What is criminology?

  • (noun): The scientific study of crime and criminal behavior and law enforcement.


Criminology (from Latin crīmen, "accusation"; and Greek -λογία, -logia) is the scientific study of the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behavior in both the individual and in society. Criminology is an interdisciplinary field in the behavioral sciences, drawing especially upon the research of sociologists (particularly in the sociology of deviance), psychologists and psychiatrists, social anthropologists as well as on writings in law.

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Computational Forensics - Areas of Usage
... Computational criminology is interdisciplinary in the sense that both criminologists and computing scientists work together to ensure that computational models properly match their ... Areas of criminology for which computational approaches are being used include Environmental Criminology Identity Theft Justice ...
Criminology - Subtopics
... Areas of study in criminology include Comparative criminology, which is the study of the social phenomenon of crime across cultures, to identify differences and similarities in crime patterns ...
Lawrence W. Sherman
... of "evidence-based policing." Since 2007 he has been the Wolfson Professor of Criminology and from 2012 the Director of the Cambridge Institute of Criminology at ... appointed Distinguished University Professor in 1998 at the University of Maryland's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in College Park ... justice, police practices and experimental criminology ...
Lawrence W. Sherman - Awards and Honors
... and awards for his work in the field of criminology and criminal justice ... In 1998 he became the Founding President of the Academy of Experimental Criminology and in 1999 was elected a fellow of the Academy ... Joan McCord Award for Outstanding Contributions to Experimental Criminology ...