Criminal Justice

Major: Criminal Justice
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 182.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code:
45.0401
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9199

About the Program

Note: Effective Fall 2014, students are no longer being accepted into this program. Please see Criminology and Justice Studies.

Students majoring in criminal justice learn about the most recent scientific developments and the latest technologies relevant to criminal justice. Internships and co-ops provide opportunities for students to synthesize academic learning with direct experience in the criminal justice system.

Issues of crime and justice affect every individual at some point in their lives if only as tax- paying citizens and voters. Criminal justice legislation, policy and decision-making and matters of community safety and well being require well-educated professionals to administer, legislate, communicate, and implement the work of the criminal justice system. Students in Drexel's criminal justice major will be well prepared to assume these roles and responsibilities.

About the Curriculum

On completion of the bachelor's degree, the required courses provide the essential foundation for mid-level employment in the field of criminal justice or for further study in various areas of criminal justice and the law. Students will acquire theoretical and methodological skills as well as courses in written and oral communication so necessary for professional careers in this field. The students majoring in criminal justice will also have a robust foundation in statistics, and computer applications. Additional required courses focus on the areas of forensic sciences, law and political and social sciences.

Program Goals

The goals for the criminal justice program include the following:

  • To provide excellent, cutting edge preparation for students planning to enter graduate study of criminal justice, law and law-related programs.
  • To prepare students for upper level employment in the criminal justice system at local, state and federal levels.
  • To communicate an understanding of crime, criminal behavior and the criminal justice system essential for aware citizens, as voters, taxpayers, planners and decision-makers.

Additional Information

For more information specific to the field of criminal justice, contact:

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

For additional information about the BS in Criminal Justice, please visit the Culture and Communication Department's Criminology and Justice Studied page.

 Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on opportunities.

Degree Requirements 

General Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
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 Experience2.0
Fine Arts Elective3.0
History Elective3.0
English Elective (any ENGL course over 200-level) 3.0
Math Sequences8.0
Select one of the following:
Analysis Sequence
Introduction to Analysis I
Introduction to Analysis II
Calculus Sequence
Calculus I
Calculus II
Science Sequence8.0
Select one of the following:
Biology Sequence
Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory
Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Chemistry Sequence
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Criminal Justice Core Requirements
Justice Sequence
BLAW 342Criminal Law4.0
CJ 204Criminology3.0
CJ 206Criminal Justice3.0
CJ 276Introduction to Computer Crime3.0
CJ 277Introduction to Correctional Practices3.0
CJ 278Introduction to Law Enforcement3.0
CJ 360Juvenile Justice3.0
CJ 374Restorative Justice3.0
CJ 375Criminal Procedure3.0
CJ 376Sentencing: The History, Necessity and Morality of Punishment in America3.0
CJ 390CO-OP Integration in Criminology and Justice Studies0.0-6.0
CJ 400 [WI] Capstone in Criminology and Justice Policy3.0
PHIL 330Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice3.0
Writing/Communication Sequence
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 375 [WI] Grant Writing3.0
Theory Sequence
SOC 260 [WI] Classical Social Theory3.0
SOC 460 [WI] Contemporary Social Theory3.0
PSCI 329Theories of Justice3.0
Methods Sequence
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
SOC 250Research Methods I3.0
SOC 364Computer-Assisted Data Analysis3.0
Criminal Justice Specialization Courses
Select eight of the following:24.0-25.0
Forensics
Criminal Investigation
Forensic Science Survey Course
Science of Forensic Science
Forensic DNA Analysis
Forensic Psychology
Cybercrime
Surveillance, Technology and the Law
Sex, Violence & Crime on the Internet
Intellectual Property Theft in the Digital Age
Crime and Procedures
Crime Prevention Planning
Introduction to Security Studies
Issues in Domestic Violence
Communities and Crime
Community Policing
Terrorism
Crime and Public Policy
Death Penalty - An American Dilemma
Environmental Crimes
White Collar Crime
Constitutional Law I
Politics, Law, & Justice
Other Social Science Electives
Select four of the following:12.0
Social Problems
Sociology of the Family
Wealth and Power
Urban Sociology
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Special Topics
Independent Study
Special Topics in Sociology
Constitutional Law II
Supreme Court and American Politics
Select one of the following:3.0
Approaches to Intercultural Behavior
Intercultural Communication
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Electives
Free Electives19.0-25.0
Total Credits182.0

