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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.  

Current Events

DU   senior juggles school work and motherhood while pursuing law school dream. Lucero Cordova Arellanes is more than just a college student. She's also a mother, a volunteer, a legal assistant, a future law school student and so much more.  (read more)

Cross-disciplinary team gets grant to tackle prison reform in Colorado. In Colorado, efforts to advance prison reform are getting a big boost from a University of Denver research team funded by a $200,000 grant from the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center.  (read more)

Recent Events

Mentor for a Moment: Social Sciences (April 20, 4 p.m.)  Students who were exploring career options that would allow them to leverage their social sciences degree or seeking an internship, job or research opportunity were invited to attend an evening of virtual conversation with alumni and students in CAHSS. Guests included graduates from History, Economics, Sociology and Criminology and Political Science. 

The Sociology and Criminology Department, in partnership with the Office of Career and Professional Development and the Office of Alumni Engagement, sponsored a 'lunch and learn" session on Tuesday, February 25, in the student study suite in Sturm Hall. At the event, alumni from the department discussed how they have leveraged their degrees in a variety of career paths. [Featured alumni included: Devanie Helman (BA Sociology and Psychology, 2012), Consultant for White River Strategy; Leslie Mongin (BA International Politics and Criminology, Minors in Spanish and Communications, 2006), Program Coordinator, Denver Police Department; Gretchen Gebhardt (BA Psychology and Criminology, 2016), Investigative Analyst, Colorado Bureau of Investigation; and Jordan Schweitzer (BA Sociology 2016), Athlete at Phoenix Rising Football Club and Co-Founder at Bootbags.] (view event flyer)