Criminology Undergraduate

 

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (Criminology Major, 3-year) and Batchelor of Arts (B.A.) (Criminology Honours, 4-year) are two of the popular programs offered in the Department of Sociology. First year students who wish to pursue either program must take Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1200). This six credit-hour course introduces the student to the field of criminology, its perspective, its basic concepts and principles, its methods of analysis, and its major sub-fields. This course is a prerequisite for all other Sociology and Criminology courses, and students must complete it with a minimum grade of C.

For information on and important program requirements in the Honours Program, please see the Honours Program Page here.

Detailed information on the course requirements for the 3-year General Major and 4-year single Honours degree in criminology are provided in the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Calendar.

As a guide to helping students select courses to fulfil the criminology major or honours course requirements, three different clusters of criminology-related courses are outlined below:

Law and Society Cluster

Sociologists interested in exploring the law-society relation focus on questions pertaining to the extent to which law reproduces social inequalities that prevail in the wider society and whether law holds the potential to alleviate those inequalities. Addressing such questions requires attention to the rich history of theoretical work in the discipline, as well as the broad reach of law that extends beyond the criminal justice system.

Students choosing this area of specialization are typically interested in furthering their studies at the graduate level or law school in order to pursue a career in academia or the legal profession. Those going on to complete a Master’s degree also improve their chances of gaining employment in the private and public sectors as researchers and policy analysts.

Recommended courses:

SOC 3310        Theorizing Law, Crime and Social Justice

SOC 3400        Policing and Crime Prevention

SOC 3700        Sociology of Law                    

SOC 3740        Selected Topics in Criminology (subject matter varies by instructor)

SOC 3790        Women, Crime and Social Justice

SOC 3850        Restorative Justice                

SOC 3860        Genocide, Crime & Society   

 

The Criminal Justice System Cluster

What groups in society are most likely to come under the scrutiny of the criminal justice system? How do the police, courts, and prisons manage and process offenders? What alternative strategies would work to reduce the incidence of crime in our society?

Students choosing this area of specialization are typically interested in a career in the criminal justice system (as police, probation, correctional or parole officers) or working with community-based agencies. Many go on to pursue a graduate degree to improve their chances of gaining employment in these sectors.

Recommended courses:

SOC 3400        Policing and Crime Prevention

SOC 3410        Critical Victimology

SOC 3710        Criminal Careers

SOC 3720        Criminal Law & Its Procedure                                               

SOC 3740        Selected Topics in Criminology (subject matter varies by instructor)

SOC 3790        Women, Crime and Social Justice

SOC 3830        Youth, Crime and Society     

SOC 3850        Restorative Justice

SOC 3880        Global Criminology and Criminal Justice

                       

Criminal Justice Research and Policy Cluster

How successful are the strategies adopted to respond to issues of crime and safety in our communities? What can we learn from the experience of other cultures and societies? How do we go about conducting meaningful research and formulating effective policies?

Students choosing this area of specialization are typically interested in pursuing a career in government or the private sector as a researcher or policy analyst. Many go on to pursue a graduate degree to improve their chances of gaining employment in these sectors.

Recommended courses:

SOC 3100        Practicum in Criminological/Sociological Research (6 cr hrs)

SOC 3400        Policing and Crime Prevention

SOC 3740        Selected Topics in Criminology (subject matter varies by instructor)

SOC 3750        Institutional Responses to Violence

SOC 3830        Youth, Crime and Society

SOC 3880        Global Criminology and Criminal Justice

SOC 4490        Advanced Seminar in Criminology (open only to Honours Students)