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Criminology and Justice Bridge (Youth, Crime, and Justice)

Degree Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location Downtown Oshawa campus location
Start dates September (part-time)
Length Five semesters (full-time)
Program load Full-time

Admission requirements: An Ontario college graduate certificate in Youth Corrections and Interventions presented concurrently with a relevant Ontario college diploma or Ontario college advanced diploma.

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:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Youth, Crime and Justice

Additional information

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

Admission requirements

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:

  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Community and Justice Services
  • Court and Tribunal Agent
  • Customs Border Services
  • Law Clerk
  • Paralegal
  • Police Foundations
  • Protection, Security and Investigation

Transfer credit

Once you have completed the bridge courses with a minimum overall B- average and no D grade, you will proceed into the four-year BA program. In recognition of your certificate and diploma, you will receive 18 courses toward your 40-course BA 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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