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Congratulations 2019-2020 graduates!

Thursday, June 11, signalled the end of the spring quarter and academic year 2019-2020. While the University was unable to have a true commencement ceremony for graduates this year due to COVID-19, we did have a combination in-person/digital day of celebration on Friday, June 12.The Sociology/Criminology Department also held a digital recognition ceremony for award winners and students who graduated with "Distinction" in Sociology and Criminology. 

Congratulations to all Sociology and Criminology graduates--from all of us in the Soc & Crim department! We have been honored to teach you, learn with you, and watch you grow throughout your undergraduate journey. You have worked so incredibly hard, and we wish we could have celebrated your success in person. But for now, your professors have put together a heartfelt message of congratulations in this video

Be well, keep in touch, and please know we're always here for you!


Faculty Spotlight

Jared Del Rosso researches torture

Since 2007, Jared Del Rosso has studied the U.S. debates about detainee abuse, torture, and interrogation policy. To understand this debate, Professor Del Rosso analyzed over 40 transcripts of congressional hearings on these issues. Through this analysis, Professor Del Rosso documented a fundamental change in the ways that U.S. politicians spoke about torture.  More...

Video of Jared Del Rosso explaining his research and how he integrates it into the classroom: 

See also: October 2015 story in University of Denver Magazine: "Sociology professor's new book explores torture debate"         


(Note that current events are listed on the department's main webpage)

2019-20 In the news/Events

Mentor for a Moment: Social Sciences (April 20, 4 p.m.)   Students who were exploring career options that would allow them to leverage their social sciences degree or seeking an internship, job or research opportunity were invited to attend an evening of virtual conversation with alumni and students in CAHSS. Guests included graduates from History, Economics, Sociology and Criminology and Political Science. 

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. [Featured alumni included: Devanie Helman (BA Sociology and Psychology, 2012), Consultant for White River Strategy; Leslie Mongin (BA International Politics and Criminology, Minors in Spanish and Communications, 2006), Program Coordinator, Denver Police Department; Gretchen Gebhardt (BA Psychology and Criminology, 2016), Investigative Analyst, Colorado Bureau of Investigation; and Jordan Schweitzer (BA Sociology 2016), Athlete at Phoenix Rising Football Club and Co-Founder at Bootbags.] (view event flyer)


Department archives of past news and events.


List of upcoming events, internship and job opportunities sent forward to us--for circulation to majors.