Welcome to Criminal Justice
Responding to and understanding the causes of criminal behavior are major preoccupations of society - and the pursuit of justice has never been more complex or challenging. Whether we are trying to balance the rights of victims and offenders, create just laws, or protect communities, we often look to the criminal justice system for solutions.
Criminal Justice is both the machinery of justice - the police, the criminal courts, and prison systems - as well as the individuals, organizations, social values and legal systems that shape it.
Our BA in Criminal Justice focuses on the criminal justice system and its relationships with individuals (as victims and/or offenders), professionals (prosecutors, police officers, youth workers), and communities. You'll learn about central issues facing the system, why some issues are so controversial, as well as some of the innovative and creative changes which are possible in handing down justice.
Social Sciences Illuminate our World
Criminal Justice is one of four innovative social science programs at Ryerson. In fact, Criminal Justice shares a common two-year foundation with the new programs in Politics and Governance, Psychology, and Sociology. In all four programs, your first and second years offer basic knowledge of theories, methods, and practices of a broad range of social sciences. This approach allows you to explore a wide range of subjects and a gain a broad perspective in the field. If you are undecided which program best matches your interests and career goals, you can explore each program area before choosing the focus that is right for you. Or, if you do choose one program and wish to change your mind, you may apply to transfer to one of the other three programs.
Students who are admitted into the Bachelor of Arts without declaring a program choice must seek admission to one of Criminal Justice, Politics and Governance, Psychology, or Sociology. No student can remain Undeclared past fourth semester.