Our BA in criminology provides you with the foundation to think critically about crime, law and justice. In addition to learning theory and methods, you'll examine structural foundations of crime, deviance and social control.

Our low student-to-faculty ratio allows professors to advise you according to your individual passions and career goals. As you develop specific areas of interest, you can delve deeper into the creation and application of criminal law, the causes of crime or societal responses to lawbreaking. Your exploration of these topics can culminate in a senior thesis.

Majors often go on to law or graduate school, or pursue careers in social- and human-service occupations related to criminal, juvenile and social justice. Others pursue graduate study in criminology, law and other social sciences.

Criminology at DU Offers:

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    The Partners in Scholarship (PinS) program, where you can collaborate with faculty on research initiatives

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    Internships that empower you to apply classroom learning to larger communities in business, social service and government

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    Special events led by award-winning faculty and guests whose work actively contributes to local and national policy debates

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    Career development and an alumni mentoring program, which offer insight into opportunities after graduation

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Degree Requirements

  • To major in criminology you will need to complete 40 credits. These include 20 credits of required coursework and 20 elective credits. Up to four credits in the electives category can be an internship.
  • Students may not double-major, double-minor or major-minor in both sociology and criminology.
  • For distinction in the major, you will need to maintain a GPA of 3.5 in the major, 3.25 overall, and you will successfully complete a senior thesis according to the set departmental timeline. 
  • To fulfill a secondary major in criminology you will complete 40 credits (same requirements as for BA degree).
  • To fulfill a minor in criminology you will complete 20 credits, including Understanding Social Life, Criminology and 12 elective credits. Up to four credits can be an internship.

See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements.


Our Criminology program offers a real-world study of crime, law and justice.

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