Police Studies

What is police studies?

Police studies is the academic study of the different facets of police institutions and practices through which students understand the legal, political, and social influences shaping policing and its impacts on crime and society.


Police studies at Memorial

The major in police studies is intended to promote critical thinking about social issues in a policing environment. This program would be beneficial for students with a scholarly interest in policing, corrections or law enforcement. It has been specifically designed to address the demands of police work, with many courses available through distance learning.


Sample courses and degree map

PLST 2200 - Introduction to Corrections
PLST 3100 - Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
PLST 3500 - Investigative Interviewing

Police studies degree map

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Career opportunities

  • Police officer
  • Corrections officer


Program Information

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences




Bachelor of Arts


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



4 years


Fall, winter and spring semesters

Application Deadline:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:

  • March 1 for fall admission
  • Oct. 1 for winter admission
  • Feb. 1 for spring admission

Supplementary Application:



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