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 are 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.
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.
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.
Students interested in a Certificate in Criminology are first encouraged to consult with the Program Director to discuss the requirements of the program. After consultation with the Program Director, 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.
The Certificate in Criminology consists of 21 credit hours as prescribed below. Six credit hours must be at the 3000-level or higher.
12 credit hours in Sociology 1000, Criminology 1001 or Sociology 1001 (or the former Police Studies 2300 or the former Sociology 2300), Criminology 3290 or Sociology 3290; and Criminology 3395 (or the former Police Studies 3395) or Sociology 3395;
3 credit hours in Law and Society 1000 or the former Law and Society 2000; and
6 additional credit hours chosen from Elective Courses for the Certificate in Criminology, of which 3 credit hours must be from Criminology, Law and Public Policy (or Law and Society), Political Science, or Psychology.
Not all courses are offered every semester. Students are strongly advised to consult with the Program Director for assistance with course planning.
Students are advised to generally follow the suggested course sequencing presented in Suggested Course Sequencing for the Certificate in Criminology.
Eligible 4000-level credit hours may be substituted following the process outlined in General Regulations for Certificate Programs.
Prior to the Fall 2021 semester, all current Criminology (CRIM) courses offered through the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences were designated Police Studies (PLST).
Criminology 2200 or the former Police Studies 2200, Criminology 2400 or the former Police Studies 1000 or the former Police Studies 2000, Criminology 3100 or the former Police Studies 3100, Criminology 4212 or the former Police Studies 4212 or Sociology 4212
Criminology 3306 or Sociology 3306 or the former Police Studies 3306, Criminology 4080 or Sociology 4080 or the former Police Studies 4080, Criminology 4099 or Sociology 4099 or the former Police Studies 4099, Criminology 4212 or Sociology 4212 or the former Police Studies 4212
Law and Society 1000 or the former Law and Society 2000
Law and Public Policy 3315 (or the former LWSO 3015), Law and Public Policy 3620 or Political Science 3620, Law and Public Policy 3820 or Political Science 3820, Law and Public Policy 3825 or Political Science 3825 (or the former LWSO 2000), Law and Public Policy 3830 or Political Science 3830 (or the former LWSO 3830), Law and Public Policy 4630
Next 9 credit hours: Criminology 1001 or the former Police Studies 2300 or the former Sociology 2300, Criminology 3290 or Sociology 3290, Criminology 3395 or Sociology 3395 or the former Police Studies 3395
Final 6 credit hours: two additional approved courses, one of which must be from Criminology, Law and Public Policy, Political Science, or Psychology
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 Criminology 4080 and 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.
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.