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Criminology (BA (Hons))

Where You Belong

After choosing the Criminology program, Femi, a first-generation Nigerian Canadian, discovered that the inclusive tone set by faculty made the program uniquely valuable. One professor in particular really impressed him with the open and collaborative learning environment she created.

“I remember one thing she said that really stood out to me was really around just not judging a book by its cover...there’s a lot that we don’t know, there’s a lot that I don’t know, but we’re going to learn together and it’s going to be a collaborative process, and I respect that.”


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Is It for You?

Criminology is the study of crime and justice, and their relationship to the police, courts, prison and other systems of regulation. You’ll gain hands-on experience through international exchanges, research and case studies, and working in various communities. You’ll graduate with the ability to think critically about issues in law, social inequality, Indigenous justice, ethics, crime control and prevention. Upon graduation, apply your understanding of the critical issues of race, class and gender on the administration of the criminal justice system. 

This is one of 10 bachelor of arts programs that share a one-year foundation.

Double major options available after first year: Criminology and History, Criminology and Politics and Governance, or Criminology and Sociology. 

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What You Need to Know

 Faculty
Faculty of Arts

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

 Grade Range

 Non-Academic Requirements

 Experiential Learning
Community projects

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2020 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees 2020/2021

Domestic Fees Range: $7,044 - $7,112
International Fees Range: $28,635 - $29,021

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Academic Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70 % or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred).

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

After Graduation

Students are prepared to work towards defending social justice and human rights through inventive solutions to the fundamental justice issues of our time. They find opportunities in policing, courts, corrections, non-governmental support agencies; social and victim support services; community-based diversion or restorative justice programs; correctional or case work with prisoners, ex-offenders or young offenders; support services for women, victims of crime and inmates. You can work as a probation officer, youth worker, policy analyst, residential and community support worker, or anti-money laundering investigator. You may choose to pursue law school or graduate studies in criminology, social justice and other disciplines.

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