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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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Assistant Professor Position Open in the Department

August 17, 2016

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

Bloomberg Technology weighs in on Berk's forecasting algorithms

July 25, 2016

Bloomberg profiled the work of Richard Berk, whose machine-learning...

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...