Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Justice Studies - Criminology and Justice Policy Concentration Program By Drexel University |Top Universities

Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Justice Studies - Criminology and Justice Policy Concentration

Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Justice Studies - Criminology and Justice Policy Concentration

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Duration 48 months
The Criminology and Justice Policy (C and JP) concentration grounds students in criminological theory and crime policy, as well as justice analytics, to help them identify, describe and respond to current and emerging crime and security problems. A key goal of any rational crime policy is to maximize its benefits. i.e., reduce crime - while limiting its social costs, such as mass-incarceration, racial disparities and violent backlashes. Through that lens, C and JP students work with geo-tagged social media transmissions, crime and police calls for service data, and other sources of information to identify and explain crime trends, ”hotspots” and “cold spots” across given geographies. Students put theory to use as they learn to generate and test research hypotheses related to crime and justice policy outcomes. THE CURRICULUM Through community-based learning (a core value of the program), we offer students the unique opportunity to experience criminology and justice education from the perspectives of those most affected by the criminal justice system: One required course is taught in an active jail; another is taught in a local community service organization. Recognizing the global nature of crime and justice issues, we require one course on international justice systems and two globally themed courses outside the program; we also encourage all students to participate in at least one faculty-led study abroad program, during which students explore various justice-related themes (examples of recent trips: The Legacy of Nazi Policing and Cold War Justice in Munich and Prague; The Roots of Common Law Justice in London). The Criminology and Justice Policy concentration reserves 31 free electives so students can earn a minor outside of the department. Students interested in intelligence/security-related careers should consider minoring in a language. Visit Drexel's Modern Languages program webpage for a list of language minors. Key Courses in this Concentration: Communities and Crime Comparative Justice Systems Crime and Public Policy Crime and the City Crime Mapping Using Geographic Information Systems (lab course) Criminal Procedure Death Penalty – An American Dilemma Environmental Crimes Intelligence-Led Decision Making (lab course) Justice in Our Community (taught at a local social service agency with community members as classmates) Prison, Society and You (taught inside a prison with soon-to-be-released inmates as classmates) Program Evaluation Race, Crime and Justice Restorative Justice