Police Studies Major

*An Important Message to All Students Planning to Apply to the RNC Cadet Program, November 8, 2017. To read the message click here.

Since Fall 2008, Memorial University has offered a multi-disciplinary major in Police Studies. The Major in Police Studies is an interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences 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.

Please note: The Major in Police Studies is intended to promote critical thinking about social issues in a policing environment. It does not constitute a professional qualification in policing.

This Multi-disciplinary Major program is offered to candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts. It is offered in conjunction with a minor in a single discipline. In order to be awarded a BA with a Major in Police Studies, candidates must complete all the requirements of the BA.

The Police Studies major also recognizes prior learning assessment recognition (PLAR) in the case of experienced police officers. Officers like RNC Deputy Chief William Janes and Constable Todd Barron, both of whom graduated with a BA in Police Studies in 2012. See this news item for more details on this program.

The Police Studies Major program is administered through the Department of Sociology.


Students are invited to contact the Undergraduate Liaison. Please see http://www.mun.ca/hss/about/contact/liaisons.php for current contact information.


Department of Sociology

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552