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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

Join the Graduate School of Social Work in the launch of The Catalyst Series for Social Justice. Their first event, "Racist & Anti-racist Humor: From Brownface to Chicano Political Cartoons," will focus on the history of racist humor, as well as the push-back against such humor, which created an opening for anti-racist humor and for non-white comics to enter the mainstream. Latino cartoonist, Lalo Alcaraz, and DU sociologist, Dr. Raul Perez, will engage in an enriching dialogue on the evolution of racist humor since the civil rights era. (more...)