The criminology program focuses on the study of why people commit crime, why crime rates vary geographically and historically, and how societies can respond to crime to prevent its destructive consequences.
Our faculty includes criminologists with expertise in a variety of areas, including the development and prevention of antisocial and criminal behavior, criminal justice policy and decision-making, and the societal response to crime. Faculty research has been published in such outlets as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Criminology and Public Policy, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Crime and Delinquency, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
Criminology students have the benefit of engaging with a distinguished faculty who are experts in their respective fields and are committed to preparing them to be leaders who may go on to influence society's responses to crime. Graduates of the program pursue opportunities in the fields of academia, research and analysis, law enforcement, corrections and counseling, among others.
The program houses a number of respected academic journals. Alex Piquero is Co-Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. John Worrall is editor of Police Quarterly. Nicole Leeper Piquero edits the Journal of Drug Issues.
Criminology faculty are also actively involved in research partnerships with a variety of agencies both within and outside the DFW area. The Center for Crime and Justice Studies provides a venue for faculty, graduate students, policy makers, and criminal justice practitioners to conduct scientific research on a variety of crime and justice issues. The Institute for Urban Policy Research, headed by Dr. Timothy Bray, helps Dallas area businesses, governments and nonprofits identify opportunities for investments, volunteer activities, philanthropic giving, and public policies that positively impact the economic condition of neighborhoods and the region.