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BA in Criminology

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 Criminology 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.

Transferability Guidelines

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in any of Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology or Sociology may transfer from their current program and plan to any one of the other eight plans for the Fall term of their second year of studies. Applications are available through the Program Office and must be submitted by February 2nd. Transfer applications are considered on a competitive basis subject to program capacity, and therefore, program choice cannot be guaranteed.

Students intending to transfer to Criminology for second year from any of English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology, or Sociology, should note that a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (B) is required for program transfer consideration, subject to competition and available second-year spaces.  Possession of the minimum recommended cumulative grade point average does not guarantee program transfer. Students must have successfully completed CRM 100 in order to transfer to Criminology for the Fall term of their second year of studies.  It is strongly recommended that students complete both CRM 100 and CRM 102 in first year.