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Criminal Justice Specialization

What is the Criminal Justice Specialization?

In the Criminal Justice specialization, students will explore the foundations of historical and contemporary patterns of social control, and then turn to more focused consideration of the three main institutions of formal control: police, courts and corrections.

How can I apply?

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.

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U). To learn more about the admissions process and apply, visit our Undergraduate Admissions website.

Experiential Learning: Internships, Practicums, and Community Engagement

To learn more about the Criminal Justice Specialization program’s experiential learning opportunities (e.g., the practicum, the internship, and community engagement projects), check out the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities’ Experiential Learning Office.

What courses will I take?

Mandatory first year courses are:

  • CRMN 1000U Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • SOCI 1000U Introductory Sociology
  • SSCI 1910U Writing for the Social Sciences

Two of:

  • COMM 1100U Introduction to Communication Studies
  • LGLS 1000U Foundations of Legal Studies
  • POSC 1000U Introduction to Political Science
  • PSYC 1000U Introductory Psychology

Criminology and Justice major core courses (66 credit hours)

SSCI 1300U Social Problems
CRMN 2040U Decolonizing Criminology
CRMN 2850U Classical Theories of Crime
SSCI 2900U Research Methods
SSCI 2910U Data Analysis
SSCI 2920U Qualitative Research Methods
CRMN 3850U Contemporary Theories of Crime

One of:

SSCI 3910U Advanced Data Analysis
SSCI 3920U Advanced Qualitative Methods

One of:

CRMN 4100U Doing Criminology
SSCI 4010U Policy Development
SSCI 4098U Practicum
SSCI 4103U Internship

One of:

4000-level CRMN course
SSCI 4005U Independent Study
SSCI 4101U Honours Thesis I

One of:

CRMN 4001U Special Topics in Criminology and Justice
CRMN 4099U Criminology and Justice Integrating Project
SSCI 4102U Honours Thesis II
Two 3000- or 4000-level CRMN courses
Nine general electives**

The remaining 39 credit hours are selected based on the student's choice to pursue the Criminology and Justice major, or the Criminology and Justice major with a specialization.

Criminology and Justice major with Criminal Justice specialization (39 credit hours)

CRMN 2010U Criminal Law
CRMN 2030U Social Control
CRMN 3040U Restorative Justice
CRMN 3050U Police and Society
CRMN 3060U Punishment and Society

One of:

SSCI 2020U Issues in Diversity
CRMN 2021U Families and the Justice System

One of:

CRMN 3010U Social Justice/Criminal Justice
CRMN 3028U Women in the Criminal Justice System
CRMN 3056U Race-ing Justice

One of:

CRMN 3024U Criminal Gangs
CRMN 3026U Organized Crime
CRMN 3045U Terrorism
CRMN 4020U Corporate Crime
CRMN 4021U Cybercrime

One of:

CRMN 3023U Family Violence
CRMN 3025U Victimology
CRMN 3027U Delinquency, Deviance, and Youth Crime

One of:

CRMN 4062U The Prison Experience
CRMN 4079U Alternative Sanctions

One of:

CRMN 4052U Policing Diverse Communities
CRMN 4085U Emerging Patterns of Policing

Two of:

CRMN 4065U Criminal Justice Ethics and Misconduct
CRMN 4075U International Perspectives on Criminal Justice
SSCI 4020U Leadership and Administration