Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology


The Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology program provides students with a broad, liberal education in social science, criminal justice, and law. Students learn scientific research methods, legal, philosophical and theoretical approaches to aid in understanding crime and related social problems, and social responses to crime. The BA degree program builds on the central core of method and theory and affords students opportunities to hone abstract, logical thinking, and critical understanding of the issues, arguments, and debates that shape the discipline's character and aims.

Contemporary criminology courses developed especially for this degree expose students to cutting-edge theory and research. This program integrates opportunities to engage in undergraduate research, service learning, and practicum placements that provide students with highly transferable and marketable knowledge and skills. For more information, see the Criminology Department webpage:

Students who graduate with a BA degree may apply to law school or pursue a graduate degree in criminology or other disciplines. Those who are interested in applying to graduate school, or who prefer a more extensive research experience, are encouraged to undertake a structured program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Major in Criminology.

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Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a major in Criminology must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
    • 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area

Curricular Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.

Criminology Major

1100 Level
CRIM 1100Introduction to Criminology3
CRIM 1101Introduction to the Criminal Justice System3
CRIM 1107Canadian Legal Systems3
CRIM 1207Introduction to Criminal Law3
CRIM 1208Methods of Research in Criminology3
CRIM 1215Interpersonal and Professional Development in Criminology3
PSYC 1100Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes3
SOCI 1125Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures3
Select one of the following:3
General Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Formal Logic
2000 Level
CRIM 2103Quantitative Data Analysis I3
CRIM 2330Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour3
CRIM 2331Sociological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour3
CRIM 2341Canadian Criminal Justice Administration3
Select one of the following:3
Criminal Justice and Psychology
Crime, Criminal Justice, and the Media
Introduction to Policing
Corrections: Theory and Practice
Youth Justice
3000 and 4000 Level 13
Qualitative Research Methods
Select two of the following Group 1 courses:6
Group 1: Theory and Methods
Advanced Theories of Crime and Community
Contemporary Sociological Criminology
Critical Criminology
Contemporary Psychological Criminology
Select one of the following Group 2 courses:3
Group 2: Criminal Justice
White-Collar & Corporate Crime
Community Corrections
Issues in Youth Justice
Community Safety and Crime Prevention
Marginalized Groups and the Criminal Justice System
Policy and Program Evaluation
Select one of the following Group 3 courses:3
Group 3: Law, Advocacy and Conflict Resolution
Procedure and Evidence
Law and Society
Issues in Conflict Resolution
Philosophy of Law
Administrative and Regulatory Law
Community Advocacy and Human Rights
Select 15 additional credits of any CRIM courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.15
Total Credits72

Students will complete 30 credits in upper-level CRIM courses. All upper-level criminology courses require 6 credits of English as pre-requisites as of Fall 2013.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the major program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts. Transcripts will indicate a Major in Criminology.

Co-operative Education

The Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology is offered with a Co-operative Education option. Co-operative Education gives a student the opportunity to apply the skills gained during academic study in paid, practical work experience semesters. Degree students in the Co-op option are expected to complete a minimum of three work terms while completing their degree. Work terms generally occur full-time in separate 4-month work semesters. Work semesters alternate with academic study.

Students wishing to enter and participate in the Co-op Option must meet the following requirements:

Declaration/Entrance Requirements

  • Declaration into the BA in Criminology
  • Declaration of the Co-operative Education option prior to completion of 90 credits for the BA in Criminology
  • Minimum program GPA of 2.7

Work Term and Program Continuance Requirements

Procedures for enrollment in Co-operative Education works are outlined in the COOP course descriptions. Conditions for continuance in the program are: 

  • Successful completion of COOP 1101 prior to 90 credits for the BA in Criminology
  • Minimum program GPA of 2.7
  • Instructor permission

Co-op students are advised to consult for information about course enrolment and work term placements. 

Co-op Requirements

The Co-operative Education designation requires successful completion of the following courses:

COOP 1101Introduction to Professional and Career Readiness1
COOP 1150Co-op Work Semester 19
COOP 2150Co-op Work Semester 29
COOP 3150Co-op Work Semester 39
Co-op Work Semester 4
Total Credits28

Note: COOP courses must be completed in ascending numerical order. Contact the Co-op office for information about the possibility of part-time work terms. COOP courses may be used only to satisfy the Co-op designation and cannot be used to satisfy other curricular requirements of the program.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the requirements stated above, all Co-op students must satisfy the General Co-operative Education Requirements.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the Co-operative Education Option in the major program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts in (Co-operative Education Option). Transcripts will indicate a Major in Criminology.

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