Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2014/2015)
11.23 Police Studies

www.mun.ca/interdisciplinary/police/

Acting Program Co-ordinator: Associate Dean of Arts (Undergraduate)

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. The Major in Police Studies does not constitute a qualification in policing.

Police Studies course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Arts section under Course Descriptions, Police Studies and are designated by PLST.

11.23.1 Advising

Due to the nature of interdisciplinary programming, students must carefully plan their course selection and regularly consult with the Program Co-ordinator. Questions about the delivery of a course should be directed to the appropriate academic unit. Students should contact the Co-ordinator to discuss the planning of their program by June 1st for Fall admission and by October 1st for Winter admission.

11.23.2 Declaring the Interdisciplinary Major in Police Studies

Students wishing to declare a Major in Police Studies shall consult with the Program Co-ordinator to discuss the requirements of the program. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Arts is available at www.mun.ca/arts/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

11.23.3 Regulations for the Interdisciplinary Major in Police Studies
  1. A Major in Police Studies consists of all the general requirements of the Bachelor of Arts program, including a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses selected from Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses for the Major in Police Studies and Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses for the Major in Police Studies below as follows:

    1. courses from a minimum of any three Arts disciplines, and no more than 15 credit hours in any one Arts discipline other than Police Studies;

    2. a minimum of 15 credit hours in Police Studies courses, including PLST 2000, at least one of 3000 or 3500, and at least one of 4000 or 4001;

    3. a minimum of 9 additional credit hours chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses for the Major in Police Studies. Sociology 3040 and 3041 are recommended choices; and

    4. a minimum of 12 additional credit hours selected from Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses for the Major in Police Studies and/or Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses for the Major in Police Studies including at least one further 4000-level course.

  2. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, students completing a Major in Police Studies must also choose a single-discipline Minor or a single-discipline Major.

11.23.4 Recognition of Qualifications for Experienced Officers

Subject to the prior approval of the Program Co-ordinator, individuals who have completed a recognized Canadian police cadet training program and experienced police officers who have completed eligible qualifications through recognized post-secondary institutions may be eligible to receive credit at the undergraduate level that may, in turn, be used towards meeting the requirements for the Major in Police Studies. 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.

11.23.5 Course List
  1. Interdisciplinary programs provide exposure to courses in various disciplines within the Faculty of Arts. Table 1 core courses are Faculty of Arts courses that are fundamental to the program of study. Subject to the program regulations, they may be supplemented with Table 2 courses whose Calendar entry establishes an emphasis on the scholarly study of specific social, legal, institutional and/or political contexts of policing. Not all courses are necessarily offered each year. Students must be careful not to register for different designations of the same course that is crosslisted with different departments. Normal departmental prerequisites for courses are applicable.

  2. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, up to 6 credit hours obtained in undergraduate courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland that are not listed in the Faculty of Arts Course Descriptions may be deemed eligible towards the Major in Police Studies. Undergraduate courses not delivered by the Faculty of Arts that have been approved as Table 2 electives include Education 3255, 3620; Psychology 2150, 2440, 2800, 3640; Social Work 1710.

    Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses for the Major in Police Studies

    1000 and 2000 Level Courses

    3000 Level Courses

    4000 Level Courses

    Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses for the Major in Police Studies

    1000 and 2000 Level Courses

    3000 Level Courses

    4000 Level Courses

11.23.6 Previous Calendar Regulations

In accordance with UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Degree and Departmental Regulations, Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations - Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science, candidates for the former Major in Police Studies who had completed a 2000-level course or above in that program prior to September 2014 will normally follow the program regulations in effect at that time. Such students may instead elect to follow the Major in Police Studies program regulations outlined in this version of the Calendar. These “grandparented” students are encouraged to consult the Program Co-ordinator for assistance with course selection.