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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Sociology & Criminology

2014 PinS symposium photos

Department of Sociology & Criminology

Learning Opportunities


The Sociology/Criminology Department's internship program is directed by Dr. Hava Gordon. The program is designed to:

  • provide work experience in an area related to the student's field of study
  • help students develop job competencies and interpersonal skills
  • explore career opportunities
  • apply academic knowledge to practical issues in the world of work

Permission of the instructor is required to enroll in our internship courses. In addition, students must meet the following course prerequisites:

  • declared Sociology or Criminology major
  • junior or senior standing
  • a cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.25, and
  • successful completion of at least three courses in the major beyond the introductory course

Please contact Dr. Pasko ( if you are interested in pursuing an internship in our department.

Want to earn academic credit for an internship in the legal field this summer? Register for PLSC 3985. (Click here for more information on this opportunity.)

Senior Thesis

Each year, a number of Sociology and Criminology majors are selected by the faculty to pursue graduating with Departmental Distinction. Students are selected from those with a minimum GPA of 3.5 within the Sociology or Criminology major. To graduate with Distinction in Sociology or Criminology, selected students must successfully complete a Senior Thesis.

NOTE: "Distinction" in the major (via a senior thesis) is a requirement for Latin Honors at DU (see the Graduation with Department Distinction  below for more information).

Graduation with Department Distinction

Senior thesis details (Should I write one? How do I get started? What's the timeline?)

Partners in Scholarship

Partners in Scholarship (PinS) is a program run by DU's Undergraduate Research Center; it's purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to work on collaborative research projects with faculty in their area of interest. Recent PinS projects in our department include:

  • an examination of sexual behavior across social and demographic categories
  • analysis of popular music to identify shifts in gender thematics
  • statistical analysis of federal recidivism data
  • content analysis of media coverage of mass shootings in the U.S.

For more information on the application process and deadlines, please see the Undergraduate Research Center website.


List of upcoming events, internship and job and volunteer opportunities sent forward to us--for circulation to majors [currently unavailable] .

The Liberal Arts Advantage

CAHSS helps welcome students into our academic community through intellectual experiences outside the classroom via special events, discussion groups, stipends for summer internships, an alumni mentoring program and the CAHSS Student Advisory Council.  Explore what CAHSS has to offer on their Student Programs page, where you can research funding, internships, mentoring and career services.