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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

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

Program details

Faculty
Social Science and Humanities

Degree
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Experiential learning
Experiential work term
Internship
Practicum
Research study
Undergraduate thesis

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class
In-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, Downtown Oshawa

Start dates
September

Length
Four years

Program load
Full-time

OUAC code
DAJ

Overview

Students sitting in a lecture Examine why crime is not committed in a vacuum, and how it relates to the police, courts, corrections, the juvenile system and various social and government agencies.

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

  • Criminal Justice
  • Youth, Crime and Justice

The professors showed me what it means to be passionate about a field of study and created a foundation for my learning, while allowing me to learn fundamental skills to prepare myself for the career of my choice. I am now preparing to complete my Bachelor of Education at Ontario Tech to teach youth who have been in conflict with the law. Caitlin Morgan Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Justice Class of 2021


Admissions

Admissions


Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M courses, including English (ENG4U).

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications. 


Last year's cut-off70 per cent
Expected cut-offLow 70s

Program details

Faculty
Social Science and Humanities

Degree
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Experiential learning
Experiential work term
Internship
Practicum
Research study
Undergraduate thesis

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class
In-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, Downtown Oshawa

Start dates
September

Length
Four years

Program load
Full-time

OUAC code
DAJ

Contact information

Career opportunities

Graduates will be skilled in taking leadership roles and more collaborative approaches within their own fields and within the related infrastructures of society.

You will be well prepared to pursue a variety of career opportunities including:

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

Experiential learning

A limited number of fourth-year students have 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.


Did you know?

organizations provide placement opportunities
of students are employed within six months of graduation
summer internship jobs to apply for
  • 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

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