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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.  

In the News

Passionate Pre-Med Student Seeks Inspiration Wherever She Goes. "Dual-degree" doesn't quite cover undergraduate Natasha Hamilton's array of academic pursuits. This June, she'll earn her BS in molecular biology with a cognitive neuroscience concentration and minors in chemistry and math, as well as a BA in sociology with a minor in psychology. And she still finds time to pursue passions in piano, cello, and Celtic harp! (read more…) 

Once homeless, sociology senior looks forward to putting her DU degree to work:A liberal arts education has helped Tiffany Christian discover her potential. Long before she took her first class at the University of Denver, Tiffany Christian lived a life that comes right out of her sociology textbooks. For years, she bounced around different schools, group homes and lock-down facilities. She slept on the streets, sought refuge in shelters and served some time in jail. “When I was 20,” she recalls, “I was convicted of a felony [related to receiving stolen property]. I was hanging out with the wrong people. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had no idea what the consequences were going to be.” The consequences were severe, but they weren’t defining. And to prove it, Christian, now 38, will don cap and gown and march with the Class of 2019 at the undergraduate Commencement ceremony in June, when she will claim her bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a minor in communication. (read more…) 

Recent Events

The Sociology/Criminology Department held its year-end Award and Recognition Ceremony on Friday, June 14. At the ceremony, 12 students were initiated into Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD)--the national honor society for sociology; in addition, we distributed certificates for students who attained "Distinction in Sociology and Criminology," and gave out our Moore, Key and OMNI Awards. The ceremony was followed by a sit-down luncheon here in Sturm Hall. The list of students honored can be found here.

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 was 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 had interactive features and was on display until February 2019. For more information on this project, contact Dr. Maria Islas-Lopez.  f18 Soc of Immigration class with Assoc Dean Tague