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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 current 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 contact the Director of the Criminology Certificate informing them of their wish to pursue the certificate at any point in their undergraduate studies. Providing their student identification number and an unofficial transcript will assist the Director in advising them. The certificate is awarded to the student upon successful completion of required coursework and an assessment exam.
These program requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their Criminology advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
Students must satisfy all requirements as outlined below and by the department offering the certificate.
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Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours from the approved courses below.
- Students must complete a minimum of six upper-division (3000-level and above) credit hours chosen from the approved courses below.
Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all courses that apply to the certificate and must achieve a minimum cumulative certificate GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA. Courses taken using P+/P/F or S/U grading cannot apply to certificate requirements.
Students must complete all credits applied to the certificate 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.
Certificate Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
The certificate will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the student completes all required courses for the certificate.
|Complete the following required courses: 1
|Quantitative Methods & Analysis
and Qualitative Methods
|Complete two of the following elective courses:
|Deviance and Social Control
|Drugs, Alcohol & Society
|Hate Groups and Group Violence
|Crime, Justice, and the City
|Sociology of Law
|Violence in Relationships
|Communication, Prisons, and Social Justice
|Mass Media Law And Policy
|Violence in Society
|Pleas, Trials and Sentences
|Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime
|Crime and Delinquency Prevention
|Offenders With Mental Health Disorders
|Courts and Judicial Process
|Race, Class, and Justice
|Poverty, Crime, and Justice
|Sex Offenders and Offenses
|Gender and Crime
|Criminal Law and Constitutional Procedures
|Courts and Social Policy
|Gangs and Criminal Organizations
|Environmental Crime and Justice
|Economics of Crime and Punishment
|Economics of Sex and Drugs
|Culture, Racism and Alienation
|Family Policy & Law
|Famous U.S. Trials
|Crime, Policing, and Justice in American History
|War and Morality
|Why Obey the Law? Introduction to Philosophy of Law
|Punishment and Social Justice
|Race, Gender, Law and Public Policy
|Corruption in the U.S. and Abroad
|Law, Politics and Justice
|Drugs, Brain and Behavior
Students may substitute two approved methods courses in their major discipline, one on quantitative methods and one on qualitative methods. Questions about eligible methods course substitutions should be directed to the criminology certificate advisor. Alternative courses may reduce the required course credit hours from 11 to 9.
- SOCY 3115 Quantitative Methods & Analysis substitutions may include ECON 3801 Introduction to Mathematical Economics, ECON 3811 Statistics with Computer Applications, GEOG 2080 Introduction to Mapping and Map Analysis, GEOG 4080 Introduction to GIS, MATH 2830 Introductory Statistics, PHIL 2441 Logic, Language and Scientific Reasoning, PHIL 3440 Introduction to Symbolic Logic, PSCI 3011 Research Methods, PSYC 2090 Statistics and Research Methods, PSYC 3090 Research Methods in Psychology.
- SOCY 3119 Qualitative Methods substitutions may include COMM 4221 Research Methods: Qualitative, PBHL 4031 Ethnographic Research In Public Health.
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