The undergraduate program in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a sound foundation for the understanding of crime and the administration of justice in Canada and abroad, 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 disciplines such as:

  • History
  • Political science
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Economics

The examination of issues of social and ethical responsibility is an inherent component in the Criminology and Sociolegal Studies program. The courses frequently challenge the student’s perception of how the interests of various groups shape the manner in which society responds to unwanted behaviour.

The program explores the nature of crime and the complexities in how society responds to it and the conflicting values inherent in the criminal justice system. Areas of study include:

  • Crime and criminal behaviour
  • Theories of crime causation
  • Criminal justice
  • Principles and themes of Canadian criminal law
  • An introduction to the criminal justice system

Students in the major and specialist programs have an opportunity to choose 300 and 400 level courses based on their areas of interest, for example, youth, gender, mental disorders, and law.

In addition to further examining major criminal justice institutions and processes for law enforcement and punishment, students in the Specialist program gain in-depth knowledge of theories and research methodology used in the field of criminology and sociolegal studies.