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 Helps The New York Times Interpret F.B.I. Crime Data

September 28, 2016

The New York Times reports that crime in the U.S. continues an overall downward...

Richard Berk Testifies for City Council's Hearing on Criminal Justice Reform

September 12, 2016

Philadelphia's City Council Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform had a...

Assistant Professor Position Open in the Department

August 17, 2016

Position Description: The Department of Criminology at the University of...