Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2016/2017)
7.10 Diploma in Police Studies

www.mun.ca/plst

Undergraduate Advisor: Dr. A. Hall, Department of Sociology

The Diploma Program in Police Studies is offered exclusively to students who are recruit cadets of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC). The program provides recruit cadets with academic components of a degree program relevant to their future work as police officers.

Police Studies course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences section under Course Descriptions, Sociology, Police Studies and are designated as PLST.

7.10.1 Advising

Throughout their program of study, students taking the Diploma in Police Studies shall contact the Program Coordinator for assistance with course planning, declaring their program of study, prerequisite and registration issues, and with questions about the eligibility of any courses not listed here. The Coordinator shall normally communicate a tentative schedule of upcoming course offerings to students so that they can plan accordingly.

7.10.2 Declaring

Students cannot self-declare this program. Each year the Office of the Registrar is provided with a listing of students accepted into the RNC cadet training program and identifies them as admitted into the Diploma in Police Studies program.

7.10.3 Admission Requirements

Students wishing to complete the Diploma in Police Studies should consult with the Academic Planning Manager. Information about diploma programs offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/diplomas/.

Admission to the Diploma program is limited and competitive. Applicants to the Diploma program must have been accepted as recruit cadets of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and satisfy UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Admission/Readmission to the University (Undergraduate). In addition, at the time of admission, applicants must have completed either 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.

7.10.4 Program of Study
  1. Following admission to the Diploma program and until completion of all Diploma program requirements, students must be enrolled in a full course load of 15 credit hours in each of the Fall and Winter semesters.

  2. With approval from the appropriate department(s), cadet candidates may be deemed to have met some or all of the program prerequisites. In these situations, prerequisite waivers must be approved prior to a student's enrollment in the Diploma in Police Studies program. Any such prerequisite waiver will only be applicable to the Diploma in Police Studies program and in the Cadet class for which the candidate is applying. Waiver approvals are not an indication of approval for transfer credit. A student may apply for transfer credit through the Office of the Registrar.

  3. Students must complete a total of 30 credit hours as outlined under Table 1 Required Courses for the Diploma in Police Studies. By virtue of admission to the program with prior university experience, students are expected to be prepared to complete courses in Police Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology at the 2000-level and higher. A student who completed a Table 1 course prior to admission to the Diploma in Police Studies and obtained a final grade lower than B is strongly encouraged to retake that course.

  4. In order to maintain a full course load (15 credit hours)1 students who completed a required Table 1 course with a B or higher grade prior to admission to the Diploma program will normally substitute an alternate course selected from Table 2 Approved Alternate Courses for the Diploma in Police Studies. For these students only, a Table 1 course at the 2000 level or below may be substituted with a Table 2 course at the 2000 level or below, and a Table 1 course at the 3000 level or above may be substituted with a Table 2 course at the 3000 level or above. Table 2 alternate courses have a Calendar entry that clearly establishes an emphasis on the study of policing, law, crime and/or violence, normally in the context of modern day Canadian society. Other Humanities and Social Science courses whose Calendar entry clearly pertains to these subject areas and/or social diversity may be eligible. Students should speak with the Program Coordinator for information.

Table 1 Required Courses for the Diploma in Police Studies

Term

Required Courses

  • Fall
  • (15 credit hours)
  • Winter
  • (15 credit hours)
Table 2 Approved Alternate Courses for the Diploma in Police Studies
7.10.5 Continuation Requirements
  1. Students dismissed as recruit cadets by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary will be automatically dropped from the Diploma in Police Studies program.

  2. Eligible credit hours completed as part of the Diploma in Police Studies program may be used towards other Humanities and Social Sciences programs, including the Major in Police Studies, provided that they are in accordance with the regulations governing the program.

7.10.6 Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for awarding of the Diploma in Police Studies students must meet the graduation requirements as outlined in Diploma Programs Offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Graduation Requirements.