Criminology Club at the University of South Florida

Criminology Club @ USF is a unique undergraduate student organization which aims to expose and engage students in current issues relating to crime, criminal behavior, the legal system, and law enforcement. Criminology Club does not have any prerequisites in terms of major, GPA, or class standing. The only requirement to join is an interest in criminology!

To achieve our goal of educating and bringing together students of a variety of majors and backgrounds who share a passion to learn more about crime and the criminal justice system, Criminology Club routinely hosts events that showcase a key area of interest to students, and allows students to meet the practitioners and academics on the front lines addressing these issues. We also host events to raise awareness for key topics of interest for other members of the USF student body.

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Summary and photos from previous Criminology Club events:

During the 2016-2017 academic year, Criminology Club hosted events where USF professors Dr. Bryanna Fox and Dr. John Cochran spoke about their research on psychopathy and the death penalty. Criminology Club has also hosted talks on human trafficking, using documentaries such as "Fields of Mudan" to convey the severity of the issue, and pop culture depiction of serial killers using a classic film, "Hannibal".

Criminology Club also hosted a number of large events such as "Coffee with a Cop", an event designed for students to connect and discuss questions with a variety of law enforcement officers, including detectives, sergeants, officers and deputies from Tampa Police Department, Pasco Sheriff's Office, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, as well as former DEA and FBI special agents and State Troopers, in a fun and welcoming environment. This gave students the unique opportunity to discuss experiences this impressive group of individuals had, and helping to close the gap between law enforcement officers and the community.

"Coffee with a Cop"
"Fire Fighter Tour"

Our largest event to date was the death penalty talk. This event first began when Criminology Club began raising money through bake sale to bring USF Mr. Juan Melendez, a man who spent 17 years on death row for a crime he never committed. This event was packed with media, criminology students and simply students who wanted to hear what this man had experienced. This event gave the students time to ask Melendez what his life was in the death penalty environment as well as what led him to be the person he is now, an advocate against the death penalty.

"Juan Melendez Event"