Criminology

Criminology (CRIM)

Department Vision and Mission

The Department of Criminology provides focused study of regulation, policing, punishment, justice, law, delinquency and misbehaviour.  The undergraduate program enables students to obtain a solid foundation in Criminology for further study at the graduate level, for the pursuit of Criminology-related disciplines, and for careers in related professions.  The Criminology program offers undergraduate, honours and graduate degrees.


Major Program

For admission to the program, students must have completed CRIM 2110 Exploring Criminology and CRIM 2304 Canadian Criminal Justice System with a minimum grade of B- in each course.

To major in Criminology, students must complete thirty-six (36) credit hours as follows:

  • CRIM 1303 Introduction to Criminology
  • CRIM 2110 Exploring Criminology
  • CRIM 2304 Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • CRIM 3011 Criminological Theory
  • CRIM 3100 Qualitative Research Methods (or SOCI 3100)
  • CRIM 3102 Quantitative Research Methods (or PSYC 2350 or SOCI 3102)
  • Twelve (12) credit hours in CRIM at the 3000 level (NOTE: Students may receive up to three (3) credit hours from Criminology-related courses taken outside of the Department of Criminology)
  • Six (6) credit hours in CRIM at the 4000 level (NOTE: Students may receive up to three (3) credit hours from Criminology-related courses taken outside of the Department of Criminology)
  • The courses below form a partial list of CRIM approved courses for majors and honours students in CRIM. Other courses may be eligible for CRIM credit – please consult the CRIM chairperson. Please note that not all courses below are offered every year, and some courses have prerequisites.
  • 3000-Level Courses
    • ANTH 3471 Forensic Skeletal Identification
    • ANTH 3472 Forensic Skeletal Analysis 
    • ANTH 3701 Forensic Archaeology Field School
    • CLAS 3411 Great Trials of Ancient Athens
    • CMLW 3202 Legal Aspects of Business – Part II
    • FRSC 3310 The Role of Science in Forensics
    • FRSC 3007 Forensic DNA Typing
    • FRSC 3350 Forensic Sciences in Practice
    • FRSC 3400 Forensic Human Anatomy
    • HIST 3301 Crime and Punishment in England Before 1800
    • HIST 3303 Law and Society in Britain 1500-1800
    • HIST 3352 Race and Racism in the United States
    • HIST 3475 Indigenous and Settler Histories
    • PHIL 3474 Moral Responsibility
    • POLI 3205 Politics and Sex
    • POLI 3350 Indigenous Politics: Past, Present and Future
    • POLI 3418 International Law
    • POLI 3419 Comparative Constitutional Law
    • POLI 3425 spying and International Politics
    • POLI 3456 Issues in International Security
    • PSYC 3320 Psychology and Law
    • PSYC 3338 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
    • PSYC 3351 Prevention and Treatment of Addictions
    • RELS 3354 Aboriginal Peoples, Religion, and the Justice System
    • SJCS 3220 Race, Racism, Colonialism
    • SJCS 3508 Corporate Crime o SOCI 3423 Ethnic Conflict
    • 4000-Level Courses o ENVS 4440 Environmental Policy
    • FRSC 4002 Wildlife Forensics
    • HIST 4200 Women’s Rights in Britain 1500-1925
    • HIST 4401 Crime in Canada
    • PHIL 4525 International Justice
    • POLI 4317 Charter Politics and Constitutional Change
    • POLI 4449 Public Policy Challenges: Gender, Race and Class
    • POLI 4480 Human Rights, Contemporary Paradoxes
    • PSYC 4438 Advanced Forensic Psychology
    • PSYC 4443 Advanced Psychology and Law
    • SJCS 4432 Gender and Law
    • SOCI 4224 Inequality, Suffering, and Resistance.

Honours Program

This is a selective program. Applicants for admission must: 

  • have completed at least 60 credit hours;
  • have completed or be enrolled in CRIM 1303, CRIM 2304, CRIM 2110, CRIM 3100, CRIM 3102, and CRIM 3011
  • have declared a major in Criminology
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 out of 4.3;
  • have a cumulative GPA in Criminology courses of 3.30 out of 4.3;
  • have no grade in Criminology courses lower than a C;
  • have contacted a faculty member who would be willing to serve as a supervisor for the Honours Thesis (CRIM 4600 and CRIM 4601); and
  • Students may not begin the honours program prior to having successfully completed CRIM 1303, CRIM 2304, CRIM 2110, CRIM 3100, CRIM 3102, and CRIM 3011.

The deadline for application is the last Friday in March of the year before students wish to begin the honours program.

Applicants should provide a writing sample (150 words about the topic to be explored in the thesis and reasons for completing an honours degree) and application form (available from the Service Centre) to the Department Secretary on or before the deadline.

For honours in Criminology, students must complete sixty (60) credit hours as follows: 

  • CRIM 1303 Introduction to Criminology
  • CRIM 2110 Exploring Criminology
  • CRIM 2304 Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • CRIM 3011 Criminological Theory
  • CRIM 3100 Qualitative Research Methods
  • CRIM 3102 Quantitative Research Methods
  • CRIM 4600 Honours Thesis Research Preparation
  • CRIM 4601 Honours Thesis Writing
  • Thirty-six (36) credit hours in CRIM at the 3000 and 4000 levels, with at least nine (9) credit hours in CRIM at the 4000 level.

To graduate with honours, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 out of 4.3 in Criminology courses as well as earn a grade of B+ in CRIM 4601.

Minor Program in Criminology

For admission to the minor program, students must have completed CRIM 2110 Exploring Criminology and CRIM 2304 Canadian Criminal Justice System with a minimum grade of B- in each course.

The minor in Criminology requires twenty-four (24) credit hours in criminology completed with a minimum grade point average of C. Required courses include:

  • CRIM 1303 Introduction to Criminology
  • CRIM 2110 Exploring Criminology
  • CRIM 2304 Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • An additional 15 credit hours in CRIM at the 2000, 3000, or 4000 level