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Department of Criminology & Justice Studies

The Department of Criminology and Justice Studies at Drexel University features hands-on career experience, community-based courses, and one of the only curriculums in the U.S. to integrate crime mapping, hot-spotting and intelligence analysis.

How did the War on Drugs of the '80s and '90s impact urban communities, from street-corner dealing and violence, to overall community health? 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? Finally, how is “big data” used by justice, intelligence or private organizations to identify social networks, assess risk, and make decisions about crime policy and resource deployment? Drexel University's Department of Criminology and Justice Studies empowers students to address these and other issues of crime and justice policy.

We offer three concentrations — Criminology and Justice Policy, Justice Informatics and Criminal Justice. Each area offers students foundational knowledge and the tools of the discipline, while allowing them to specialize in their area of interest.

The Drexel Co-Op

Through Drexel's renowned cooperative education program, students experience six-months of full-time employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their résumés and building a professional network in the process.

The Department offers a four-year, one co-op option; and a four-year, no co-op option. However, we strongly encourage students to take advantage of the co-op program.

Learn more about the Drexel Co-Op Program

Community based Learning

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a range of community-based learning courses that allow students to immerse themselves in course material and learn side-by-side with community partners. To explore justice in America, we take our students straight to the source; we offer two of our core courses in community settings — one of which (Prison, Society and You) is taught in a local prison.

See Available Community-based Learning Classes

student Shoval Dorani
“…[W]hen you go into a correctional facility and hear the experiences of those who have been incarcerated, you realize these are smart people. Hearing their perspectives made me see a whole different side of the criminal justice system, its issues and how deeply flawed it is.” Shoval DoraniBS criminology & justice studies ‘17

Recent News

  • Jordan Hyatt, JD, PhD Breaking the Cycle It is one of our nation’s most pressing and persistent public health crises. It is responsible for more than 25,000 deaths each year nationwide, and as many as 3,500 annually in Pennsylvania alone. It reaches from the inner cities to wealthy suburbs and out into the countryside, and its recent growth has been described by officials at the Centers for Disease Control as “unprecedented.”
  • student working at chalkboard Winter Courses Students have two great opportunities to travel to Europe over winter break in intensive courses abroad! Stateside, students can explore how they can curtail our global sustainability crisis, get down with the greatest postmodernist philosophers, or travel through time charting a path through the global history of empires and science.
  • Credibility On Camera A Drexel professor will evaluate a new body camera initiative launched by Philadelphia’s transit agency meant to reduce crime and improve officer-citizen relationships.
  • New Spring Courses Students will lead fiction writing exercises with patients at CHOP, discover the therapeutic potential of philosophy, and learn about the millions of species of insects that co-inhabit our planet — for better or worse — in these spring courses!

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Admissions

Kelly McShay

Kelly McShay

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.571.4536 | kam825@drexel.edu

Undergraduate Advising

Mica Storer

Mica Storer

Academic Adviser
3401 Market Street, 110-H
215.571.4628 | mls46@drexel.edu

Contact Us

Department of Criminology & Justice Studies

3401 Market Street, Suite 110
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.571.4628 | mls46@drexel.edu