Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2014/2015)
8.4 Certificate in Criminology

www.mun.ca/arts/programs/undergraduate/diplomas/certificate_criminology.php

Program Co-ordinator: Dr. R. Ricciardelli, Department of Sociology

The Certificate in Criminology is designed for those who are interested in the study of criminality, crime, deviance, and the correctional systems more broadly. Program participants will be introduced to the foundational knowledge related to the Canadian legal system, law, justice and correctional systems, with a provincial and federal focus. They will gain a more complex understanding of the social structures and practices of criminal justice as well as what constitutes positive practice for persons working in corrections or criminal justice more generally. Students will be introduced to the theoretical, legal, methodological, practical, and ethical debates in criminology, which will allow participants to more effectively analyze and understand their work in law enforcement, corrections and rehabilitation. The program will be of particular interest to persons engaged in law enforcement, corrections, social work, and rehabilitation, as well as persons studying society, and individuals seeking work in not-for-profit and charitable organizations that foster positive social growth.

8.4.1 Advising

Throughout their program of study, students for a Certificate in Criminology shall contact the Program Co-ordinator 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 Co-ordinator shall normally communicate a tentative schedule of upcoming course offerings to students so that they can plan accordingly.

8.4.2 Declaring the Certificate in Criminology

Students wishing to declare a Certificate in Criminology 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.

8.4.3 Regulations for the Certificate in Criminology

The Certificate in Criminology consists of 21 credit hours as prescribed below. Six credit hours must be at the 3000-level or higher and no more than 15 credit hours shall be in a single discipline:

  1. 3 credit hours in Sociology 1000;

  2. 3 credit hours in either Law and Society 1000 or Law and Society 2000;

  3. 3 credit hours in either Psychology 2920 or Sociology 2300;

  4. 6 credit hours in Sociology 3290 and Sociology 3395; and

  5. 6 additional credit hours at the 2000-level or above chosen from Table 1 Courses Approved for the Certificate in Criminology, Other Approved Courses.

Not all courses are offered every semester. Students are strongly advised to consult with the Program Co-ordinator for assistance with course planning.

Students are advised to generally follow the suggested course sequencing presented in Table 2 Suggested Course Sequencing for the Certificate in Criminology.

Table 1 Courses Approved for the Certificate in Criminology

Core Courses

Other Approved Courses

Table 2 Suggested Course Sequencing for the Certificate in Criminology
  • First 6 credit hours: Law and Society 1000, Sociology 1000
  • Next 9 credit hours: Sociology 2300, 3290, 3395
  • Final 6 credit hours: two additional approved courses, one in a discipline other than Sociology
8.4.4 Course Prerequisites

Normal course prerequisites will apply. Students should note that Psychology 1000 and 1001 are prerequisites (in addition to the 21 credit hours specified for the certificate) for Psychology 2920.

8.4.5 Regulations Concerning the Former Lifelong Learning Certificate in Criminology

An Arts Certificate in Criminology cannot be awarded to those who have already been awarded a Certificate in Criminology through the former Division of Lifelong Learning