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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)

Mentor for a Moment: Social Sciences (April 20, 4 p.m.)  Are you exploring career options that will allow you to leverage your social sciences degree? Seeking an internship, job or research opportunity? Consider attending an evening of virtual conversation with alumni and students in CAHSS. Guests include graduates from History, Economics, Sociology and Criminology and Political Science. RSVP here.

Recent Events

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. (view event flyer)