Why study Criminology?

How do societies define and respond to crime? How is law created and reformed, and what happens to people in the justice system? Explore these topics and gain an understanding of how they connect to broader issues of social regulation and control.

Criminology is about defining and responding to crime (including organized crime, terrorism, corporate and state crime). As a criminology student, you will also delve into crime prevention, systems of regulation and punishment, policing, prisons, corrections, restorative justice, and human rights.

The Saint Mary’s approach

Our Criminology program provides a comprehensive curriculum taught by a diverse, student-focused faculty. Our faculty members are involved in numerous research projects, community partnerships, and government agencies, both locally and internationally.

Hands-on research

Criminology students connect with professionals in the field by such as lawyers, RCMP officers, counsellors and military personnel during professional development days.

Future career opportunities:

  • Child and youth worker
  • Police officer
  • Lawyer
  • Investigator
  • Immigration officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Probation or parole officer