Police Studies Major

Since Fall 2008, Memorial University has offered a multi-disciplinary 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 environment. Please note: The Major in Police Studies is intended to promote critical thinking about social issues in a policing environment. It does not constitute a professional qualification in policing.

This Multi-disciplinary Major program is offered to candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts. It is offered in conjunction with a minor in a single discipline. In order to be awarded a BA with a Major in Police Studies, candidates must complete all the requirements of the BA.

The Police Studies major also recognizes prior learning assessment recognition (PLAR) in the case of experienced police officers. Officers like RNC Deputy Chief William Janes and Constable Todd Barron, both of whom graduated with a BA in Police Studies in 2012. See this news item for more details on this program.

The Police Studies Major program is administered through the Department of Sociology.

If you have any questions related to the Major in Police Studies, please contact:

Renee Shute
Office: AA 4080
Email: rshute@mun.ca
Phone: 864-7454


Dr. Alan Hall