Certificate in Criminology

The Certificate in Criminology is designed for those who are interested in the study of criminality, crime, deviance, and the correctional systems more broadly. Program participants will be introduced to the foundational knowledge related to the Canadian legal system, law, justice and correctional systems, with a provincial and federal focus. They will gain a more complex understanding of the social structures and practices of criminal justice as well as what constitutes positive practice for persons working in corrections or criminal justice more generally. Students will be introduced to the theoretical, legal, methodological, practical, and ethical debates in criminology, which will allow participants to more effectively analyze and understand their work in law enforcement, corrections and rehabilitation. The program will be of particular interest to persons engaged in law enforcement, corrections, social work, and rehabilitation, as well as persons studying society, individuals seeking work in not-for-profit and charitable organizations that foster positive social growth.

Regulations for the Certificate in Criminology

To be eligible for the Certificate in Criminology a student must complete the following:

  • Three credit hours in SOCI 1000;
  • Three credit hours in LWSO 1000 or LWSO 2000;
  • Three credit hours in either PSYC 2920 or SOCI 2300;
  • Six credit hours in SOCI 3290 and SOCI 3395; and
  • Six additional credit hours at the 2000-level or above chosen from: LWSO 2000; PHIL 2591 PLST 2000; PLST 2200; PLST 3100; POSC 3620; POSC 3820; PSYC 2150; PSYC 2800; PSYC 3640; SOCI 3306; SOCI 4212; SOCI 4080; SOCI 4099

* Not all courses are offered every semester.

In some cases, a student may substitute a degree specific research methods course for either PSYCH 2920 or SOCI 2300. A student may submit his/her request, in writing, to the Coordinator of the Certificate Program. The Coordinator will consider the request. Permission to substitute must be obtained prior to the student enrolling in or completing the course.

Declaring an Arts Certificate: Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Arts is available on the Faculty of Arts website.

For detailed course descriptions on courses offered, please refer to the online University Calendar at http://www.mun.ca/regoff/calendar.

Anyone with questions regarding the Certificate in Criminology can contact the coordinator for the program:

Dr. Rose Ricciardelli
Email: rricciardell@mun.ca
Office: AA 4064
Phone: 864 7446


Note: The above information concerns the Faculty of Arts’ Certificate in Criminology, which was launched in September 2014. Students who are eligible to pursue the former Division of Lifelong Learning’s Certificate in Criminology, which has otherwise been discontinued, should contact the program coordinator for assistance with course selection.