Criminology and Justice Studies

About the Department

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, the use of tools and data to answer big questions about crime and justice while teaching students how to translate conceptual knowledge into the state of the art practice. With its three thematic concentrations -- Criminology and Justice Policy, Justice Informatics, and Criminal Justice -- the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies offers students many pathways through which to explore a curriculum that emphasizes learning beyond the classroom in urban, global, and experiential settings.

Please click the links below to explore the degree concentrations in Criminology and Justice Studies. 

Degree Concentrations

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.

Required Courses
CJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3.0
CJS 200Criminology3.0
CJS 210Race, Crime, and Justice 3.0
CJS 220Crime and the City3.0
Criminal Justice Elective Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12.0
Justice in Our Community
Prison, Society and You
Criminal Investigation
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 I Using Geographic Information Systems
Intelligence-Led Decision-Making
Juvenile Justice
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Community Corrections
Computer Investigations and the Law
Technology and the Justice System
Forensic Science Survey Course
Death Penalty - An American Dilemma
Restorative Justice
Criminal Procedure
Intellectual Property Theft in the Digital Age
Science of Forensic Science
Forensic DNA Analysis
Program Evaluation
Special Topics in Criminology and Justice Studies
Independent Study
Total Credits24.0

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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