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The Department of Criminology provides focused study of regulation, policing, punishment, justice, law, delinquency and misbehaviour. The undergraduate program enables students to obtain a solid foundation in Criminology for further study at the graduate level, for the pursuit of Criminology-related disciplines, and for careers in related professions. The Criminology program offers undergraduate, honours and graduate degrees.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a well-established, foundational degree and requires the requirements listed below alongside general graduation requirements.
For admission to the program, students must have completed Exploring Criminology (CRIM 2110) and Canadian Criminal Justice System (CRIM 2304) with a minimum grade of B- in each course.
To major in Criminology, students must complete thirty-six (36) credit hours as follows:
Students may receive up to three (3) credit hours from Criminology-related courses taken outside of the Department of Criminology
The courses below form a partial list of CRIM approved courses for majors and honours students in CRIM. Other courses may be eligible for CRIM credit – please consult the CRIM chairperson. Please note that not all courses below are offered every year, and some courses have prerequisites.
This is a selective program. Applicants for admission must:
The deadline for application is the last Friday in March of the year before students wish to begin the honours program.
Applicants should provide a writing sample (150 words about the topic to be explored in the thesis and reasons for completing an honours degree) and application form (available from the Service Centre) to the Department Secretary on or before the deadline.
For honours in Criminology, students must complete sixty (60) credit hours as follows:
To graduate with honours, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 out of 4.3 in Criminology courses as well as earn a grade of B+ in Honours Thesis Writing (CRIM 4601).
For admission to the minor program, students must have completed Exploring Criminology (CRIM 2110) and Canadian Criminal Justice System (CRIM 2304) with a minimum grade of B- in each course.
The minor in criminology requires twenty-four (24) credit hours in criminology completed with a minimum grade point average of C. Required courses include:
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