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 Center. 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. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Note: Effective Fall 2014, students are no longer being accepted into this program. Please see Criminology and Justice Studies.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
CJ 206Criminal Justice3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
CHEM 111
or BIO 107
General Chemistry I
Cells, Genetics Physiology
4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
SOC 115Social Problems3.0
CHEM 112
or BIO 109
General Chemistry II
Biological Diversity, Ecology Evolution
4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
CJ 204Criminology3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PSCI 100Introduction to Political Science4.0
SOC 260 [WI] Classical Social Theory3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
CJ 277Introduction to Correctional Practices3.0
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
History Elective 3.0
Criminal Justice Specialization Courses*6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
CJ 278Introduction to Law Enforcement3.0
CJ 360Juvenile Justice3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
SOC 250Research Methods I3.0
MATH 121
or 101
Calculus I
Introduction to Analysis I
4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
CJ 276Introduction to Computer Crime3.0
SOC 364Computer-Assisted Data Analysis3.0
MATH 122
or 102
Calculus II
Introduction to Analysis II
4.0
English (ENGL) Course 200-level or Above 3.0
Other Social Science Elective*3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
CJ 375Criminal Procedure3.0
CJ 390CO-OP Integration in Criminology and Justice Studies3.0
COM 375 [WI] Grant Writing3.0
UNIV 101The Drexel Experience1.0
Fine Arts Elective 3.0
Free Elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
CJ 374Restorative Justice3.0
PSCI 329Theories of Justice3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
SOC 320Sociology of Deviant Behavior3.0
Other Social Science Elective*3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
SOC 460 [WI] Contemporary Social Theory3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Approaches to Intercultural Behavior 
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality 
Intercultural Communication 
Criminal Justice Specialization Courses*6.0
Free Elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
BLAW 342Criminal Law4.0
CJ 376Sentencing: The History, Necessity and Morality of Punishment in America3.0
PHIL 330Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice3.0
Other Social Science Elective*3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 11
Free Electives 6.0
Criminal Justice Specialization Courses*9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
CJ 400 [WI] Capstone in Criminology and Justice Policy3.0
Criminal Justice Specialization Course*3.0
Free Electives 5.0
Other Social Science Elective*3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 182.0

*

 See degree requirements.

 

Professional Experiences

Students will complete two professional placements. Some placements are paid and others are unpaid. The placements earn students academic credit while providing hands-on learning with criminal 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 interned and later worked full time at the Eastern State Penitentiary Historical Site and Museum. On the state level, interns 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 Dr. Hall in her CJ 206 course. Other students have interned at The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Alcohol, Tobacco & Fire Arms (ATF) and students have interned in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Honors Internship Program, a highly selective, nationally competitive program.

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. Students minoring in criminal justice are assumed to have already taken SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology.

Required Courses
CJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3.0
CJS 200Criminology3.0
SOC 320Sociology of Deviant Behavior3.0
CJS 360Juvenile Justice3.0
Criminal Justice Elective Courses
Category I
Select one of the following:3.0
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Intercultural Communication
Approaches to Intercultural Behavior
Category II
Select three of the following:9.0
Special Topics in Criminology and Justice Studies
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Ethnography of Communication
Journalists, the Courts, and the Law
Social Problems
Sociology of the Family
Introduction to Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Total Credits24.0

Courses

CJ 290 Crime and Public Policy 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on criminal justice and non-criminal justice policies used to combat crime. Students will use the most recent crime data and explanatory theories on crime to evaluate current policy. A multi-disciplinary approach will be used to develop new policies designed to have a long-lasting impact on crime.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CJ 400 [WI] Critical Issues in Criminal Justice 3.0 Credits

The capstone course will be open only to Criminal Justice Seniors. It will serve as an opportunity for them to demonstrate their cumulative learning to the major by looking on the most challenging issues in the field. Students, divided into groups, will research the topics, draft a report and present and defend it before an audience of Criminal Justice students. The knowledge and skills obtained through four years as a Criminal Justice major will be reflected in their work. This course will be a writing intensive course as multiple drafts of their thesis will be reviewed and critiqued before the final report is written and accepted. (Topic will reflect contemporary issues and one subject to choose.).

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CJ and classification is Senior.

