Studying Criminology & Justice Studies

Our major in Criminology & Justice Studies offers you a chance to explore the ways we manage harm and healing in our society. To call it a major in criminology only captures part of the story. You’ll look at justice from the roots of its conceptualization to the methods of its maintenance. You’ll be able to explore questions of ethics, social justice, historical perspectives on criminal justice, and the economics of crime, among many other topics. With a wide range of major electives available, you tailor your studies to your own curiosity and interests, while creating a foundation for further education or to launch your career.

Criminology & Justice Studies is offered as both a major and minor. Find the details in our course catalog:

Careers and graduate studies

Graduates who majored in criminology & justice studies often pursue:

  • Graduate studies
  • Law school
  • Conflict resolution
  • Restorative justice


  • Law enforcement agent
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Lawyer or judge
  • Probation officer
  • Non-profit administrator
  • Substance abuse and rehabilitation counselor

Internship Block

Many sociology alumni credit their block internship as the most influential experience of their academic career. The block internship program integrates 15 credits of academic sociology with an intensive community placement in a regional human service agency or grassroots organization. The goal is to integrate academic study into actual work in the community. Each student works closely with an assigned faculty mentor. Students are placed according to their interests in criminology and justice with an organization whose mission is to address harm and healing within the Four Corners region. The Sociology department has developed long-term partnerships with the Durango Police Department, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol, La Plata Youth Services, and many others.

For more information please contact the program coordinator.