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Department of Sociology & Criminology

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Department of Sociology & Criminology

Welcome to Sociology and Criminology!

Students in Sociology and Criminology can expect to develop the insights of the sociological perspective as they become familiar with continuing research and theoretical analysis of the social world. They learn how to better understand the structures and patterns upon which everyday life rests, to understand the interplay between individual choices and social constraint, to interpret events from multiple perspectives, and to examine social arrangements critically. They learn how to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.

Work with Leading Faculty

We are a small, active faculty who publish award-winning monographs as well as articles in the top journals of our field. We are committed to the public good and our scholarship is used to inform national and local policy debate.

Get Personal Attention

Our classes are small. Faculty-student partnerships are key to our successful program. 

Upcoming Events:

Film screening of Which Way Home

The DU Immigrant Rights Coalition will be hosting a film screening of Which Way Home on May 14th in Sturm Hall 151.  The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call "The Beast."  A discussion, moderated by Dr. Margie Thompson and Dr. Maria Suarez Toro, will follow the film. Pizza will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by Sociology & Criminology, International & Intercultural Communications, and the Center for Multicultural Excellence. RSVP by following this linkView event flyer. 

Student Profile:

Senior, 19, to Attend Law School in the Fall

(this story is from the May 2015 AHSS publication, Expressions)

Jamie RichardsonNot everyone can say that they will attend law school by the age of 19, but criminology and socio-legal studies double-major Jamie Richardson can. At an age when most students are still deciding their major, Richardson has completed the degree requirements for two concentrations and will be entering her first year of law school in the fall.  Read more...