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Bachelor of Science in Criminology & Justice Studies

Drexel University's Program of Criminology and Justice Studies offers a rich educational experience that emphasizes justice and criminological theory, and translating concepts into practice. With its three thematic concentrations -- one in Criminology and Justice Policy, one in Justice Informatics, and one in Criminal Justice -- the Program in Criminology and Justice Studies provides all students with foundational knowledge and tools of the discipline, while allowing them to specialize in different areas of interest within the discipline.

CONCENTRATIONS

Criminology and Justice Policy

The Criminology & Justice Policy concentration grounds students in criminological theory and crime policy, as well as justice analytics, to help them identify, describe, and respond to current and emerging crime and security problems. A key goal of any rational crime policy is to maximize its benefits — e.g., reducing crime — while limiting its social costs, such as mass-incarceration, racial disparities, and violent backlashes. Through that lens, C&JP students will work with crime and police calls for service data, geo-tagged social media transmissions, and other sources of information to identify and explain crime trends, ”hotspots,” and “coldspots” across given geographies; and they will put their theory to use as they learn to generate and test research hypotheses related to crime and justice policy outcomes. Moreover, through community-based learning (a core value of the program), C&JP offers students the unique opportunity to experience criminology and justice education from the perspectives of those most affected by the criminal justice system: One required course is taught in an active jail; another is taught in a local community service organization.

Finally, recognizing the global nature of crime and justice issues, C&JP requires one course on international justice systems, two globally-themed courses outside the program; and it encourages all students to participate in at least one faculty-led study abroad program during which students will explore various justice-related themes (examples of recent trips: The Legacy of Nazi Policing and Cold War Justice in Munich and Prague; The Roots of Common Law Justice in London. Please see the Study Abroad Program web page to view the location and itinerary of the 2015 study tour). The emphasis on comparative justice and study abroad reside at the leading edge of Drexel’s core value of global citizenship.

The Criminology & Justice Policy thematic concentration reserves 31 free electives so that students can earn a minor outside the Program in Criminology and Justice Studies. Students interested in intelligence/security-related careers should consider minoring in a language. Visit Drexel's Modern Languages Program web page for a list of language minors.

Key Courses in this Concentration:

  • Crime Mapping using Geographic Information Systems (lab course)
  • Intelligence-Led Decision-Making (lab course)
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Race, Crime, and Justice
  • Crime and Public Policy
  • Comparative Justice Systems
  • Justice in our Community (taught at a local social service agency with community members as classmates)
  • Prison, Society, and You (taught inside a prison with soon-to-be-released inmates as classmates)
  • Crime and the City
  • Communities and Crime
  • Death Penalty – An American Dilemma
  • Restorative Justice
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Program Evaluation

Justice Informatics

With its thematic concentration in Justice Informatics (JI), Drexel University has transformed the traditional criminal justice degree program to produce graduates who possess knowledge and skills that are highly valued by criminal justice agencies in the 21st century. Namely, the program draws from criminology and criminal justice and computing and informatics to produce globally aware and technology proficient graduates who bring an analytical and information-led approach to solving the problems crime creates for society. Each exposure to the criminal justice system represents a data collection point, which becomes part of a massive and disparate array of data held by the government. Students will learn how to collect, manage, visualize, and analyze large sources of information so that they can bring their expertise into the crime and justice occupational arena and/or graduate school. In addition to learning to work with "big" data in the public justice arena, students will learn how to identify, collect, manage, and use data from the expansive -- and rapidly growing -- private system of justice and security to creative innovative solutions for identifying, solving, and preventing crime.

Graduates of Drexel's Justice Informatics concentration will be ideally suited to meet the demands of the growing job market for crime analysts among criminal justice, defense, and intelligence agencies and in the private-sector security community. Crime analysts have become an essential part of the modern criminal justice agency. They have become vital to, for example, the large police department looking to deploy resources in a manner that matches crime trends, the intelligence agency working to prevent terrorist events, and the financial services firm hoping to identify the fraudulent use of a credit card. JI graduates can also play an integral role on teams that build future information technology solutions for intelligence, defense, and criminal justice agencies from the public and private sectors.

Given the global nature of crime and justice issues, JI requires one course on international justice systems; and it encourages all students to participate in at least one faculty-led study abroad program during which students will explore various justice-related themes (examples of recent trips: The Legacy of Nazi Policing and Cold War Justice in Munich and Prague; The Roots of Common Law Justice in London. Please click HERE to view the location and itinerary of the 2015 study tour). The emphasis on comparative justice and study abroad reside at the leading edge of Drexel’s core value of global citizenship.

The Justice Informatics thematic concentration reserves 27 free electives so that students can earn a minor outside the Program in Criminology and Justice Studies. Students interested in intelligence/security-related careers should consider minoring in a language. Visit Drexel's Modern Languages Program for a list of language minors.

Key Courses in this Concentration:

  • Surveillance, Technology and the Law
  • Introduction to Computer Crime
  • Computer Investigation and the Law
  • Technology and the Justice System
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Informatics
  • Foundations of Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction I
  • Systems Analysis I
  • Database Management Systems
  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Social Media Trend Spotting
  • Capstone in Justice Informatics

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice concentration is housed in the Program of Criminology and Justice Studies and serves as the "generalist" concentration for the program. Specifically, the Criminal Justice concentration focuses its curriculum primarily on the substance of criminal justice institutions and crime and does not require many of the analytics and computer-based courses that the other two concentrations require. This concentration is primarily intended for students seeking a traditional criminal justice education. Because the Criminal Justice concentration reserves 41 free electives, it is the most flexible of the three concentrations, allowing students, for example, to relatively easily double major, or to take on a minor while still reserving enough free credit for other courses of interest outside the program.

Despite that the CJ concentration is the least analytically demanding of the three concentrations, it still offers the community-based learning and global perspective of the other two concentrations. Students in all three concentrations are encouraged to participate in at least one faculty-led study abroad program during which students will explore various justice related themes. Recent trips have been The Legacy of Nazi Policing and Cold War Justice in Munich and Prague and The Roots of Common Law Justice in London. Please see the Study Abroad Program web page to view the location and itinerary of the 2015 study tour. The emphasis on comparative justice and study abroad reside at the leading edges of Drexel's core value of global citizenship.


For questions or more information about any of these programs please contact Mica Storer, Program Coordinator.


Degree Requirements:

Bachelor of Science Degree: 182.0 credits

Recommended Plan of Study:

Bachelor of Science in Criminology & Justice Studies: Four Year, No Co-op