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

November 15, 2016

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

John MacDonald Elected Fellow of the ASC Academy of Experimental Criminology

November 9, 2016

The Academy of Experimental Criminology recognizes scholars who have...

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...