2015, Honors College
The Honors College curriculum allows students to engage with perspectives different from their own and calls on them to approach problems in creative ways.
As a senior, Nat Mullins (Class of 2015) took a seminar course where she was given the task to compile a comprehensive list of assault weapons policies. Nat used this list to identify the number of assault weapons on the open market across the United States and was given the opportunity present this data to the Mason Criminology Department.
This research experience led to an opportunity after graduation to work with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office Major Crime Division and Special Victims Unit, analyzing sexual assault data.
While her classroom experiences helped prepare her for a career in criminal justice research, Nat says that what she truly valued from her time at Mason was having the Dean of the Honors College, Zofia Burr, as her professor during both her first and last semesters.
"Without Dean Burr’s teachings on research from multiple perspectives, my coursework, as well as the analysis I completed for the Special Victims Unit would have been merely one dimensional, and severely lacking in depth and analysis,” said Nat.