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Department of Sociology & Criminology

Sociology FAQ

Department & Sociology & Criminology

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to take SOCI 1810 to enroll in a sociology or criminology class?

SOCI 1810 or permission of instructor is the standard prerequisite for all Sociology/Criminology courses.  [The course is required for Sociology and Criminology majors and minors.]

Can I use study abroad credits for the sociology or criminology major?

Yes, but these must be preapproved by the sociology and criminology department's Academic Advisor (Hava Gordon) or Chair (Lisa Martinez).  

Do I have to see a faculty advisor before registering for classes?

YES. Advising sign up sheets are posted outside faculty offices one week prior to
official advising periods.  [No other department can sign off on a Sociology or Criminology major, so it's in your best interest to meet with one of our departmental advisors to make sure you will meet all major/minor requirements.] 

How do I choose an advisor?

Advisors are assigned to students as they enter the major, although you are free to visit with any faculty member to discuss your interests. [Master advisor/advisee lists are kept in the Sociology/Criminology Office; email if you forget who your assigned advisor is.]

Can I do an internship for credit?

Yes. Sociology and Criminology Internships are available to students who meet eligibility requirements. Internships are usually one or two quarters long.
For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Martinez (, 303-871-2994).

I transferred to the University of Denver from another college. Will my sociology credits transfer?

Approval of transfer credits is done on a case by case basis by our Academic Advisor (Hava Gordon) or our Department Chair (Lisa Martinez).

What can I do with a degree in Sociology or Criminology?

As a liberal arts degree, a BA in Sociology or Criminology prepares you for a wide
range of career opportunities. Many of our students pursue advanced degrees in sociology, criminology, law, social work, and even business. Recent Sociology and Criminology graduates serve as police officers, crime analysts, teachers, Peace Corps workers, and are active in a variety of not-for-profit endeavors. More information is available on the Careers page.