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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. 

Recent Events:

Lecture by Dr. Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera, PhD, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University and Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, presented a lecture on September 29th entitled, "Challenging Racial Disparities in School Discipline Outcomes: Best Practices for Educators, Parents, and the Community." The event was co-sponsored by Denver Public Schools Division of Student Services, DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE) at DU, Morgridge College of Education, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University College, DU Department of Sociology and Criminology; Gender and Women’s Studies Program, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, and the Denver Classroom Teachers’ Association.  View event flyer.