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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. 

Recent and Upcoming Events:

Lisa Martinez--featured speaker at Provost Lecture 

Lisa MartinezLisa Martinez, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and Core faculty member of the DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES), was the featured speaker at the winter quarter Provost Lecture and Luncheon on Thursday, February 6th. The topic of her lecture was, "Opening Gates and Overcoming Barriers: Understanding Latina/o Student Success in Higher Education."  (watch event video

Dr. Martinez will also present an AHSS Faculty Lecture entitled "Pathways to Mobility among Latina/o and Undocumented Youth" on Thursday, April 10, at 4pm. Register at du.edu/AHSSevents or 303.871.2425. 

Upcoming Panel Discussion

Jared Del Rosso, Assistant ProfessorJared Del Rosso, Assistant Professor, will be a panelist at an upcoming event entitled, "After Images: Abu Ghraib, A Decade Later." The panel discussion will be held at 2pm on Friday, April 25, in Sturm Hall 286, and will be co-sponsored by the Departments of Media, Film & Journalism Studies, International & Intercultural Communications, and Gender and Women's Studies. (view flyer)

Sociology Club visits Women's Correctional Facility     

Sociology Club prison visit

On Friday, February 14th, members of the Sociology Club visited a Women's Correctional Facility. (more...