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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

The fall 2018 Sociology of Immigration class curated an exhibit entitled "Terms of Belonging: A Sociological Exploration of Immigration at DU" in mid-November as part of their final class project. The exhibit, which is located on the 2nd floor of Sturm Hall, next to the Student Study Suite, was a collaborative effort, along with University of Denver Museum of Anthropology (DUMA) graduate students and Special Collections & Archives at the University Libraries. Through personal accounts, articles from the student newspaper and documents from organizations and offices from DU's past and present, this exhibit reflects on the ways belonging results from the DU community's everyday practices. (Belonging comes in the immigration stories we live, embrace, and help narrate.) The exhibit has some interactive features and will be on display until February 2019.  f18 Soc of Immigration class with Assoc Dean Tague

Spring 2018 Events

May 2018 Dine and Dialogue dinner

Dine and Dialogue: "Leveraging your Sociology/Criminology Degree." The Department of Sociology & Criminology recently sponsored an event to help students who are wondering what to do with their degrees before and after graduation. Becca Bolden (BA 2011; MSW 2012; Program Director at Boys and Girls Club of Colorado) and Leslie Mongin (BA 2006; Program Coordinator for Refugee Community Engagement in the Denver Police Department) spoke with students about how they leveraged their sociology degrees and training on the job market. The conversation was followed by dinner at Spanky's Urban Roadhouse. [Thanks to the AHSS Dean's Office for helping coordinate this event!]

Gary Alan Fine lecturing Dr. Gary Alan Fine, distinguished faculty in Sociology at Northwestern University, presented a Marsico lecture on Thursday, May 3, 2018, on "The Sociology of Fun." Professor Fine has a stellar national and international reputation for his outstanding scholarship, and has served as a Fellow or Visiting Faculty at premier institutions across the globe. Fine also spoke to faculty and students about rumor, one of his other streams of research. His work in this area has made a substantial contribution to the understanding of urban legends, how rumors are transmitted, and the social consequences of legends and rumors. Dr. Fine's visit was co-sponsored by the Marsico Social Science Visiting Scholar Committee.

Dr. Hava Gordon presented an AHSS faculty lecture on Thursday, April 5, entitled, "This is Our School: How Racial and Class Inequalities Shape Movement Coalitions over Urban School Reform."  (event flyer)