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Think critically about crime and the criminal justice system.


Explore the dynamics of victims, criminals, and crime and how to respond within a complex criminal justice system.

The Criminology program at Laurentian University focuses on the relationships between social inequities, crime, and violence in today’s society and on particular social groups in conflict with the law. The four-year Criminology degree is offered on campus. It is also offered online as a concentration or minor.

In class, you’ll study the minds of criminals, the reasons people commit crimes, and how to prevent crime. You’ll also explore criminological theories, the criminal justice system’s institutions, the social and economic explanations of crime, racial profiling, and policing. Courses utilize a critical lens to evaluate how crime intersects with youth, media, the state, corporations, mass media, healthcare, legislation, and Indigenous peoples.

You’ll gain hands-on experience by engaging with community members and attending guest lectures. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in field placements.

Once you graduate, you’ll receive a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, preparing you for many careers in law, justice, and corrections. You can also choose to continue your studies in law school or pursue a Master’s degree or PhD.

Key Features

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Gain theoretical and practical knowledge in the criminal justice system and its affiliated institutions.
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Examine case studies and precedents in Ontario and nationwide to gain criminological and historical knowledge.
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Learn about community organizations that engage in social justice issues and everyday problem solving and use the skills and expertise gained to further your career goals.

Career Opportunities

Criminology graduates are well-prepared for diverse careers, including, but not limited to:

  • Border patrol officer
  • Child and youth worker
  • Community outreach worker
  • Community safety
  • Corrections officer
  • Customs and immigration officer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Probation officer
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Youth services officer

With additional training, graduates can also become lawyers, social workers, police or law enforcement officers, and much more.

Mikela Rifou

Mikela Rifou

Many of my most memorable academic experiences have been shaped by the amazing courses I have enrolled in here at Laurentian. I find the criminology professors engaging and passionate, allowing the students to absorb course material easily and feel encouraged to participate and express their thoughts. Having had the opportunity to actively engage with attorneys and law enforcement officials has enhanced my understanding of criminology through real-world conversations and experiences. Alongside gaining a solid foundation in criminological ideas, I have also improved my ability to think critically outside the classroom.

Mikela Rifou

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