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Criminology and History Double Major

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Program Website: ryerson.ca/arts
Administered by: Department of Criminology & Department of History
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.

Students in one of the ten BA programs, and Undeclared Arts, can develop a secondary area of study by opting to pursue a double major in Criminology and History.

Students of Criminology and History will gain a greater appreciation of the structural, administrative, political and professional context of the criminal justice system and agencies associated it while exploring the complex relationships among cultures and peoples, political and legal systems, ideas and issues, over time and place.

Applicants interested in the double major program in Criminology and History must apply for admission to one of the ten major programs (Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology or Sociology), or to Undeclared Arts. Students are not admitted directly to a double major.

The Faculty of Arts accepts applications for transfer to a double major program in the second semester of studies. Approved transfer students commence studies in the double major program in second year.  Further details on the process will be provided by the Faculty of Arts during first semester.

Students of History and Criminology will gain a greater appreciation of the structural, administrative, political and professional context of the criminal justice system and agencies associated it while exploring the complex relationships among cultures and peoples, political and legal systems, ideas and issues, over time and place. Combining theoretical, historical, and critical thinking with opportunities for experiential learning, the Double Major encourages students to question assumptions underpinning administrative practice and policies and engage with and showcase their understanding of how to put knowledge into action in meaningful ways.

The core goals of the double major are to graduate students who will be able to:

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the complexity of law, society, and access to justice over time;
  • identify key historical issues from a diverse spectrum of regions, cultures, and time periods, and distinguish and evaluate overlapping, and sometimes competing, narratives;
  • apply historical knowledge, drawn from a broad range of sources to help interpret contemporary events and issues, whether local, national, or global in character and particularly as they relate to criminal justice;
  • critically analyze and understand criminal justice processes, practices, programs, and services;
  •  identify the implications of cultural and social diversity for justice and equity within and outside of the criminal justice system, as well as the important role of communities, not-for-profit and private-sector agencies in delivering justice;
  • understand the impact of structural inequalities (e.g., gender, race, class, legal status) on individuals, communities, and criminal justice outcomes over time;
  • critically analyze oral, written, and other forms of evidence;
  • develop probing research questions, conduct effective research, and persuasively communicate the results of their inquiry in a variety of oral and written modes;
  • demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge and skills by acting as responsible academic and community citizens, both locally and globally.

Career Opportunities

Students in the Criminology and History Double Major will be able to deploy their strong research, analytical and communication skills in a variety of careers in the public and private sector. These may include the criminal justice system itself, community-based justice agencies, public service, museums and creative industries, education, academic research and teaching, law business and the nonprofit sector. Graduates may also choose to continue their studies at graduate level in fields such as History, Socio-Legal Studies, Criminology, and Law.

Curriculum Information

The curriculum builds on a foundational year of interdisciplinary study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, followed by three years of more specialized study in Criminology and History. Students take a combination of 13 required and elective courses in Criminology and 13 required and elective courses in History, as well as 6 liberal studies courses.

Semesters One and Two: The first year is a Common Arts Platform, which is shared with the BA programs in Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology, and Sociology. Students gain a broad, interdisciplinary base of knowledge, skills, and methodologies. Students are introduced to Criminology through introductory courses that provide an overview and assessment of the administration of the criminal justice system in Canada, the main theories of criminality and the nature and extent of crime in Canada. Students also choose two History courses from those across a range of themes, time periods, and geographical contexts. Students also acquire skills and knowledge in two foundational courses, Academic Writing and Research, and Critical Thinking, and choose electives from a broad range of areas.

Semesters Three and Four: In second year, students take their third foundational Common Arts Platform course, Research Design and Qualitative Methods. Students also take the first of the Department of History’s signature Historian’s Craft (or H-Craft) offerings, Reading, Writing and Using History, as well as Hearing, Seeing and Speaking History. They study the contents of criminal law in Canada, the role and experience of victims of crime, and concerns about social inequality in the criminal justice system. They are also introduced to quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Semesters Five and Six: In the third year, students take two additional Historian’s Craft courses and courses which study criminal justice issues in greater depth, exploring such topics as youth justice, aboriginal justice, the establishment of the International Criminal Court. Additionally, students select from a wide range of electives in History and Criminology and in liberal studies that broaden their educational endeavours and enhance their career preparation.

Semesters Seven and Eight: In their final year of study, students satisfy any remaining elective requirements and take the required capstone seminars. Electives may include an independent research paper or an advanced practicum course. These capstone courses are designed to develop depth in the disciplines and sharpen students’ professional competencies.
 

Transferability Guidelines

In order to transfer to the Criminology and History Double Major from any of Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology, or Sociology, students are encouraged to present a cumulative grade point average of 2.67 (B-) in their first semester studies at Ryerson to maximize their chances for consideration, subject to competition and available second-year spaces. Possession of the minimum cumulative grade point average does not guarantee program transfer. Students must:

  1. have a CLEAR Academic Standing at the end of the Winter term of their second semester of studies; and
  2. must have successfully completed CRM 100 or CRM 102 and HIS course numbered between HIS 100 and HIS 399 (or HIS 461, HIS 462 or HIS 490). It is strongly recommended that students complete, in first year, both CRM 100 and CRM 102 as well as two HIS courses numbered between HIS 100 and HIS 399 (or HIS 461, HIS 462 or HIS 490).
  3.  HST courses may be substituted for HIS courses with departmental approval.

