Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2020/2021)
8.6 Certificate in Criminology

The Certificate in Criminology is administered by the 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.

8.6.1 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Certificate Regulations

Students intending to complete a certificate program within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences must meet the Admission requirements as outlined in the University Calendar. Students are also advised to consult the University Calendar regarding General Regulations for Certificate Programs and Graduation Requirements.

8.6.2 Advising

Throughout their program of study, students shall contact an academic advisor 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.

A tentative list of upcoming course offerings in the program can be found at www.mun.ca/hss/courses.php.

8.6.3 Declaring the Certificate in Criminology

Students interested in a Certificate in Criminology are first encouraged to consult with the Program Coordinator to discuss the requirements of the program. After consultation with the Coordinator, students wishing to enroll in the certificate can declare a Certificate in Criminology by contacting the Office of the Registrar. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

8.6.4 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.

  1. 12 credit hours in Sociology 1000, Sociology 2300 or Police Studies 2300, Sociology 3290; and Sociology 3395 or Police Studies 3395;

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

  3. 6 additional credit hours chosen from Table 1 Elective Courses for the Certificate in Criminology, of which 3 credit hours must be from Law and Society, Police Studies, Political Science, or Psychology.

Not all courses are offered every semester. Students are strongly advised to consult with the Program Coordinator 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 Elective Courses for the Certificate in Criminology
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 or Police Studies 2300, Sociology 3290, Sociology 3395 or Police Studies 3395
  • Final 6 credit hours: two additional approved courses, one of which must be from Law and Society, Police Studies, Political Science or Psychology

Eligible 4000-level credit hours may be substituted following the process outlined in General Regulations for Certificate Programs.

8.6.5 Approved Course Substitutions for the Certificate in Criminology
  1. Psychology 3626 (Grenfell) may be substituted for Psychology 3640 or 3650.

  2. Any one of Psychology 2910, 2911, 2920, or 2925 (Grenfell) or Sociology 3040 or 3041 may, for the purposes of this Certificate, be substituted for Sociology 2300.

8.6.6 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. As well, as 6 credit hours in Sociology is the prerequisite for Sociology 4080, and Sociology 3040 and 3150 are prerequisites for Sociology 4099, enrollment priority will be given to students who have declared a Sociology Major and / or Criminology certificate.

8.6.7 Regulations Concerning the Former Lifelong Learning Certificate in Criminology

A Humanities and Social Sciences Certificate in Criminology cannot be awarded to those who have already been awarded a Certificate in Criminology through the former Division of Lifelong Learning.