Resources for Current Students
We want to ensure that our students have the support they need to make the most of their time in our department and continue on to a successful future. Whether you want to talk with faculty and advisors, apply for an internship or find writing help, we are here to guide you to the resources you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will a degree in criminology lead to a career in the FBI?
Many students are interested in careers with the FBI, prompting them to major in criminology. While a degree in criminology is useful, the FBI is particularly interested in individuals with foreign language and accounting skills, given changes in the nature of crime around the world. For more information about career opportunities with the FBI, please visit their website.
Do I have to take SOCI 1810 to enroll in a sociology or criminology?
SOCI 1810 or permission of instructor is the standard prerequisite for all sociology and criminology courses. The course is required for all sociology and criminology majors and minors.
Can I use study abroad credits for the sociology or criminology major?
Yes, but these must be preapproved by the sociology and criminology department's academic advisor, Hava Gordon, or chair, Lisa Pasko. See coursework approval work flow document for more details.
Can I do an internship for credit?
Yes. Sociology and criminology internships are available to students who meet eligibility requirements. Internships are usually one or two quarters long.
For more information, contact Lisa Pasko by email or by calling 303-871-2049.
Citations and Writing Resources
Although individual instructors may have particular criteria for their assignments, all writing in sociology classes should conform to disciplinary standards for citations and references. Use the American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide to include citations for the articles, books and internet sources that have provided concepts, claims or data that are relevant to the paper.
All sociology faculty have copies of the ASA's Style Guide. There is also a review copy of the guide in the sociology and criminology office, although this copy cannot be removed. You can read a short version of the Style Guide for students writing sociology papers (PDF).
If you need individual help, we encourage you to make an appointment with DU's Writing Center.
Outside Writing Resources
- Oregon State Sociology. Writing Within Sociology: A Guide for Undergraduates (PDF)
- Cuba, Lee. 2001. A Short Guide to Writing About Social Science. NY: Longman
- Sociology Writing Group. 2007. A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers. NY: Worth Publishers.
Understanding Social Life
About this Course
This course is an introduction to the discipline of sociology and to the insights it provides into the human condition. This course counts toward the Scientific Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.
About this Course
Social meaning of criminal behavior; relationship between crime and society in particular, how production and distribution of economic, political and cultural resources shape construction of law, order and crime; different types of crime, criminals and victims, and efforts to understand and control them. This course counts toward the Scientific Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.
About this Course
Two or more classic works read and discussed in detail; emphasis on understanding particular classical work and its place in sociological tradition. Prerequisite: SOCI 1810 and sophomore standing or permission of instructor.