WELCOME - "We are a faculty dedicated to you. In Sociology, you join a community committed to improving the world around us and realizing our full potential as engaged scholars."
Department Greetings From
Dr. Esther Sullivan, Mr. Carlos Reali
and Dr. Edelina Burciaga
Sociology for a Changing World
Sociology is the systematic study of the collective behavior and culture of groups and organizations of people. The Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Denver offers a bachelor’s degree, a minor, a concentration, three undergraduate certificates, as well as a traditional master's degree and a combined 4+1 bachelor’s/master’s degree.
21st century careers require analytical skills, collaboration, multi-cultural and global understandings, data literacy, and excellent written expression. A degree and certification in sociology provides students the knowledge, skills, and training necessary to succeed in today’s workplace and make the world a better place—this includes careers in business/sales/marketing, social services, healthcare, the criminal justice system, education, and research.
The sociology major at the University of Colorado Denver is tailored to help students develop the data analytical skills and thematic expertise necessary to enter a variety of employment fields. Available fully online.
The sociology minor allows students to take these analytical skills and apply them to other disciplines. Available fully online.
The department’s certificates in Criminology, Families and Social Welfare, and Sociology of Health & Medicine provides majors and non-majors a focused program of study around major areas of practice in contemporary society. Available fully online.
The concentration in Gender and Society builds the understanding necessary for critically evaluating the role of gender in society and addressing contemporary problems such as the gender pay gap, health disparities, family roles, gender violence, and human trafficking. Available fully online.
The department’s graduate programs provide students opportunities to advance their empirical research skills and leverage work and internship opportunities in the Denver metropolitan area to enter or advance careers in research, government, higher education, health care, and nonprofit services or gain entry into the nation’s top Ph.D. programs in sociology.
We Are First Generation Too!
Many Sociology majors are first-generation college students. Several faculty in Sociology were among the first generation in their families to attend college too. On our webpage faculty directory we have put a first-generation tag alongside the photos of those faculty who are willing to talk with students about this experience, and offer support and guidance. Please feel free to seek them out!
All CU Denver Maymester & Summer courses are being either taught online or remotely. Remote courses are scheduled at a specific time, but held remotely. Additional $100 online fees will be waived for Maymester and Summer courses.
2020 Sociology Courses
Sociology MA application
deadline for Fall 2020
was February 15th.
It is possible for a late
application to still be
reviewed, please contact
the Graduate Program Director,
Dr. Adam Lippert for information:
Stay up to date on
what is happening in the
Dr. Teresa Cooney - Aging Adults Confront Coronavirus with Emotional Resiliency
Dr. Esther Sullivan was named one of the first-ever TIAA Chancellor's Urban Engaged Scholars
Dr. Adam Lippert received a 2020 CLAS award for Excellence in Teaching for Tenure Track Faculty
Dr. Maren Scull received a 2020 CLAS award for Excellence in Teaching for Non-Tenure Track Faculty
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- Adam Lippert’s Timely Commentary on Millennial Health
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- More on the Mentality behind the Choice Not to Vaccinate, from Jennifer Reich
- Expert Commentary from Esther Sullivan on Florida’s Mobile Home Laws
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- New research from Maren Scull sheds light on sugaring