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

Criminology and Justice Policy concentration

About the Program

The Criminology & Justice Policy (C&JP) 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 2016 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 31.0 credits of 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.

Additional Information

For more information about the Criminology & Justice Policy concentration, please contact:

Robert Kane, PhD
Department Head
Department of Criminology and Justice Studies

Criminology and Justice Policy concentration

Degree Requirements

General Degree Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PSCI 100Introduction to Political Science4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
English Elective (any ENGL course over 200-level)3.0
Fine Arts Elective3.0
History Elective4.0
Math Sequence
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 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
Global Perspectives
Any courses across the university whose descriptions are global and/or comparative6.0
Methods and Analytics Sequence
CJS 250Research Methods & Analytics I3.0
CJS 300Research Methods and Analytics II3.0
CJS 301Methods and Analytics III3.0
CJS 302Advanced Criminological Theorizing3.0
CJS 320Comparative Justice Systems3.0
CJS 330Crime Mapping Using Geographic Information Systems3.0
CJS 335Intelligence-Led Decision-Making3.0
CJS 400Capstone in Criminology and Justice Policy3.0
CJS 401Program Evaluation3.0
Criminology and Justice Policy Thematic Concentration
Select eight of the following:24.0
Crime Prevention Planning
Introduction to Security Studies
Surveillance, Technology, and the Law
Introduction to Computer Crime
Introduction to Law Enforcement
Communities and Crime
Terrorism
International Field Experience
Juvenile Justice
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Death Penalty - An American Dilemma
Environmental Crime
Restorative Justice
Theories of Justice
Program Electives
Complete 6 credits from the following:6.0
Criminal Investigation
Issues in Domestic Violence
Computer Investigations and the Law
Forensic Science Survey Course
Science of Forensic Science
Forensic DNA Analysis
Special Topics in Criminology and Justice Studies
Independent Study
Free Electives33.0
Total Credits182.0-184.0

Criminology and Justice Policy concentration

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
CJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Science sequence course4.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
CJS 260Justice in Our Community4.0
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
Science sequence course4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
CJS 200Criminology3.0
CJS 261Prison, Society and You 3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PSCI 100Introduction to Political Science4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
CJS 210Race, Crime, and Justice 3.0
CJS 250Research Methods & Analytics I3.0
PHIL 330Criminal Justice Ethics3.0
CJS Course3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
CJS 300Research Methods and Analytics II3.0
Math Sequence3.0-4.0
CJS Course3.0
Global Persp. Course3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 6
CJS 301Methods and Analytics III3.0
Math Sequence3.0-4.0
CJS Course3.0
Free Elective3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 7
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
CJS Courses6.0
Fine Arts Elective3.0
Free Electives3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
CJS 220Crime and the City3.0
CJS 290Crime and Public Policy3.0
CJS 330Crime Mapping Using Geographic Information Systems3.0
CJS 375Criminal Procedure3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
CJS 302Advanced Criminological Theorizing3.0
CJS 320Comparative Justice Systems3.0
CJS 376Sentencing3.0
Program Elective3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
Program Elective3.0
English 200+3.0
History Elective4.0
CJS Course3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
CJS 335Intelligence-Led Decision-Making3.0
CJS 401Program Evaluation3.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
CJS Course3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 12
CJ 400 [WI] Capstone in Criminology and Justice Policy3.0
CJS Course3.0
Global Persp. Course3.0
Free Electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 182.0-184.0

Minor in Criminal Justice

Students from any major who are interested in the law, legal issues and the forensic sciences may envision a future connection with the criminal justice system. These students could enhance their career possibilities by adding a minor in criminal justice to their major field of study. 

The minor consists of four required courses and four criminal justice electives chosen from two categories, for a total of 24.0 credits.

Required Courses
CJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3.0
CJS 200Criminology3.0
CJS 210Race, Crime, and Justice 3.0
CJS 220Crime and the City3.0
Criminal Justice Elective Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12.0
Justice in Our Community
Prison, Society and You
Criminal Investigation
Crime Prevention Planning
Introduction to Security Studies
Surveillance, Technology, and the Law
Sex, Violence, & Crime on the Internet
Issues in Domestic Violence
Introduction to Computer Crime
Introduction to Correctional Practices
Introduction to Law Enforcement
Communities and Crime
Terrorism
Crime and Public Policy
International Field Experience
Advanced Criminological Theorizing
Comparative Justice Systems
Crime Mapping Using Geographic Information Systems
Intelligence-Led Decision-Making
Juvenile Justice
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Community Corrections
Computer Investigations and the Law
Technology and the Justice System
Forensic Science Survey Course
Death Penalty - An American Dilemma
Restorative Justice
Criminal Procedure
Sentencing
Intellectual Property Theft in the Digital Age
Science of Forensic Science
Forensic DNA Analysis
Program Evaluation
Special Topics in Criminology and Justice Studies
Independent Study
Total Credits24.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Criminology and Justice Policy 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 Dean for Humanities and Social Science Research and Graduate Education. 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). Assistant Professor. Community corrections; drug treatment; homelessness; probation/parole; re-entry; risk assessment; sentencing.
Lallen Johnson, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Professor. Drugs and violence; race, crime and justice; ecology of crime; geographic information systems.
Robert J. Kane, PhD (Temple University) Director, Criminology and Justice Studies Program. Professor. Police authority and accountability; urban ecology and sociology; violence and public health; police strategies and practices.
Cyndi Rickards, EdD (Drexel University) Senior Assistant Dean for Community Engagement. Assistant Teaching Professor. On-line pedagogy; service-learning pedagogy; juvenile justice; domestic violence.
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