Overview of Criminology Program

What will a major in criminology prepare you to do? The liberal arts flavor of our criminology program will prepare you to write and communicate well, develop analytical and problem-solving skills, and other abilities which graduate schools and employers value.

You could build a career as a juvenile court caseworker or probation officer, or working with kids at risk. Crime prevention agencies attempt to develop and implement programs for families, schools and communities designed to reduce crime, and your skills would be a valuable asset in these efforts. If you feel strongly about making a difference, then hands-on work in a teen runaway shelter or domestic violence shelter may be appealing to you.

The Department encourages students to participate in the internship program through which students earn credit while working at community agencies (e.g. People’s Emergency Center, Catholic Social Services), criminal justice agencies (e.g. Philadelphia DA’s Office, Del. Co. Probation Dept.), or other agencies specific to their interests.

Specific Objectives:

1.1 Students will understand the socio-political nature of defining certain acts as criminal.

1.2 Students will gain familiarity with current and historical trends in crime.

1.3 Students will learn about the important correlates of crime.

 

 

Specific Objectives:

2.1 Students will gain a strong grasp of classical and contemporary criminological theories.

2.2 Students will compare and contrast the different theoretical perspectives.

2.3 Students will apply the theories to comprehend crime and crime control efforts.

Specific Objectives:

3.1 Students will successfully design a research project.

3.2 Students will critically assess published research.

3.3 Students will develop theoretically informed hypotheses.

3.4 Students will test and analyze data.

3.5 Students will produce a comprehensive paper reporting their own research findings.

3.6 Students will become aware of ethical concerns related to the conduct of research.

Specific Objectives

4.1 Students will acquire detailed knowledge of police, courts and punishment.

4.2 Students will comprehend the influence of race, class, gender and other social categories on how the criminal justice system operates.

4.3 Students will compare and analyze criminal justice systems across cultures and geographies.

4.4 Students will compare and analyze criminal justice systems across historical periods.

Specific Objectives:

5.1 Students will evaluate the importance of variation in criminal justice processes and outcomes by race, class, gender and other relevant social categories.

5.2 Students will compare and analyze criminal justice policies across cultures and geographies.

5.3 Students will compare and analyze criminal justice policies across historical periods.

 

Specific Objectives:

6.1 Students can convey their criminological knowledge in writing to a range of audiences, including the research community, policy makers and the general public.

6.2 Students can convey their criminological knowledge orally to a range of audiences, including the research community, policy makers and the general public.