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Criminology at Ryerson

The Criminology program at Ryerson examines the key players and institutions that affect, and are affected by, the justice system and other institutions of regulation. We seek to understand the balancing of the interests of victims, offenders, the public, and politicians along with concerns about human rights and social justice. This makes the field of criminology incredibly dynamic and ever-changing and is reflected in our curriculum. You will learn about the operation of the criminal justice system, the professionals that work within the system, and the various stakeholders that are involved. The ability to think critically about issues in criminology and the substantive knowledge you will acquire, will prepare you for work in criminal justice related fields as well as postgraduate education. Read More


    • Emily van der Meulen
    • Department: “I really encourage my students to get involved with the Law Centre and attend the various talks and activities. The Interns' Circle is an excellent ways for them to learn about legal issues and to help organize events on campus."
      Areas of Expertise: Department of Criminology
    • Jona Zyfi
    • Department: Congratulations Jona Zyfi winner of the the Ryerson Gold Medal for the Faculty of Arts and the Board of Governors Leadership Award and Medal.
      Phone: Criminology
    • Mathew J. Bukovac
    • Department: Munira Abukar is a first-year Criminology major who will have a front-row seat as Mayor Rob Ford and his allies overhaul the troubled Toronto Community Housing Corp.
      Phone: Criminology
    • Christopher Babcock-Rimore
    • Department: Christopher Babcock-Rimore is a Criminology alum who found himself sharing a performance bill with the likes of Avicii, Skrillex and David Guetta this July after winning a competition hosted by an online trance music forum.
      Phone: Criminology
    • Shane Vitaly Foran
    • Department: Brandon graduated in 2014 with a degree in criminology. He is currently pursuing an MA in communication and culture at Ryerson University and studies critical and cultural criminology. Brandon hopes to continue his studies in critical/cultural criminology and pursue a PhD.
      Phone: Criminology
    • Department: In the spring 2014, Dr. Idil Atak along with Dr. Graham Hudson and Dr. Delphine Nakache (School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa) were awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant for their research entitled “Securitization of migration and asylum in Canada: A comparative analysis of policy consequences and human rights impact".
      Areas of Expertise: Department of Criminology
    • Department: Dr. Emily van der Meulen was Principal Investigator of one of the first studies ever to focus exclusively on women and their experiences with closed circuit television (CCTV).
      Areas of Expertise: Department of Criminology