Criminology & Justice Studies
In what ways did the War on Drugs of the 1980s and 1990s impact urban communities in terms of street-corner dealing, violence, and overall health? What about national incarceration rates, and racial disparities in the adjudication process? How do so-called Three Strikes laws typically influence the decisions of judges at sentencing? How far will the War on Terrorism push the legal boundaries of government surveillance and the monitoring of electronic communications, and what will be the impacts of such forces? Finally, how are “big data” being used (now and in the future) by justice, intelligence, or private organizations to identify social networks, conduct risk assessments, and make decisions about crime policy and resource deployment? 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: Criminology and Justice Policy, Justice Informatics and 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.
About the Curriculum
The Criminology & Justice Studies program gives you a thorough understanding of the scientific research into crime, criminal behavior, penology and criminal law. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for employment at the local, state and federal level, or for graduate school in criminal justice, law and related programs.