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Crime and society’s responses to it represent core concerns for social scientists, policy makers, civic leaders, community organizations, and citizens across the globe. Criminology is the field of study dedicated to understanding crime as a social phenomenon. Criminologists study the social construction of laws, nature and causes of crime, reactions to the breaking of laws, and the prevention, control and treatment of crime. The Department of Sociology’s Criminology Certificate offers an essential foundation for students pursuing careers in criminal justice, victim and community services, criminal law, and non-profit organizations in local and international contexts. The certificate also prepares interested students for law school and graduate programs in sociology and criminology. Students may ultimately use this training to conduct social research on crime, influence public policy, and inform government decisions about crime and law.
Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will:
- Understand the theoretical explanations for the social and behavioral causes of crime and crime reduction
- Possess a fundamental understanding of the criminal-legal and political institutions responsible for crime control and policy
- Be familiar with currents trends in criminological thought, research, and activism
- Be able to apply the technical skills of their methodological training to conduct crime analyses and outcomes assessments for programs aimed at crime prevention
- Engage in original research projects involving criminological topics
- This is an on-campus or online program.
Declaring This Certificate
- Eligibility: While housed in Sociology, criminology is in fact a multidisciplinary field that draws from diverse liberal arts fields, including Psychology, Political Science, Communications, History, Philosophy, among others. Thus, CU Denver undergraduate students in any discipline can enroll in the certificate program. The certificate is also available to non-degree-seeking students who already have earned a BA or BS degree, either at CU Denver or elsewhere.
- Application procedures: Students are encouraged to apply for the Criminology Certificate at any point in their undergraduate studies. To apply, students should print and attach a completed Criminology Certificate Application to an unofficial transcript. These documents should be submitted to the Criminology Certificate Administrator. Once the application is approved, students will be contacted about their acceptance into the program.
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- A minimum of 15 hours is required for this certificate.
- To obtain the certificate, students must achieve a 2.0 GPA average in all approved criminology courses, with no grade less than a C.
- Credits applied to the certificate must be earned at CU Denver. (If students have completed a course required for the certificate elsewhere, they may add the needed credits in the form of additional elective credits drawn from the approved elective courses.)
- The certificate will be awarded when the student graduates with the bachelor’s degree.
Take the following required course:
- SOCY 3490 - Criminology
Take two of the following courses:
- SOCY 3115 - Quantitative Methods & Analysis and
- SOCY 3119 - Qualitative Methods
2 approved methods courses in the student’s major discipline, one on quantitative methods and one on qualitative methods (e.g. PSYC 2090, PSYC 3090, PSCI 3011, PHIL 3440, PHIL 2441, ECON 3801, ECON 3811, GEOG 2080, GEOG 4080). Questions about eligible methods course substitutions should be directed to the criminology certificate administrator.
Take two of the following approved elective courses:
- SOCY 2440 - Deviance and Social Control
- SOCY 3040 - Drugs, Alcohol & Society
- SOCY 4340 - Juvenile Delinquency
- SOCY 4460 - Hate Groups and Group Violence
- SOCY 4700 - Sociology of Law
- SOCY 4780 - Violence in Relationships
- ANTH 4090 - Drug Syndemic
- COMM 4040 - Communication, Prisons, and Social Justice [Prerequisite: COMM 2020, or instructor consent]
- COMM 4680 - Mass Media Law And Policy
- ECON 3400 - Economics of Sex and Drugs [Prerequisite: ECON 2022]
- ETST 3704 - Culture, Racism and Alienation
- HIST 3231 - Famous U.S. Trials
- HIST 4308 - Crime, Policing, and Justice in American History
- PHIL 3280 - War and Morality
- PHIL 4260 - Philosophy of Law
- PHIL 4812 - Special Topics in Philosophy
- PSCI 3034 - Race, Gender, Law and Public Policy
- PSCI 4185 - Corruption in the U.S. and Abroad [Prerequisite: PSCI 1001 or 3022]
- PSCI 4427 - Law, Politics and Justice
- PSCI 4807 - Political Violence
- PSYC 3265 - Drugs, Brain and Behavior
- PSYC 3612 - Domestic Abuse