The Certificate in Criminology is designed for members of the community who have a special interest in the structure and administration of criminal justice. The program is of particular interest to persons engaged in law enforcement, corrections and rehabilitation.


To be eligible for the Certificate in Criminology a student must complete the following:

1) Fifteen credit hours including Psychology 1000; Sociology 3290, 3395; one of Political Science 1000, 1010, 2710; and one of Sociology 1000, 2000.

2) Six credit hours chosen from the following where a maximum of 3 credit hours can be in one subject area:

Anthropology 2492; Political Science 2000, 2710, 3720, 3741; Psychology 2012, 2100, 2800, 3533, 3640; Social Work 2510, 3510, 3721, 4612, 5112; Sociology 2100, 2230, 2250, 3120.

Note: In some cases, students may substitute one optional course not listed in section 2, that has relevance to their area of speciality and to the field of criminology. Students may submit their request, in writing, to the Program Developer, Certificate Programs, School of Continuing Education. The Advisory Committee will consider the request. Permission to substitute must be obtained prior to the student enrolling in or completing the course.

3) Two of Criminology 1302, 1303, 3301.

Note: Criminology 3301 Selected Topics in Criminology is not offered on a regular basis. Students may enroll in this course several times as content changes, however it may be applied to the certificate only once.


Certificate courses are specially designed courses relating to specific areas of study for which no equivalent degree credit course exists and are not applicable towards an existing diploma or degree program.

1302. Criminal Procedure and the Administration of Criminal Justice. This course examines the flow of criminal matters through the criminal justice system. Topics include the investigation into criminal complaints, search and seizure, arrest, release (bail), elections and pleas, preliminary inquiries, trials, sentencing, appeals and the ultimate disposition.

1303. Corrections in the Criminal Justice System. The role of corrections in the Canadian criminal justice system seems to be in constant change. These changes will be reviewed, updated and evaluated as we look at the two-dimensional role of corrections in justice: correctional institutions (prisons) and the community/after-care functions. Includes a review of new Canadian legislation affecting the above areas, as well as an examination of sentencing options and the Canadian pardon system.

3301. Selected Topics in Criminology.

Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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