Criminology (CRIM)

Criminology (CRIM)

Department Vision and Mission

The Department of Sociology and Criminology offers programs that provide students with a strong undergraduate experience in both Sociology and Criminology. Majors and honours programs are offered in each field. Students are particularly encouraged to complete a double major program in Sociology and Criminology. The Department also offers a Master’s degree in Criminology. Courses are also mounted that support such other academic programs as those in Asian Studies, Atlantic Canada Studies, International Development Studies, Linguistics, and Women and Gender Studies. For details on graduate programs, refer to the Graduate Academic Calendar.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, including the honours program, provides students with an opportunity for focused study of various forms of regulation, policing,
punishment, justice, law, delinquency and misbehaviour. The development of a coherent program at the undergraduate level enables students to obtain a solid foundation in Criminology for further study at the graduate level; for the pursuit of Criminology-related disciplines; and for careers in the related professions. A structured honours program is included for outstanding undergraduate students intending to pursue a Master’s degree.


Major Program

For admission to the program, students must have completed SOCI 1210 and 1211 with a minimum grade of C in each course; and six (6) additional credit hours with a minimum grade of C in each course from the following courses: ANTH 1202, ANTH 1280, ECON 1201, ECON 1202, POLI 1201, POLI 1210, POLI 1220, POLI 1230, POLI 1240POLI 1250, PSYC 1200, PSYC 1250, PSYC 1260.

To major in Criminology, students must complete forty-five (45) credit hours as follows:

  • SOCI 1210 Introductory Sociology (minimum grade C)
  • SOCI 1211 Social Power Relations (minimum grade C)
  • CRIM 2010 [SOCI 2010] Principles of Social Theory
  • CRIM 2100 [SOCI 2100] Social Research Methods
  • CRIM 2124 [SOCI 2124] Social Inequality & Justice
  • CRIM 3010 [SOCI 3010] Classical Theory
  • CRIM 3011 Contemporary Criminological Theory
  • CRIM 3100 [SOCI 3100] Qualitative Research Methods
  • CRIM 3102 [SOCI 3102] Quantitative Research Methods
  • CRIM 2303 Introduction to Criminology
  • CRIM 2304 Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • Six (6) credit hours in CRIM at the 3000 level
  • Six (6) credit hours in CRIM or SOCI at the 4000 level (directed readings courses do not satisfy this requirement)

FOR STUDENTS COMPLETING A DOUBLE MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY, ONLY SIX (6) CREDIT HOURS OF CROSS-LISTED COURSES CAN BE DOUBLE COUNTED.

Suggested Schedule
The following program is recommended by the Department of Sociology and Criminology for students majoring in Criminology:

Year 1:

  • ENGL 1205 Introduction to Literature
  • 9 credit hours of introductory courses in the following humanities (except PHIL 1200): Classics; History; Religious Studies; Modern Languages courses on literature and culture (a maximum of 6 credit hours can be counted from any one area).
  • SOCI 1210 Introductory Sociology with a minimum grade of C.
  • SOCI 1211 Social Power Relations with a minimum grade of C.
  • Six (6) credit hours from  ANTH 1202ANTH 1280ECON 1201ECON 1202POLI 1201POLI 1210POLI 1220POLI 1230POLI 1240POLI 1250PSYC 1200PSYC 1250, or PSYC 1260 with a minimum grade of C.
  • Six (6) credit hours from one or two of the following: PHIL 1200 Critical Thinking, Mathematics, a language other than English, or a natural science other than Psychology.

Year 2:

  • CRIM 2010 [SOCI 2010] Principles of Social Theory
  • CRIM 2100 [SOCI 2100] Social Research Methods
  • CRIM 2124 [SOCI 2124] Social Inequality & Justice
  • CRIM 2303 Introduction to Criminology
  • CRIM 2304 Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • Nine (9) credit hours in Arts at the 2000 level or above
  • Six (6) credit hours of electives

Year 3:

  • CRIM 3010 [SOCI 3010] Classical Theory
  • CRIM 3011 Contemporary Criminological Theory
  • CRIM 3100 [SOCI 3100] Qualitative Research Methods
  • CRIM 3102 [SOCI 3102] Quantitative Research Methods
  • Six (6) credit hours in CRIM at the 3000 level
  • Six (6) credit hours in Arts at the 2000 level or above
  • Six (6) credit hours of electives

Year 4:

  • Six (6) credit hours in CRIM or SOCI at the 4000 level
  • Three (3) credit hours at the 3000 level not listed above from SOCI or CRIM
  • Nine (9) credit hours in Arts at the 2000 level or above
  • Twelve (12) credit hours of electives

Honours Program

This is a selective program. Applicants for admission must:

  • have completed at least 60 credit hours;
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 out of 4.3;
  • have a cumulative GPA in Criminology courses of 3.30 out of 4.3;
  • have a faculty member’s written agreement to serve as a supervisor for the honours thesis, CRIM 4601.

The deadline for application is 1 April of the year before students wish to begin the honours program.

For honours in Criminology, students must complete sixty- three (63) credit hours as follows:

a. Major Core Courses

  • SOCI 1210 Introductory Sociology (minimum grade C)
  • SOCI 1211 Social Power Relations (minimum grade C)
  • CRIM 2010 [SOCI 2010] Principles of Social Theory
  • CRIM 2100 [SOCI 2100] Social Research Methods
  • CRIM 2124 [SOCI 2124] Social Inequality & Justice
  • CRIM 2303 Introduction to Criminology
  • CRIM 2304 Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • CRIM 3010 [SOCI 3010] Classical Theory
  • CRIM 3011 Contemporary Criminological Theory
  • CRIM 3100 [SOCI 3100] Qualitative Research Methods
  • CRIM 3102 [SOCI 3102] Quantitative Research Methods

b. Honours Core Courses

c. Six (6) credit hours in CRIM at the 3000 level

d. Twelve (12) credit hours in CRIM at the 4000 level.

To graduate, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of
3.30 out of 4.3 in Criminology courses as well as earn a grade of B+ in CRIM 4601.


Concentration in Criminology

Students in a ninety (90) credit hour B.A. program with a concentration in CRIM are required to complete twenty-four (24) CRIM credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.00. Courses cross-listed with Sociology may not be double counted if students choose to complete a double concentration in Sociology and Criminology. Required courses are as follows:

  • SOCI 1210 Introductory Sociology (minimum grade C)
  • SOCI 1211 Social Power Relations (minimum grade C)
  • CRIM 2010 [SOCI 2010] Principles of Social Theory
  • CRIM 2100 [SOCI 2100] Social Research Methods
  • CRIM 2124 [SOCI 2124] Social Inequality & Justice
  • CRIM 2303 Introduction to Criminology
  • CRIM 2304 Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • 3 additional credit hours in CRIM

Minor Program in Criminology

The minor in criminology requires twenty-four (24) credit hours in criminology completed with a minimum grade point average of C. Required courses include:

  • SOCI 1210 Introductory Sociology (minimum grade C)
  • SOCI 1211 Social Power Relations (minimum grade C)
  • CRIM 2303 Introduction to Criminology
  • CRIM 2304 Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • An additional 12 credit hours in CRIM at the 2000, 3000, or 4000 level

Note: For students enrolled in the minor program in criminology and the major program in sociology, only 6 credit hours of cross-listed courses may be double counted to meet program requirements.