Criminology and Justice Studies

Major: Criminology and Justice Studies
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 182.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 45.0401
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9199

Criminal Justice Concentration

The Criminal Justice concentration is housed in the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies and was designed as the most flexible of our three concentrations. 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 to double major, prepare for law school, take on multiple minors (e.g., a language and legal studies), or for students who desire a traditional criminal justice education. Because the Criminal Justice concentration reserves 41.0 credits of free electives, it easily allows students to explore a wide range of curriculum opportunities throughout Drexel. Students in the Criminal Justice concentration often double major in Psychology, Behavioral Health, Legal Studies, Business, and Global Studies; and they often take on a language minor. Moreover, although the Criminal Justice concentration does not require most of the analytical courses (e.g., Crime Mapping using Geographic Information Systems) as the other two concentration, it does allow students to take any number of those courses as electives while they pursue other curricular pathways.

The Criminal Justice concentration offers the same community-based learning and global perspective courses as 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 in Munich and Prague; and Crime and Justice in Scandinavia. Please see the Study Abroad Program web page to view the location and itinerary of the 2019 study tour. The emphasis on comparative justice and study abroad reside at the leading edges of Drexel's core value of global citizenship. 

Criminal Justice Concentration

Degree Requirements

General Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development **1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PSCI 100Introduction to Political Science4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
English Elective (any ENGL course over 200-level)3.0
Fine Arts Elective3.0
History Elective4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Math Sequences
Take any two Math courses6.0-8.0
Science Sequence
Take any two Science courses with a lab from any combination of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics 8.0
Program in Criminology and Justice Studies Core Requirements
CJS 100Freshman Seminar in Crime and Justice3.0
CJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3.0
CJS 200Criminology3.0
CJS 210Race, Crime, and Justice 3.0
CJS 220Crime and the City3.0
CJS 260Justice in Our Community4.0
CJS 261Prison, Society and You 3.0
CJS 290Crime and Public Policy3.0
CJS 375Criminal Procedure3.0
CJS 376Sentencing3.0
PHIL 330Criminal Justice Ethics3.0
Methods and Analytics Sequence
CJS 250Research Methods & Analytics I3.0
CJS 300Research Methods and Analytics II3.0
Criminal Justice Thematic Concentration
CJS 266Crime Prevention Planning3.0
CJS 276Introduction to Computer Crime3.0
CJS 278Introduction to Law Enforcement3.0
CJS 280Communities and Crime3.0
CJS 360Juvenile Justice3.0
Program Electives
Complete 10 of the following courses: *30.0
Criminal Investigation
Surveillance, Technology, and the Law
Sex, Violence, & Crime on the Internet
Issues in Domestic Violence
Terrorism
International Field Experience
Methods and Analytics III
Advanced Criminological Theorizing
Comparative Justice Systems
Crime Mapping I Using Geographic Information Systems
Crime Mapping II Using Geographic Information Systems
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Computer Investigations and the Law
Technology and the Justice System
Death Penalty - An American Dilemma
Environmental Crime
Intellectual Property Theft in the Digital Age
Special Topics in Criminology and Justice Studies
Independent Study in CJS
Theories of Justice
Free Electives42.0
Total Credits183.0-185.0

Criminal Justice Concentration

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, no co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CJS 1003.0CJS 2604.0ANTH 1013.0VACATION
CJS 1013.0COM 1503.0CIVC 1011.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CJS 2003.0 
UNIV H1011.0PHIL 1013.0CJS 2613.0 
Math sequence3.0-4.0Math sequence3.0-4.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
  PSCI 1004.0 
 13-14 16-17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CJS 2103.0CJS 3003.0CJS 2663.0VACATION
CJS 2503.0CJS 3603.0CJS courses6.0 
PHIL 3303.0CJS course3.0Free elective3.0 
SOC 1013.0Free elective3.0Science sequence4.0 
CJS course3.0Science sequence4.0  
 15 16 16 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
PSY 1013.0CJS 2203.0CJS 2803.0VACATION
CJS course3.0CJS 2903.0CJS 3763.0 
Fine Arts elective3.0CJS 3753.0CJS course3.0 
Free electives6.0Free electives6.0Free elective*4.0 
  History elective4.0 
 15 15 17 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
CJS 2763.0CJS 2783.0CJS course3.0 
CJS course3.0UNIV H2011.0Free electives9.0 
English 200+3.0CJS courses6.0  
Free electives6.0Free electives6.0  
 15 16 12 
Total Credits 183-185

