Criminology is centered on the scientific study of the causes and prevention of criminal behavior and the functioning of criminal justice institutions. It draws on a wide range of academic disciplines and research traditions including both the social and natural sciences. At the University of Pennsylvania, a heavy emphasis is placed on research applications to pressing policy concerns drawing substantially on research methods from statistics and computer science. The department offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in Criminology, a unique M.S degree in which research and practitioner content are combined, and a research-centered Ph.D. program for a small number of talented graduate students.


Dr. Berk's study on domestic violence featured in The Daily Pennsylvanian

March 17, 2016

"Social policy professor Susan B. Sorenson of social policy and...

Dr. Heller's Chicago jobs study subject of New York Times editorial

March 14, 2016

"Young black men who live in segregated, hollowed-out areas of America’s cities...

Dr. MacDonald named Jerry Lee Lecturer at the Stockholm Symposium

March 4, 2016

John MacDonald will give the Jerry Lee Lecture at this year's The Stockholm...