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 meet UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS and complete all the requirements of the B.A. as outlined under Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts.
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.
Graduates of the Atlantic Police Academy (APA) Police Sciences Technology Program, Holland College, Prince Edward Island; the RCMP Depot Division Cadet Training Program; or the pre-APA program offered through the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) for cadet training will normally be awarded up to 30 credit hours at an unspecified level in the Police Studies subject area. Qualifications from other recognized police training programs may be considered on an individual basis.
This credit may be used only towards the Bachelor of Arts, Major in Police Studies program to meet up to 18 of the 27 elective credit hours required for the Major as outlined below. Any remaining unspecified credit hours in the Police Studies subject area may be used in part to satisfy the Arts elective credit hour requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts.
In addition, Officers who have completed either the Senior Police Administration Course (SPAC) through the Canadian Police College or the Supervisory Leadership Program (SLP) through Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Gardiner Centre may be awarded up to 15 credit hours in the Police Studies subject area.
An Application for Transfer Credit Evaluation, including official documentation confirming program completion, must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar to have training assessed and recognized for transfer credit. The Application may be obtained at www.mun.ca/regoff/admission/Transfer_Credit_Evaluation_2013.pdf or in-person at the Office of the Registrar.
The following three courses, 9 credit hours are required:
Students must complete a minimum of nine courses, 27 credit hours in elective courses as follows:
Normally, courses must be chosen from at least three different disciplines from the Major in Police Studies Elective Courses Table 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
Substitutions must be approved by the Program Coordinator prior to enrollment.
Students awarded credit in the Police Studies subject area as outlined under Recognition of Qualifications for Police Officers above may use these credits to meet up to 18 of the 27 required credit hours in elective courses. In this case, students will complete 9 additional credit hours chosen from the Major in Police Studies Elective Courses Table below including:
a minimum of 6 credit hours at the 3000 level, and
a minimum of 3 credit hours at the 4000 level.
While normal departmental prerequisites are applicable, Department Heads may waive prerequisites in cases where alternate preparation can be demonstrated.