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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 examined 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

Criminology and Justice - Advanced Entry program on the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities website 
College-to-university transfer programs website

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
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