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The Bachelor of Arts in Criminology shares a common one-year foundation with programs in English, Geographic Analysis, Politics and Governance, Psychology, and Sociology. In all six programs, your first year offers basic knowledge of theories, methods, and practices of a broad range of social sciences and humanities, with specialized study in Criminology in the final three years.

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Curriculum Overview  

Year 1

In the first year, you are introduced to Criminology through core courses that address the nature of policing, the criminal courts, and the prison system in Canada, as well as the main theories of crime and the nature and extent of crime in Canada. You are also introduced to a variety of social science and humanities disciplines, such as Sociology, Politics and Governance, Psychology, Economics, Geographic Analysis, English, History and Philosophy. You acquire key skills through courses in Academic Writing and Research and Critical Thinking, and choose electives from a broad range of areas, such as Business, Law, and Natural Sciences.

Year 2

In your second year, you study the foundations of criminal law in Canada and the role and experiences of victims of crime and are introduced to criminal justice research methods and statistics.

Years 3 and 4

In your final two years, you study criminal justice issues in greater depth. Youth justice, aboriginal justice, security threats, ethics in criminal justice, strategies of crime control and prevention, violence in communities as well as the influence of race, class, gender and other forms of social inequality on the administration of criminal justice are the focus of the upper level courses.

Through a range of courses in all four years, you will develop key competencies in effective communication, critical and analytical thinking, learning skills and strategies for life-long learning, and research design and analysis.


As part of your program of study, you have an opportunity to earn a Minor in an area -such as Psychology, Sociology, Law, Human Resources Management, or Politics and Governance- that complements your professional studies and broadens your career preparation. For a complete list and description of available Minors, please see the Minors Policy in the current Undergraduate Full-Time Calendar.

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.