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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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Forensic Psychology - 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 Behavioural Sciences, Child and Youth Care, Community and Justice Services, Police Foundations, Protection Security and Investigation, or Social Service Worker.

General information

Forensic psychology exists at the intersection between psychology and the justice system. It involves applying the principles and scientific methods of psychology to the study of both criminal behaviour and the basic tenets of the judicial system. Specific applications include the study of eyewitness memory, the intricacies of jury decision making, effective police interrogation techniques, and the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of criminal behaviour.

You will study the core areas of psychology—social, cognitive, developmental and abnormal—as well as research methods and data analysis. You will explore a variety of forensic psychology courses that apply psychology to crime, policing, the courts, corrections and other aspects of the justice system. You will also have opportunities to incorporate aspects of criminology, legal studies, health and neuroscience into your degree with the objective of developing unique knowledge and skill sets.

Additional information

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:

  • Behavioural Sciences
  • Behavioural Science Technician (George Brown College)
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Community and Justice Services
  • Mental Health and Addiction Worker (Fleming College)
  • Police Foundations
  • Protection, Security and Investigation
  • Social Service Worker
  • Socal Service Worker - Immigrants and Refugees (Seneca College)

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 Mid-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
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Confessions and Interrogations
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Essentials of Biology
  • Eyewitness Psychology
  • Forensic Science
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Psychology of Deviance
  • Psychopathic Behaviour
  • Research Methods
  • Sexual Offenders
  • Social Psychology
  • Treatment in Forensic Settings

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.

Career opportunities

  • Child protection worker
  • Corrections officer
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Mental health technician
  • Probation manager
  • Psychologist (after further study)
  • Residential youth counsellor
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