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.


Richard Berk Talks Big Data at Penn's Science Cafe

March 23, 2017

At Tuesday's Penn Science Cafe lecture at WXPN's World Cafe Live, Richard Berk...

Adrian Raine Links Teenage Drowsiness to Adult Criminal Activity

March 1, 2017

Dr. Adrian Raine's study on drowsiness in teenagers in the UK, which found that...

WHYY Debate: Richard Berk and Paul Hetnecker on crime predictor algorithms in criminal justice

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WHYY invited Dr. Berk of Penn Criminology to talk about using crime predictor...