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Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology requires a total of 120 credits, including 34 credits earned in sociology. In addition to required sociology courses, CU Denver has a set of core university requirements for all undergraduates. These include courses in the humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, and natural/physical sciences. CU Denver also requires that students demonstrate competency in mathematics and writing, either through testing or coursework.  Details on these requirements are available from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in sociology through on-campus classes or by doing the degree entirely online. Of the 34 credits of coursework required in sociology, at least 16 credits must be earned in 3000 or 4000-level courses. The maximum number of credits permitted in the major is 56.  Within the major, 19 credits are earned in required sociology courses, leaving 15-29 elective credits in sociology. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be earned in the sociology electives (F’s are not averaged in). CLICK HERE FOR REQUIREMENTS​

NEW Certificates
The Department of Sociology now offers 3 certificates in the following areas:  Criminology, Families & Social Welfare, and Sociology of Health & Medicine.  

Criminology - 
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.  Click here​​ for more information and requirements.

Families and Social Welfare - Families play a significant part in individuals’ lives and society.  In sociology, one approach is to view families as a small group, focusing on relational processes like support, socialization, conflict, and intimacy that constitute interactions among family members.  Another approach views the family as a major social institution that interacts closely with other institutions including those affecting education, law, healthcare, religion, the economy, criminal justice, and welfare.  The family—in its varied and diverse forms—is also  key to understanding how inequality is experienced and reproduced in society, as substantial responsibility for caring, nurturing, and raising others is delegated to families.  The interplay of these multiple levels—the micro or interpersonal, the meso or institutional, and the macro or structural—also interests sociologists, as individuals influence social structures and institutions, and the latter, in turn, affect family interactions and relationships.  This certificate provides students a foundation for understanding the complex role of families and family members at multiple levels, as well as the social systems and organizations responsible for supporting families and individuals.  The content and methods courses will prepare students for direct service positions working with individuals and families (e.g., human and social services), or research, policy or advocacy positions addressing family issues (e.g., housing, violence and abuse, parenting, social welfare).  Students earning the certificate also will be well-positioned to pursue advanced degrees in social work, public health, counseling, law, sociology, or related disciplines.  Click here for information and requirements.

Sociology of Health & MedicineEnhancing the health and quality of life for individuals and communities are central goals to societies the world over.  Medical sociology is a subfield devoted to the study of population health, health care systems and policy, and the social dimensions of illness and healing.  Medical sociologists study the causes of health inequalities, social constructions of health and illness, origins of medical authority, doctor-patient relationships, community influences on health, and the social forces that affect policy.  The Sociology Department’s Sociology of Health and Medicine Certificate provides training in the core research methodologies and theories of medical sociology, examining individual experience, institutional structures, laws and policies that affect health, and broader systems of inequality that lead to unequal rates of illness and access to care. This certificate provides depth of training in these areas and is ideal for students interested in graduate-level study and social research on health and medicine as well as those interested in careers in public health, health care services, and non-profit organizations.  Click here​ for information and requirements.