4 year, one co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CJS 1003.0CJS 2604.0ANTH 1013.0VACATION
CJS 1013.0COM 1503.0CIVC 1011.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CJS 2003.0 
UNIV H1011.0PHIL 1013.0CJS 2613.0 
Math sequence3.0-4.0Math sequence3.0-4.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
  PSCI 1004.0 
 13-14 16-17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CJS 2103.0CJS 3003.0CJS 2663.0PSY 1013.0
CJS 2503.0CJS 3603.0COOP 101*1.0CJS course3.0
PHIL 3303.0CJS course3.0CJS courses6.0Fine Arts elective3.0
SOC 1013.0Free elective3.0Free elective3.0Free electives6.0
CJS course3.0Science sequence4.0Science sequence4.0 
 15 16 17 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CJS 2203.0CJS 2803.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CJS 2903.0CJS 3763.0  
CJS 3753.0CJS course3.0  
Free electives6.0Free elective3.0  
 History elective4.0  
 15 16 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
CJS 2763.0CJS 2783.0CJS course3.0 
CJS course3.0UNIV H2011.0Free electives9.0 
English 200+3.0CJS courses6.0  
Free electives6.0Free electives6.0  
 15 16 12 
Total Credits 183-185

Criminal Justice Concentration

Professional Experiences

Students will complete one co-op (i.e., professional placement), typically during the spring and summer quarters of their Junior year. When they return for the start of their senior year, they can immediately begin their (impending) post-graduation job search with their co-op experience still recent on their resume. Some placements are paid (usually in the private sector) and others are unpaid (primarily in the public sector). The placements earn students academic credit while providing professional socialization and learning with crime and justice professionals. The networking aspects of these placements are invaluable for future career development. In addition to the learning experiences, past students have received excellent letters of recommendation for future employment agencies and for graduate and law school admissions.

In recent years, students have been placed in local agencies such as the District Attorney’s Office, the Institutional Law Project, the Juvenile Law Center, the Defendants Association of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia and Bucks County Prison Systems and the Pennsylvania Prison Society, Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Police. Several students have done co-ops and later worked full time at the Eastern State Penitentiary Historical Site and Museum. On the state level, co-op students have worked with the Board of Probation & Parole and other agencies. At the federal level, the US Customs Service had an agreement to accept cooperative education placements after having been screened by faculty. The faculty in Criminology and Justice Studies has been working over the past few years to expand its list of research co-ops (primarily for students working toward graduate school) and international co-ops.

Criminology and Justice Studies Faculty

Robert D'Ovidio, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. The intersection of computer technology, crime and the criminal justice system, criminological theory, policing, transnational crime.
Ashley Dickinson, PhD (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Teaching Professor. Corrections; offender rehabilitation; risk management; offender classification; gender and crime.
Jordan Hyatt, PhD, JD (University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University School of Law). Associate Professor. Community corrections; drug treatment; homelessness; probation/parole; re-entry; risk assessment; sentencing.
Shannon Jacobsen, PhD (Rutgers University). Assistant Professor. Gender, crime and victimization, fear of crimes and perceptions of risk, campus crime, public safety, communications and crime, social inequities, mixed methods research
Robert J. Kane, PhD (Temple University) Department Head. Professor. Police authority and accountability; urban ecology and sociology; violence and public health; police strategies and practices.
Kathleen Powell, PhD (Rutgers University). Post-Doctoral Fellow. Collateral consequences of incarceration, juvenile justice, quasi-experimental research design.
Cyndi Rickards, EdD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. On-line pedagogy; service-learning pedagogy; juvenile justice; domestic violence.
Kristene Unsworth, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Teaching Professor. Information science, policy and ethics, critical discourse analysis and qualitative methodology.
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