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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.

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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 - GAS Transfer

Degree Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location Downtown Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Six semesters (full-time)
Program load Full-time
Part-time
OUAC code DAJ
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Admission requirements: An Ontario college certificate from Durham College in General Arts and Science-Liberal Arts Ontario Tech Transfer with a minimum B+ average.


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, equity, peace and justice.

You may pursue the comprehensive program or a specialization in one of:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Youth, Crime and Justice

Additional information

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities website
College-to-university transfer programs website

Admission requirements

Students who have successfully completed a General Arts and Science Certificate - UOIT Liberal Arts Transfer/University Transfer option at Durham College may apply for direct admission into the second year of the Criminology and Justice program. Eligible applicants must achieve a minimum grade of 70 per cent in each prerequisite course at college with an overall average of 77 per cent or higher.


Transfer credit

In recognition of your certificate, you will receive 10 courses toward your 40-course BA in Criminology and Justice degree.


Last year's cut-off 77 per cent
Expected cut-off High 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: 

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Corporate Crime
  • Criminal Gangs
  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • Sociological Theories of Crime

More information is available in the 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 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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