Police Studies


Diploma in Police Studies

The diploma in police studies is a one-year program of academic and experiential learning offered in partnership with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC). It is offered only to students who have been accepted as recruits with the RNC.

Academic requirements for admission to the RNC/MUN police studies diploma program would normally include the completion of a university degree in any discipline from a recognized university, or have completed at a post-secondary institution, the equivalent of 15 credit hours, which should normally include 6 credit hours in English, and/or Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, 6 credit hours in Psychology, and 3 credit hours in Sociology. Applicants who complete courses at this University are strongly encouraged to complete Political Science 1001 as part of their Critical Reading and Writing Requirement credit hours.

These credits can also be transferred from the College of the North Atlantic’s CAS Transfer Program. Programs from other recognized post-secondary institutions may also be considered.

Candidates must also successfully complete an application to the RNC which involves:

  • physical requirements
  • psychological testing
  • an interview process

The RNC application form can be downloaded from the RNC website www.rnc.gov.nl.ca/careers/



Major in Police Studies

The Major in Police Studies is an interdisciplinary arts program that aims to promote the academic study of different facets of police institutions and practices, including the legal, political and social contexts in which they operate. This program would be beneficial for students with a scholarly interest in policing, corrections or law enforcement, including those who have completed the Diploma in Police Studies, experienced police officers, and others working in a policing or law enforcement environment. The major in police studies does not constitute a qualification in policing. Additional information can be found at www.mun.ca/plst.

Courses available in first year

Police Studies 2000
An Introduction to Policing in Canada will examine the organization of policing, its mandate and operation. It will provide an overview of the history and development of policing in Canada; examples from Newfoundland and Labrador will be used where appropriate. It will discuss the various roles and responsibilities of the police in society. It will explore the issue of police decision making, the exercise of police powers and the use of discretion by police officers. Several other issues relating to policing will be discussed including police recruitment and training, the professional role of the police, stress on the job and policing in a diverse society.
Lectures: Three lecture hours per week when offered on campus; also offered via distance.
Prerequisite: None

Police Studies 2200
Introduction to Corrections introduces students to the Correctional Systems in Canada and their role in Canadian Criminal Justice. Topics covered in this course include: the evolution of punishment and corrections in Canada, the purpose of prison, the classification of federal prisoners, the prisoner subculture or ‘inmate’ code, violence inside prisons, and community corrections after full custody incarceration.
Lectures: Offered via distance
Prerequisite: None

Sample program for first year

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in police studies will normally take the following courses in their first year:

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
English 1090critical reading and writing (CRW) course from major subject area
language study (LS) courselanguage study (LS) course
quantitative reasoning course (QR)quantitative reasoning course (QR)
PLST 2000course from Table 1



For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre, advice@mun.ca



Contact Information

For additional information please contact:
Renee Shute, Academic Program Manager, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Dr. Alan Hall, Program Liaison, alanh@mun.ca




Guide to First Year

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