CJ T180 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

CJ T280 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

CJ T380 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

CJ T480 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

Culture and Communication Faculty

Ronald Bishop, III, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Investigative reporting, sports journalism, journalism history, journalism sourcing patterns, textual narrative and ideological analysis, cultural history of fame.
Joan W. Blumberg, BA (Pennsylvania State University) Coordinator of the Publication Management Program. Instructor. Publishing, electronic publishing, publishing and communications, publishing and mass-media.
Robert J. Brulle, PhD (George Washington University). Professor. Environmental policy and politics, critical theory, marine risk, social movements, environmental sociology.
Karen Cristiano, PhD (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Journalism, medical writing, feature writing, copy editing, mass media and society.
Robert D'Ovidio, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. The intersection of computer technology, crime, and the criminal justice system.
Daniela De Pau, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Assistant Teaching Professor. Italian cinema, relationship between literature, cinema and other arts, traveling literature, women writers, the tradition of the Comic and the tradition of the Fantastic, autobiography, politics of immigration, cultural identity in contemporary Italy.
Brenda Dyer, MA (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Teaching Professor. Language acquisition pedagogy, teaching writing, seventeenth and eighteenth century French literature, women writers, translation.
Mary Ebeling, PhD (University of Surrey). Associate Professor. Science and technology studies; emerging technologies and biocapital; media and democratic cultures; radical social movements; sociology of markets; political sociology; and ethnographic methodologies.
Paul Evangelista, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Public relations, communication theory, new technologies in communication (classroom and online); business communication.
Richard Forney Instructor. Broadcast journalism technology and the effects of new technologies on personal and corporate communication skills.
Alexander Friedlander, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University) Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences. Associate Professor. Rhetorical theory and practice, document design, writing and technology.
Anthony Glascock, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Coordinator of the Anthropology Program. Professor. Aging and health, definitions of functionality and impairment, technology and aging, social organization, Ireland, East Africa.
Ernest A. Hakanen, PhD (Temple University) Director of Culture & Communication Graduate Programs. Professor. Telecommunications policy, adolescent media use, communication theory and history, global media, and semiotics.
Julia Hall, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. Criminal justice and juvenile justice reform, including community based alternatives to incarceration, correctional education and programming, reentry and reintegration, restorative justice, and issues relating to special needs offenders, including the el
Barbara Jean Hoekje, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Director of English Language Center. Associate Professor. Sociolinguistic theory, discourse analysis, applied linguistics (language teaching, learning, and testing).
Barbara Hornum, PhD (Bryn Mawr College) Director of Center for Academic Excellence (DCAE). Associate Professor. Comparative gerontology, planned communities, continuing care communities, retirement, faculty development.
Robert J. Kane, PhD (Temple University) Director, Criminal Justice Program. Professor. Police authority and accountability; urban ecology and sociology; violence and public health; police strategies and practices.
Frank Kelley, PhD (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Corporate university systems online, power structure of media enterprises, public relations, event planning.
Emmanuel F. Koku, PhD (University of Toronto). Associate Professor. Social network analysis; qualitative/quantitative research; medical sociology; social epidemiology; social demography; sociology of development; communication and information technology; community and urban sociology.
David Kutzik, PhD (Temple University) Coordinator of the Sociology Program. Professor. Sociology and philosophy of science; applied gerontological research; political economy of health care; microprocessor-based assistive technologies to improve case management and increase independent living among frail populations.
Brent Luvaas, PhD (UCLA). Assistant Professor. DIY and independent media production; transnational consumer culture; popular music; new media and mediated subjectivities; youth culture in the US and Indonesia.
Joanna Lyskowicz, MA (UAM Poznan, Poland). Instructor. Comparative linguistics, translation, business Spanish, medical Spanish, modern Spanish literature, XXth cent. Spanish poetry, magical realism in Latin American literature.
Diamantino Machado, PhD (Temple University). Teaching Professor. Globalization, political economy, political sociology, philosophy of social science, postmodernism and social reflection.
Maria delaluz Matus-Mendoza, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. Spanish Linguistic variation in the US; the relationship between language variation and mobility (social and geographical) among the Mexican communities in Mexico and in the United States; second language acquisition; language variation in media.
Jack Maxwell, MS (Saint Joseph 's University). Teaching Professor. Criminal investigations, policing, police administration, domestic violence.
