Criminology and Justice Studies

Major: Criminology and Justice Studies
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 183.0
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 Program of Criminology and Justice Studies and serves as the "generalist" concentration for the program. Specifically, 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 a traditional criminal justice education. Because the Criminal Justice concentration reserves 41.0 credits of free electives, it is the most flexible of the three concentrations, allowing students, for example, to relatively easily double major, or to take on a minor while still reserving enough free credit for other courses of interest outside the program. 

Despite that the CJ concentration is the least analytically demanding of the three concentrations, it still offers the community-based learning and global perspective of 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 and Cold War Justice in Munich and Prague and 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 edges of Drexel's core value of global citizenship. 

Criminal Justice Concentration

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
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
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
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 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
CJS 374Restorative 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 Using Geographic Information Systems
Intelligence-Led Decision-Making
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
Theories of Justice
Free Electives42.0
Total Credits182.0-184.0
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Criminal Justice Concentration

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
CJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Science sequence course4.0
 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
CJS 260Justice in Our Community4.0
Science sequence course4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
CJS 200Criminology3.0
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PSCI 100Introduction to Political Science4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
CJS 261Prison, Society and You 3.0
 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
CJS 3603.0
CJS Course3.0
Free Elective3.0
Math Sequence3.0-4.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 6
CJS 266Crime Prevention Planning3.0
Math Sequence3.0-4.0
CJS Course3.0
CJS Course3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 7
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
Fine Arts Elective3.0
CJS Course3.0
Free Elective3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
CJS 290Crime and Public Policy3.0
CJS 220Crime and the City3.0
CJS 375Criminal Procedure3.0
Free Elective3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
CJS 376Sentencing3.0
CJS 280Communities and Crime3.0
CJS Course3.0
History Elective4.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
CJS 276Introduction to Computer Crime3.0
CJS 374Restorative Justice3.0
CJS Course3.0
English 200+3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
CJS 278Introduction to Law Enforcement3.0
CJS Course3.0
CJS Course3.0
Free Elective3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 12
CJS Course3.0
Free Elective3.0
Free Elective3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 182.0-184.0

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 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.
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
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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