The Crime Analysis program is an interdisciplinary degree option that offers extensive training in research and analytics used in the field of crime and intelligence analysis. To accomplish this objective, this professional degree program interweaves curriculum from three departments—Criminal Justice, Geography and Environmental Studies, and Information and Decision Sciences.
The program offers students two options. Students may opt to complete a technical proficiency in Geographic Information Sciences with mapping courses offered through the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, or students may choose to do a technical proficiency in Cyber Security by taking a set of courses offered through the Department of Information and Decision Sciences.
Whether students specialize in the spatial analysis of crime or cyber security, they are all exposed to the network analysis, opportunity and situationally-based crime prevention techniques, and problem-oriented approaches to controlling crime.
Courses are offered primarily in lab or classroom environments. Instruction involves practical hands-on activities to develop professional skills and build résumés. Students are required to complete at least one internship or independent study.
Program Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Crime Analysis program, students will have:
- Acquired an ability to define specific crime problems and conduct analysis to identify causal and contributory factors.
- Developed the ability to apply analytic techniques from different sciences to examine information about crime problems in support of pattern detection and problem solving.
- Demonstrable data management skills and knowledge of different methods of data collection and data mining, as well as the ability to use data to value, structure, and select evidence-based crime intervention programs.
- Acquired an ability to share findings with the public, organizational managers, and with peers in an academic or analytic-practitioner setting.
The Department of Criminal Justice has a highly qualified faculty that is nationally recognized. They received doctorates from the most prestigious programs in the field and they consistently publish in leading journals reporting on cutting-edge research. We also work with a number of criminal justice agencies in the region and nationally including the Riverside Probation Department, San Bernardino Probation Department, San Bernardino Police Department, Ontario Police Department, Fontana Police Department, Colton Police Department, Palm Springs Police Department, and San Bernardino County Police Chiefs and Sheriffs’ Association. Additionally, the department operates two research centers: the Criminal Justice Research Center and the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
Examples of Student Projects
The Crime Analysis degree option provides students with many opportunities to work with real crime data, engage in problem solving to help local agencies deal with crime issues, and develop marketable skills. Please explore the links below to see what students learn to do in this major.