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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.

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Dr. Heller's Chicago jobs study cited in Washington Post

February 4, 2016

Quoting acting education secretary John B. King, in an article about a federal...

Dr. Berk discusses A.I. on "Codebreaker"

December 17, 2015

Richard Berk was interviewed on the fifth episode of “Codebreaker” by the...

Dr. Loeffler's Research on Age of Majority and Recidivism in NYT's Room for Debate

December 14, 2015

Click here for The New York Times' Room for Debate post. This longitudinal...