Acting Program Co-ordinator: Associate Dean of Arts (Undergraduate)
This major program in Police Studies would be most beneficial for students who have completed the Diploma in Police Studies, for experienced police officers and for others working in a policing environment, and for those interested in any aspect of policing, corrections or law enforcement, who wish to obtain a university degree. While students who successfully complete the Diploma in Police Studies Program are guaranteed probationary employment with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC), no such arrangement exists with regard to those students admitted to the major in Police Studies.
The major program in Police Studies is intended to promote critical thinking about social issues to those working in a policing environment.
Police Studies course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Arts section under Course Descriptions, Police Studies.
The multi-disciplinary Major in Police Studies program is offered to students completing the Degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). It is offered in conjunction with a minor in a single discipline. In order to be awarded a B.A. with a Major in Police Studies, students must complete all the requirements of the B.A. as outlined under Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts. Students should contact the Program Coordinator by June 1st for Fall admission and by October 1st for Winter to discuss the planning of their program.
As is the case with any multi-disciplinary program, it is the students' responsibility to ensure that they have the necessary prerequisites to complete the program. For purposes of entry into the courses offered by participating departments, departmental heads will be asked to make every effort to offer places to these students as early as possible in the registration process.
Students who major in Police Studies shall complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses which shall include the following:
Students are required to complete an additional 27 credit hours in at least three different disciplines and chosen from the Elective Courses list below including:
a maximum of 6 credit hours at the 1000 level;
a maximum of 9 additional credit hours at the 2000 level;
a minimum of 9 additional credit hours at the 3000 level or above; and
a minimum of 3 additional credit hours at the 4000 level
The normal departmental prerequisites are applicable, but Department Heads may waive course prerequisites in cases where alternate preparation can be demonstrated. Previous specialized police training may be approved for unspecified credits which may be applied to the elective requirements of the Major in Police Studies only. It is recommended that students interested in applying to the RNC wait to enrol and complete Police Studies 3500 as part of that program.
Courses may be selected from the following list, and/or as approved by the Program Coordinator.
- Anthropology 2260, 2350, 3100, 3240
- Archaeology 2492
- Business 1000, 1101, 1210, 2000, 2102, 2210, 2301, 3320, 4320
- Economics 3150
- English 2010, 2700
- Education 3255, 3620, 4240, 4260, 4420
- Folklore 2230
- Gender Studies 1000, 2005
- History 3120, 3560, 3813
- Human Kinetics and Recreation 1000, 1001, 2005, 4330
- Law and Society 2000, 4000
- Philosophy 2552, 2591
- Police Studies 3100, 3200, 3500, 4000, 4001
- Political Science 1000, 1010, 2800 (or the former 2710), Political Science 3610 (or the former 3741), Political Science 3620 (or the former 3521), Political Science 3681 (or the former 3791), Political Science 3820 (or the former 3720), Political Science 3880 (or the former 3780)
- Psychology 2010, 2011, 2100, 2120, 2150, 2440, 2540, 2610, 2800, 2810, 3533, 3640
- Religious Studies 1000, 2350, 2610, 3650
- Social Work 1710, 2520, 3310
- Sociology 2210, 2230, 2270, 3040, 3120, 3180, 3290, 3306, 3318, 3395, 3731, 4095, 4210, 4212
- Statistics 2500, 2501