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Innovative Curriculum, Forward-Thinking Faculty

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

Department of Criminology & Justice Studies

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” being 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.

With our three concentrations: Criminology and Justice Policy, Justice Informatics and Criminal Justice; we provide students with foundational knowledge and tools of the discipline, while allowing them to specialize in different areas of interest within the discipline.

Criminology Research

Faculty Research Areas

  • Urban Drug Markets
  • Computers & Crime
  • Crime, Justice & Social Media
  • Technology & Policing
  • Violence & Urban Health
  • Diversion, Recidivism & Probation
  • Police Authority & Accountability
  • Spatial Distribution of Crime

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Through Drexel's renowned cooperative education program, students embark on up to three, six-month periods of full-time employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their resumes and building a professional network in the process.

The Department of Criminology and Justice Studies offers two options for students: A four-year, one co-op option; and a four-year no Co-op option. While both options exist, we encourage students to take advantage of the co-op program.

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Featured Faculty

Faculty Directory
Cyndi Rickards

Cyndi Rickards, EdD

based Learning

Robert Kane, PhD

Robert Kane, PhD

Police Authority & Accountability

Lallen Johnson, PhD

Lallen Johnson, PhD

Drugs & Violence

Rob D'Ovidio, PhD

Robert D'Ovidio, PhD

Computer & High Tech Crime

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Department of Criminology & Justice Studies
3401 Market Street, Suite 110 | Philadelphia, PA 19104

215.571.4628 |