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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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Free Download: Dr. MacDonald On Tree Loss Increasing Crime

July 18, 2016

This recent study by Dr. John MacDonald finds that tree loss caused by the...

How Fat is the Average Fatty? Ridgeway Weighs Joints

July 18, 2016

Dr. Greg Ridgeway helped write a study with the RAND Drug Policy Research...

Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial on Berk's Algorithm Use in Parole Department

July 11, 2016

Does a computer algorithm demonstrate less bias than a human judge in granting...