Criminology and Justice Studies
About the Program
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 -- one in Criminology and Justice Policy, one in Justice Informatics, and one in 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.
Please click the links below to explore the degree concentrations in Criminology and Justice Studies.
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.
|CJS 101||Introduction to Criminal Justice||3.0|
|CJS 210||Race, Crime, and Justice||3.0|
|CJS 220||Crime and the City||3.0|
|Criminal Justice Elective Courses|
|Select 12 credits from the following:||12.0|
|Justice in Our Community|
|Prison, Society and You|
|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|
|Crime and Public Policy|
|International Field Experience|
|Advanced Criminological Theorizing|
|Comparative Justice Systems|
|Crime Mapping Using Geographic Information Systems|
|Gender, Crime, and Justice|
|Computer Investigations and the Law|
|Technology and the Justice System|
|Forensic Science Survey Course|
|Death Penalty - An American Dilemma|
|Intellectual Property Theft in the Digital Age|
|Science of Forensic Science|
|Forensic DNA Analysis|
|Special Topics in Criminology and Justice Studies|