Jordan McClain, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Media framing and music journalism; relationship between television and music; American popular culture; celebrity, consumerism, and consumer behavior; branding, brand positioning, and advertising criticism.
Margaret McClure, PhD (University of California at Berkeley). Assistant Teaching Professor. Research methods, sociology of the family, deviance, military sociology.
Usha Menon, PhD (University of Chicago). Associate Professor. Self, identity & personhood, emotional functioning, Hindu morality, gender relations in Hindu society, adult development, popular Hinduism, post-colonial feminism, Hindu religious nationalism and Islamic radicalism.
Alexander Nikolaev, PhD (Florida State University). Associate Professor. Public relations, political communication, organizational communication, mass communication, international communications and negotiations, communications theory.
Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. French and francophone 20th and 21st century literature, culture and film. Representations of the Occupation (WWII); war; minorities in France; autobiography; feminist issues.
Rakhmiel Peltz, PhD (Columbia University, Linguistics; University of Pennsylvania, Biological Sciences) Director of Judaic Studies Program. Professor. Sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, social history of Yiddish language and culture, Yiddish culture of Eastern Europe, language planning, language and ethnic identity, language and group memory, aging and ethnicity, history of urban neighbors.
Douglas V. Porpora, PhD (Temple University). Professor. International political economy, culture, social theory, and philosophy of social science.
Robert Powell, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Early and Middle Bronze Age Crete; archaeoastronomy; early state formation; archaeology and anthropology of frontiers; mass communication.
Devon Powers, PhD (New York University). Assistant Professor. Popular music, cultural intermediaries, promotional culture, 20th-century history, journalism studies.
Rachel R. Reynolds, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago). Associate Professor. Sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, intercultural communication, globalization and the rhetoric of community, political economy of immigration, race and ethnicity, new African immigrants in the United States, Igbo studies.
Cynthia Reed Rickards, MS (St. Joesph's University) Criminal Justice Program. Assistant Teaching Professor. On-line pedagogy; service-learning pedagogy; juvenile justice; domestic violence.
David Ridgway, MS (St. Joseph's University). Instructor. Deviant behaviors, social problems.
Rosemary Rys, MA (Glassboro State College (now Rowan University)). Instructor. Public relations and marketing.
Simone Schlichting-Artur, EdD (University of Pennsylvania) Assistant Department Head, Culture and Communication. Teaching Professor. International business communication (Germany and the U.S.), public health policy and languages, German post-war history through film and literature, development of writing assessment tools for German minor.
Mimi Sheller, PhD (New School for Social Research) Director of the Mobilities Research and Policy Center at Drexel University. Professor. Sustainable mobility and mobility justice: new cultures and infrastructures of travel, transport, mobile communication, and urbanism; Caribbean Studies: history, culture and political theory of the region, including intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class.
Natsumi Shor Assistant Teaching Professor. Business and professional Japanese; Japanese film and culture; interrelation between Japanese language to the nation’s culture and thought.
Wesley Shumar, PhD (Temple University) Department Head, Culture and Communication. Professor. Ethnography of cyberspace, online learning communities, political economy of higher education, globalization, activity theory, semiotics, critical realism, psychoanalysis, identity and the self.
Diane Sicotte, PhD (Arizona State University). Associate Professor. Sociology of environmental injustice: inequalities in the citing of environmental hazards; community-based research in neighborhoods dealing with industrial hazards; sociology of the environment; urban sociology; social inequalities.
Lawrence Souder, PhD (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Science and technical writing, communication ethics.
Allan Stegeman, MA (University of Houston) Coordinator of the Communication Program. Teaching Professor. Communication, technology and mass media, video.
Judith Storniolo, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Teaching Professor. Historical and comparative linguistics, Mesoamerican languages and culture, applied anthropology, public policy, oral traditions and narratives, ideology and ritual, Mesoamerican ethnohistory; and pre-Columbian literature.
Asta Zelenkauskaite, PhD (Indiana University). Assistant Professor. Social media; user-generated content; computer-mediated communication; interactivity; active audience analysis; mobile communication; gender and online identity; prosumer culture; internet of things; quantitative/qualitative research.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Tony H. Grubesic, PhD (The Ohio State University) Director of the Center for Spatial Analytics and Geocomputation (CSAG). Professor. Geographic information science, spatial analysis, development, telecommunication policy, location modeling.
Michelle Sahl, PhD, MEd, MBA, MBE (The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia). Associate Teaching Professor. Health management and policy: management and leadership of health services organizations, urban health, and the history of health care systems.
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