History of the Undergraduate Programs

The undergraduate program in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies is an interdisciplinary program which provides students with a sound foundation for the understanding of crime, the administration of justice in Canada, and, more generally, the processes of social order and disorder. Criminology and Sociolegal Studies incorporates theory, research methods, and knowledge from a wide range of other disciplines such as history, political science, sociology, law, psychology, economics, and philosophy.

In 1963, the Centre of Criminology was established as a research and graduate teaching institution at the University of Toronto, the first of its kind in Canada. Faculty members from the Centre began teaching undergraduate Arts and Science courses in Criminology at Woodsworth College in 1976. The major program was organized in 1981, and the specialist program was added in 1999. There are more than 500 undergraduates enrolled in the program, many of whom register in two or three program courses each year.

In 2013, the undergraduate Criminology program became integrated with the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and the program was renamed Criminology and Sociolegal Studies.  The close relationship between the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies  and Woodsworth College will help to foster even greater academic excellence for students enrolled in the Criminology and Sociolegal Studies program as they will continue to benefit from the rich academic support services and facilities available at the College, including the Academic Writing Centre.  Woodsworth College remains the home of the Undergraduate Program Office and the Criminology and Sociolegal Studies Students’ Association, CRIMSA.