The study of crime, criminality, and criminal justice systems continues to draw interest from a wide audience. All levels of government, academicians, private research firms, and interest groups engage in the quantitative analysis of crime and criminal justice systems data. The analysts in these various groups need not possess a terminal degree in mathematics or statistics. The federal government, for example, routinely advertises employment opportunities for statisticians with positions that carry the requirement of the completion of a bachelor’s degree in a social science, such as criminology, along with 15 credit hours of course work in statistics or mathematics and 9 additional credit hours in the social sciences. Students who satisfy the requirements of the proposed minor will have earned a total of 32 credit hours in statistics and criminology. Through this proposed minor, students that pursue a graduate-level education in criminology will have earned preparation in applied statistical analysis exceeding that currently being offered in the typical Master’s program in criminology. Professional organizations and federal agencies are supporting synergistic activities between statisticians and criminologists; the American Statistical Association (ASA) in conjunction with the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), for example, has an ongoing research solicitation for the analysis of archived data.
- Develop quantitative analytical decision-making skills using various archived data sources on crime and criminal justice systems.
- Acquire the skills to critically employ applied multiple regression analyses, applied multivariate analyses, data mining, and operations research for problem solving in criminology and criminal justice systems.
- Provide training in data management and analysis through the use of various statistical software packages.
- Acquire the skills to develop an empirical quantitative research manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal in criminology.
To enter the minor, the student must satisfy the following prerequisites:
- One semester of Calculus (MAT 125 or MAT 127)
- One semester of Statistics (STA 215)
- One semester of Criminology (CRI 205); students completing the minor will not be required to complete CRI 100 as the prerequisite for CRI 205.
TCNJ Policy: 5 courses required for a Minor, only one of which can double-count.
Courses for the Minor
The courses for the minor are organized into two groups (Group A and Group B).
STA 303 (Design of Experiments)
STA 305 (Regression Analysis)
STA 306 (Applied Multivariate Analysis)
STA 307 (Data Mining and Predictive Modeling)
STA 318 (Operations Research)
CRI 306 (Research Methods)
CRI 350 (Advanced Criminology: Juvenile Delinquency and Justice)
CRI 351 (Advanced Criminology: Comparative Criminology)
CRI 352 (Advanced Criminology: Race and Crime)
CRI 498 (Senior Capstone in Policy Analysis)
Students will be able to double-count STA 305 since this is required in the Statistics major. They will then take four courses from the five in Group B.
Students will be required to take the sequence MAT 125 and STA 215 to enable them to meet the prerequisites above. Students will be able to double-count one of the Advanced Criminology courses from Group B (i.e., 350,351, or 352). Students will then take 4 courses from Group A.
Students must choose at least two courses from both Groups A and B, and five courses in total.
Selections from Groups A and B as advised by the Dept. of Criminology and by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.