs).

The full-time Intelligence and Security Studies program consists of four courses:Brunel Classrom Photo.jpg Intelligence Concepts, Intelligence History, Contemporary Threats and Analytical Methodology, and Counterintelligence and Security. It is concluded with a supervised dissertation similar to the U of M Capstone Project. The rigorous program begins from the basics because most students come from sociology, military, or international relations backgrounds. The Intelligence and Security Studies program is organized into a group of approximately thirty students of which half reside in the UK and the remaining students are international including France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, and Scandinavia. Organization into a cohort encourages open collaboration with students from different backgrounds from the first week to the end of dissertations.

I absolutely love the program and am excited for my future career prospects. There is a high demand for intelligence analysts across the United States, including in the Twin Cities, and particularly in cyber intelligence positions. Students with strengths in analytical skills, written communication, and research methods would be well suited to an intelligence analyst position.Tower Bridge.jpg

If anyone has any questions or wants to know more about the intelligence profession for sociology majors feel free to contact me at

Job Opportunities

Security Monitor Program

Pay: $11.00 progressing to $12.00 after 260 hours

Security Monitors are a visible security presence on the University of Minnesota campus. They work with police officers to ensure a safe environment for all U of MN students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Security Monitors communicate with U of MN community members in order to increase safety on campus and to request that community members comply with applicable rules, regulations, and laws. Security Monitors are a visible deterrent and should never physically intervene in an incident. Security Monitors will request assistance from the U of MN Police when necessary.

This is a great opportunity for any Sociology students who wish to go into law enforcement.

To apply:
Click here for student employment opportunities, and advance search.
Job ID: 306361


US Public Interest Research Group (1)

Position: Fellow
Application Deadline: Feb 20th, 2016
GoldPass Job ID: 162290

Looking for jobs in policy advocacy? Learn the basics of organizing and put these skills to work to cast a spotlight on social problems, help run grassroots campaigns, and make a difference on issues that matter to everyday Americans. Apply to be a Fellow with the US Public Interest Research Group

US Public Interest Research Group (2)

Position: Digital Campaigner
Application Deadline: Feb 20th, 2016
GoldPass Job ID: 162291

Turn your online skills into a career in political action. Apply to be a Digital Campaigner with the US Public Interest Research Group and learn to run powerful digital campaigns, engage our hundreds of thousands of supporters, and make a difference in public policy.

Sociology- related news

Philosophy Camp

Philosophy Camp is the affectionate nickname given by students to the University of Minnesota course Philosophy 4326/5326—Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community (4 credits, 3 weeks). A small group of students and instructors meet daily, from May 22nd through June 12th, and create a residential living-learning community experience at a retreat center on the prairie outside of Windom, MN.  Participants in this course gain a fresh perspective on questions of self, vocation, education, sustainability, health, and community while enjoying simple living on the prairie of southwestern Minnesota. Students and instructors learn to investigate their own and others’ responses to questions such as these: What is an authentic self? What is my work in the world? What kind of community do I want to have around me? What do I bring to my relationships and community? It’s a fantastic experience to add to your undergraduate (or graduate!) time, and is a great opportunity to make friends and learn about yourself.

Philosophy Camp is now taking applications for the upcoming 2015 May-Term.

Other important details about Philosophy Camp:

  • Open to first-years through graduate students

  • Comprehensive program fee is $2300 ($2100 if you’re willing to share a room)

  • Transportation to and from Windom will be available

  • Need-based diversity scholarships may be available

  • Fulfills: Arts/Humanities Core & Civic Life and Ethics Theme

Visit or email us at for information on this course including application process, cost and financial aid info. If you’re ready to apply, just download an application here!  Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis until the course is full.

“The Law in Indian County”

World Without Genocide will host a talk, The Law in Indian Country: The FBI, Jurisdiction, and Cases of Sexual Violence, on Wednesday, March 9, at the Minnesota State Bar Association from noon – 2:00 pm.  This program will examine the FBI’s jurisdiction and role in bringing perpetrators on Indian reservations to justice and the challenges facing Indian victims of sexual violence.

For more information: Flier, The Law in lndian Country 2

Scientific Research Society
The University of Minnesota Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society has been on campus since 1896!
Our local chapter is working to really push for increased membership for our students in this honor society. This year, in addition to a strong list of existing scholarship opportunities, we are adding more.
These days students need all the support they can get to move through school, get into grad school or professional programs, pay their bills.  Sigma Xi – both locally and our international headquarters – offers students important benefits and status.

Multicultural Student Engagement Power & Privilege Speakers Series

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The Aurora Center

The Aurora Center is conducting a survey to better understand the experiences of male survivors of sexual violence and to gather information that will help us determine the need for and structure of a support group for male survivors of sexual violence.

We are asking for your help in disseminating this survey. Our hope is that we will reach a broad and diverse group of students across campus. The intended sample population for this survey is all University of Minnesota students who identify as male. Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. All responses are anonymous and participants’ names will not be connected in any way with their responses to the survey.

Link to 2016 Male Survivor Support Group Survey:

Call for abstracts: Health & Social Justice student poster session

American Public Health Association Spirit of 1848 Caucus


For APHA 2015, The Spirit of 1848 Social Justice & Public Health Student Poster Session is having an open call for abstracts for posters that highlight the intersection between social justice and public health from a historical, theoretical, epidemiological, ethnographic, and/or methodological perspective (whether quantitative or qualitative).

We welcome abstracts on any and all work that focuses on connections between social justice & public health.  Given the theme of this year’s APHA meeting (“Health in All Policies”), we especially encourage abstracts that critically examine the importance of health equity in all policies. This can include but is not limited to abstracts focusing on environmental, housing, criminal justice, health care, or food systems policies, on financial and/or labor legislation, and on the power imbalances involved in the development of these policies. Your abstract, however, does NOT have to focus on “health equity in all policies” –any topic is fine as long as it links issues of social justice & public health.

  • Abstracts should focus on furthering understanding and action to address the ways that social inequality harms, and social equity improves, the public’s health. Examples of social inequality include inequitable social divisions within societies based on social class, race/ethnicity, nativity, Indigenous and immigrant status, gender, and sexuality, as well as inequitable relations between nations and geographical regions.
  • This session will take place at the 143rd annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, in Chicago, IL on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 in the 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm APHA time slot.
  •  Abstracts are due on Thurs, February 12, 2015; all relevant instructions can be found at the APHA abstract submission website; see:


For any questions about thigis session, please contact Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee members Allegra Gordon (, Nylca Muñoz ( or Tabashir Sadegh-Nobari (