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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

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

Spring quarter graduation -- please see the "News and Events" page of our website for information and video links.

Lucero Cordova ArellanesDU 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)

 

  Blanche Ndoutou
Blanche Ndoutou
 is one of the graduating seniors who helped launch Colorado Women's College's Leadership Scholars Program as part of their first graduating class. As a criminology major, her goal is to mentor youth and teach them about their rights and the realities of the criminal justice system. Learn more about Blanche here.