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.