Undergraduate study in Criminology

What can you study in Criminology?

Criminology seeks to understand issues relating to crime, deviance, justice, law, culture and power.

Criminology is not just about crime. It also involves the study of the wider issues that affect punishment and criminal justice, as well as topics such as prisons and corrections, violence and drugs, and crime and popular culture. You will investigate the social, economic, cultural, political and legal determinants of criminality. You'll also examine attempts to control crime both locally and internationally. 

Criminology could be particularly useful combined with Sociology, Anthropology or Political Studies, or as part of a BA/LLB conjoint programme.
 

Undergraduate programmes in Criminology

You can study Criminology as a BA major or take elective courses.

Find out about your options for the Bachelor of Arts

From 2018 the BA minor in Criminology will no longer be available for new admissions. If you are currently enrolled in the minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.
 

Planning your major in Criminology

Two of the Stage I courses available for Criminology will give you the background for more specialised study later. 

You would normally take the more specialised, core Criminology courses in your second and third years. You will also choose related courses from History, Philosophy, Political Studies and/or Sociology. You could choose to concentrate on one of these areas.
 

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminology

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in Criminology as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

Requirements for a BA major and minor

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I. BA minors will be discontinued for new admissions from 2018. If you are currently enrolled in a minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

University regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Criminology. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for Criminology

For help with degree planning

Arts Students' Centre