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: 21-0000

Justice Studies Concentration

The Justice Studies concentration begins with the fundamental assertion that crime and crime policy are generally interconnected with social, economic, health, and environmental risk factors in ways that extend beyond the traditional criminal justice system. The Justice Studies concentration recognizes that housing policy is crime policy; that health policy is crime policy; that environmental policy is crime policy, and so on. Thus, while the other Criminology and Justice Studies concentrations focus largely on crime, criminology, crime science and analysis, Justice Studies more thoroughly considers issues of justice, fairness, and due process across a range of domains, groups, and places that are frequently—but not always—directly related to crime.

With emphases on engaged learning, co-curricular opportunities, data-driven problem-solving, study abroad, and cooperative education, the Justice Studies concentration both educates and gives students the tools needed to practice “justice” in a myriad of settings from the global to the hyper-local.

Degree Requirements (Justice Studies Concentration)

ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
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 Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
English Elective (any ENGL course over 200-level)3.0
Fine Arts Elective3.0
History Elective4.0
Math Sequence
Take any two Math courses6.0-8.0
Science Sequence
Take any two Science courses with a lab from any combination of BEES, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics8.0
Core Requirements
CJS 100Freshman Seminar in Crime and Justice3.0
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
Global Perspectives
Any course across the university whose descriptions are global and/or comparative6.0
Methods and Analytics Sequence
CJS 250Research Methods & Analytics I3.0
CJS 300Research Methods and Analytics II3.0
CJS 301Methods and Analytics III4.0
CJS 302Advanced Criminological Theorizing3.0
CJS 320Comparative Justice Systems3.0
CJS 330Crime Mapping I Using Geographic Information Systems4.0
CJS 331Crime Mapping II Using Geographic Information Systems4.0
CJS 400Capstone in Criminology and Justice Policy3.0
Justice Studies Thematic Concentration
CJS 262Places of Justice3.0
CJS 303Applications of Justice3.0
CJS 304Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System3.0
CJS 263Crime, Violence, and Climate Change3.0
Justice Studies Program Electives17.0
Students must take 17 credits of Justice Studies program electives, selecting any combination of courses from the following list*: *Other courses are feasible upon approval from the Program Director
Human Past: Anthropology and Prehistoric Archeology
Language, Culture & Cognition
Introduction to World Religions
Topics in World Ethnography
Anthropology of Gender
Principles and Methods of Art History
Urban Anthropology
Twentieth Century American Art
Contemporary Art
African-American Art
Public Relations Principles and Theory
Communication for Civic Engagement
Theory and Models of Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Behavioral Economics
Introduction to Environmental Studies
Sociology of the Environment
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Introduction to Urban Planning
Cities and Sustainability
Environmental Justice
Global Climate Change
Leading Start-Ups
Building Entrepreneurial Teams
Mindfulness & Wellbeing
Social Entrepreneurship
Diversity Entrepreneurship
Organizational Development and Change for Corporate Entrepreneurs
An Entrepreneur's Introduction to Land: Its Essence, Ethics, and Opportunity
Introduction to Global Capital and Development
Introduction to Identities and Communities
Introduction to Power and Resistance
Introduction to Global Media, Arts, and Cultures
Introduction to Global Health and Sustainability
Introduction to Social Psychology
Death and Dying
Psychology of Sexual Behavior
Psychology of Hate
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Wealth and Power
Sociology of the Family
Sociology of Health and Illness
Urban Sociology
Sociology of the Environment
Social Networks and Health
Housing and Homelessness
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Introduction to Feminisms
Women & Human Rights Worldwide
Women and Society in a Global Context
Women's Health and Human Rights
Free Electives31.0
Total Credits183.0-185.0

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 Program. 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.

Sample Plan of Study (Justice Studies Concentration)

First Year
CJS 1003.0CJS 2604.0ANTH 1013.0VACATION
CJS 1013.0COM 1503.0CIVC 1011.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CJS 2003.0 
UNIV H1011.0PHIL 1013.0CJS 2613.0 
Math Sequence3.0-4.0Math Sequence3.0-4.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
  PSCI 1004.0 
 13-14 16-17 17 0
Second Year
CJS 2103.0CJS 2623.0CJS 2633.0CJS 2203.0
CJS 2503.0CJS 3003.0CJS 3014.0History Elective4.0
COOP 1011.0SOC 1013.0CJS 3203.0English 200+3.0
PSY 1013.0Science Sequence4.0Fine Arts Elective3.0Global Perspectives3.0
Science Sequence4.0Free Elective3.0Free Elective3.0Free Elective3.0
Justice Studies Program Elective3.0   
 17 16 16 16
Third Year
CJS 3033.0CJS 3314.0  
CJS 3304.0Justice Studies Program Elective3.0  
PHIL 3303.0Global Perspectives3.0  
Free Elective3.0Free Elective3.0  
 16 16 0 0
Fourth Year
CJS 3753.0CJS 3023.0CJS 4003.0 
Justice Studies Program Electives7.0CJS 3763.0Free Electives10.0 
Free Elective3.0UNIV H2011.0  
 Justice Studies Program Elective4.0  
 Free Elective3.0  
 13 14 13 
Total Credits 183-185

Criminology and Justice Studies Faculty

Robert D'Ovidio, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. The intersection of computer technology, crime, and the criminal justice system; criminological theory; surveillance; and digital forensics.
Ashley Dickinson, PhD, MPH (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). Associate Teaching Professor. Offender rehabilitation; capital punishment; LGBTQ+ community (criminal behavior and victimization); crime and health.
Jordan Hyatt, PhD, JD (University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University School of Law). Associate Professor. Community corrections; drug treatment; homelessness; probation/parole; re-entry; risk assessment; sentencing.
Shannon K. Jacobsen, PhD (Rutgers University). Assistant Professor. Gender, crime and victimization; fear of crime and perceptions of risk; campus crime; public safety; communities and crime; social inequalities; mixed methods research
Robert J. Kane, PhD (Temple University) Department Head. Professor. Police authority and accountability; urban ecology and sociology; violence and public health; police strategies and practices.
Kathleen Powell, PhD (Rutgers University). Post-Doctoral Fellow. Crime, punishment, and the life course; the intersection of health and justice system involvement; legal financial obligations; correctional interventions.
Cyndi Rickards, EdD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Director of Justice Studies. Issues of mass incarceration, community-engaged scholarship, intersection of mental health and the CJ system, the criminal justice system and the lived experience.
Kristene Unsworth, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Teaching Professor. Information science, policy and ethics, critical discourse analysis and qualitative methodology.
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