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Through a computational lens: using dual computer-criminology degree programs to advance the study of criminology and criminal justice practice

Colby L Valentine1*, Carter Hay2, Kevin M Beaver2 and Thomas G Blomberg2

Author Affiliations

1 Dominican College, 470 Western Highway, Orangeburg, New York, 10962, USA

2 Florida State University, College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 634 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32306-1127, USA

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Security Informatics 2013, 2:2  doi:10.1186/2190-8532-2-2

Published: 16 January 2013

Abstract

Computational criminology seeks to address criminological and criminal justice problems through the use of applied mathematics, computer science, and criminology. The development of mathematical and computational methods along with the emergence of cyberspace demonstrates the need for innovative degree programs that focus on computational criminology. The purpose of this article is to highlight the significance of dual computer-criminology degree programs. The article first discuses two major shifts in the study of criminology: the facilitation of new methodologies and data techniques; and, the development of new types of crime and delinquency through advancements in computer technology. Next, the article describes the need for dual computer-criminology degree programs and employs Florida State University’s program as an example of what these programs offer aspiring criminologists. Finally, the article concludes with discussion of future plans for the Florida State University dual computer-criminology degree program that are applicable to other criminology programs both within the United States and also internationally.

Keywords:
Computer criminology; Degree program; Cyber crime; Florida State University