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Department of Criminology and Justice Studies

Drexel Criminology and Justice Studies professor Rob Kane delivers a lecture on policing operations in Philadelphia.

The Department of Criminology and Justice Studies gives students a thorough understanding of the scientific research into crime, criminal behavior, penology and criminal law. Upon graduation, students will be well equipped for employment at the local, state and federal level, or for graduate school in criminal justice, law or other related programs, depending on which degree students pursue. The Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Justice Studies degree program and minor degree options offered by our department are described below.

Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Justice Studies

Our Department offers the only Bachelor of Science (BS) program in the U.S. that integrates crime mapping, hot-spotting, and intelligence analysis into our core curriculum, qualifying our graduates to work as crime and intelligence analysts at any level of government. Drexel’s BS in Criminology and Justice Studies program offers a rich educational experience that emphasizes justice and criminological theory, as well as translating concepts into practice. We provide students with foundational knowledge and tools of the discipline, while allowing them to specialize in different areas of interest within the discipline.

BS in Criminology and Justice Studies

Computer Crime Minor

Computers have created new opportunities to commit criminal acts. The Minor in Computer Crime provides students with an overview of the behavioral, legal, technical and administrative issues faced by the criminal justice system and security communities in addressing crime involving computers and related networking technologies. The curriculum exposes students earning any undergraduate degree at Drexel to state-of-the-art solutions used within the public and private sectors to respond to and prevent computer crime.

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Criminal Justice Minor

Students earning a degree from any major who are interested in the law, legal issues and the forensic sciences may be interested in a career within the criminal justice system. These students can enhance their career possibilities by adding the Minor in Criminal Justice to their major field of study.

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Justice Studies Minor

The Justice Studies minor is designed for students who wish to connect their major fields of study with a justice-focused curriculum. The minor explores mostly place-based social, economic, health, and environmental risk factors in ways that extend beyond the traditional criminal justice system. With emphases on engaged learning, co-curricular opportunities, and data-driven problem-solving, the Justice Studies minor both educates and gives students the tools needed to practice “justice” across a wide spectrum of broader fields of study.

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