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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Criminology and Justice - Advanced Entry

Degree Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location Downtown Oshawa campus location
Start dates September (full-time)
Length Four semesters (full-time)
Program load Full-time
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Admission requirements: An Ontario college diploma or Ontario college advanced diploma (or equivalent) in Child and Youth Care, Community and Justice Services, Customs Border Services, Police Foundations or Protection Security and Investigation.

General information

Crime is not committed in a vacuum. It occurs in a particular socio-economic and political context. Criminology examines the broader social and individual contexts that lead to criminal behaviour. It also examines how criminal justice is shaped by larger social, political and technological contexts, and how they are translated into practice in agencies such as the police, courts, corrections, the juvenile system, and various social and government service agencies. 

Our program explores and critically analyzes criminological and sociological theories of why people commit crime. It also examines how societies define crime and who is considered a criminal. 

This program approaches the study of crime from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on a rich tradition from criminology, sociology, philosophy, psychology and law. In addition to examining why crime is committed, you will be encouraged to think about crime, criminal justice and its administration in ways that are consistent with the principles of fairness, equality, peace, and justice. 

Additional information

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Admission requirements

An Ontario college or Ontario college advanced diploma in one of the programs listed below with a minimum B-/70 per cent average:

  • Child and Youth Care
  • Community and Justice Services
  • Customs Border Services
  • Police Foundations
  • Protection, Security and Investigation

- or -

A graduate certificate in Youth Corrections and Interventions presented concurrently with an Ontario college or Ontario college advanced diploma in one of the programs listed below:

  • Court and Tribunal Agent
  • Law Clerk
  • Paralegal

Transfer credit

 In recognition of your diploma, you will receive 20 courses toward the 40 course Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

Last year's cut-off 70 per cent
Expected cut-off Low 70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our college-to-university transfer applicant page.

Program curriculum

Sample courses: 

  • The Canadian Legal System
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Deviance
  • Diversity and Justice
  • Hate Crime
  • Policing
  • Prosecution and Sentencing
  • Psychology
  • Social Control and Regulation
  • Social Policy
  • Theories of Crime
  • Victimology
  • Youth Crime

Program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

A limited number of fourth-year students are granted an opportunity to participate in a learning experience with a community organization. The practicum is an experiential learning tool that provides students with opportunities to acquire workplace skills and knowledge, confront the relationship between theory and practice, and cultivate a sense of personal and professional development.

The Practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork, several in-class seminars and a set of academic assignments.

Career opportunities

  • Correctional officer/case manager
  • Government researcher and policy analyst
  • Human rights advocate/community activist
  • Police officer
  • Probation/parole officer
  • Social services worker
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