Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2012/2013)
9.26 Police Studies

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.

9.26.1 Major Program

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.

9.26.2 Major Regulations

Students who major in Police Studies shall complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses which shall include the following: Core Courses
  1. Police Studies 2000, Police Studies 3000, Police Studies 4000 or 4001

  2. 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:

    1. a maximum of 6 credit hours at the 1000 level;

    2. a maximum of 9 additional credit hours at the 2000 level;

    3. a minimum of 9 additional credit hours at the 3000 level or above; and

    4. a minimum of 3 additional credit hours at the 4000 level Elective Courses

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.