 

Liberal Studies

Students must take two lower level liberal studies courses and four upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website, opens in new window.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

Criminology courses and History courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions

Criminology courses and History courses are not available for credit.

Minors

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Certificates

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website, opens in new window for complete details.

1st & 2nd Semester

Begins 2020-2021

REQUIRED:

CRM 100 Introduction to Canadian Criminal Justice
CRM 102 Introduction to Criminology
SSH 105 Critical Thinking I
SSH 205 Academic Writing and Research

REQUIRED GROUP 1:

One course from Table I, opens in new window (Humanities).
One course from Table I, opens in new window (Social Sciences).

REQUIRED GROUP 2: Two courses from the following:

HIS 104 Ten Days That Shook The World
HIS 105 Inventing Popular Culture
HIS 106 Technology, Warfare and Social Change
HIS 107 Colonization, Colonialism and Independence
HIS 238 Canada to 1885: Creating a Nation
HIS 248 American History to 1877
HIS 265 Asia: Foundations and Modern Nations
HIS 275 Ancient Greece and Rome
HIS 277 Mediaeval Europe, 400-1350
HIS 279 Europe, 1715-1870
HIS 338 Canada since 1885: Defining a Nation
HIS 348 American History from 1877
HIS 377 Europe, 1350-1715
HIS 379 Europe, 1870-Present
HIS 461 Cradle of Civilization: Ancient Near East
HIS 462 Introduction to the Islamic World
HIS 490 International Relations from 1945
  Any two HST courses numbered between HST 100 and HST 499

PROFESSIONALLY RELATED: One course from Table I or Table III.  

PROFESSIONALLY RELATED: One course from Table III.

Note: CRM, HIS, and HST courses cannot be taken for credit toward Professionally-Related courses. In the total degree, a maximum of four liberal studies HST courses may be substituted for HIS courses.
 

  

3rd & 4th Semester

Begins 2020-2021

REQUIRED:

CRM 200 Criminal Law
CRM 204 Criminal Justice Research and Statistics
CRM 400 Indigenous Gov/Justice
HIS 401 Hearing, Seeing and Speaking History
SSH 301 Research Design and Qualitative Methods

REQUIRED GROUP 2: Two of the following courses, not previously taken:

HIS 104 Ten Days That Shook The World
HIS 105 Inventing Popular Culture
HIS 106 Technology, Warfare and Social Change
HIS 107 Colonization, Colonialism and Independence
HIS 238 Canada to 1885: Creating a Nation
HIS 248 American History to 1877
HIS 265 Asia: Foundations and Modern Nations
HIS 275 Ancient Greece and Rome
HIS 277 Mediaeval Europe, 400-1350
HIS 279 Europe, 1715-1870
HIS 338 Canada since 1885: Defining a Nation
HIS 348 American History from 1877
HIS 377 Europe, 1350-1715
HIS 379 Europe, 1870-Present
HIS 461 Cradle of Civilization: Ancient Near East
HIS 462 Introduction to the Islamic World
HIS 490 International Relations from 1945
  Any two HST courses numbered between HST 100 and HST 499

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table I, opens in new window, Table IIITable IV (Criminology), opens in new window or Table IV (History), opens in new window.

Note: CRM, HIS, and HST courses cannot be taken for credit toward Professionally-Related courses. In the total degree, a maximum of four liberal studies HST courses may be substituted for HIS courses.

LIBERAL STUDIES: Two courses from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

  

5th & 6th Semester

Begins 2021-2022

REQUIRED:

CRM 322  Ethics in Criminal Justice
HIS 505 Locating The Past: Archival Research

REQUIRED GROUP 1: One course from the following:

HIS 500 History and New Media
HIS 501 Archaeology and Material Culture
HIS 502 Life Stories: Oral History
HIS 755 Themes in Material Culture

REQUIRED GROUP 2: One course from the following:

CRM 310 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
CRM 315 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

REQUIRED GROUP 3: Two courses from the following:

CRM 300 Policing in Canada
CRM 306 Corrections in Canada
CRM 308 Criminal Courts in Canada

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from History Table II (History), opens in new window  

UPPER LIBERAL STUDIES: Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies, opens in new window.

  

7th & 8th Semester

Begins 2022-2023

REQUIRED:

CRM 406 Seminar in Criminal Justice

REQUIRED GROUP 4: One of the following:

HIS 902 Thesis Course
HIS 903 Senior Seminar I: Cross-Field Study
HIS 916 Senior Seminar II: Science, Technology and Medicine
HIS 931 Senior Seminar III: Americas
HIS 956 Senior Seminar IV: Africa
HIS 957 Senior Seminar V: Middle East
HIS 958 Senior Seminar VI: Asia
HIS 976 Senior Seminar VII: Europe
HIS 990 Senior Seminar VIII: International Relations

PROFESSIONAL: Three courses from Table II (History)

PROFESSIONAL: Three courses from Table II (Criminology)

UPPER LIBERAL STUDIES: Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

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Criminology

Please see Criminology department website, opens in new window for updated information.

 

History

TBA. Please visit the Department of History, opens in new window website for updates.