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Studying Criminology will provide you with:
an understanding of human social behaviours and how they are affected by personal, public and societal issues
the ability to describe, understand and predict social behaviours using quantitative and qualitative methods
the ability to think critically and develop innovative solutions to many complex social issues
the ability to communicate effectively
Areas of study
Courses cover a broad range of topics such as:
- Gender, race, class and crime
- Youth and crime
- Violence and victimization
- Criminal law and procedure
- Policing and crime prevention
- Restorative justice
- Global criminology
Courses in the criminology program are taught primarily from a sociological perspective, with emphasis placed on research, program development and policy analysis.
Possible jobs for students in the criminology program include:
- Law enforcement
- Probation or parole
- Criminal justice worker
- Crime prevention
- Private security
- Youth and child care counsellors
- Private sector social research
- Government policy research and analysis
Students who choose to take the Practicum in Criminological/Sociological Research course will participate in supervised work in a criminal justice or social service agency combined with classroom instruction, ending with the production of a comprehensive research report. Through this course, students gain practical experience and develop contacts that can help them with future careers.
The Faculty of Arts offers three-year and four-year undergraduate degree options in criminology.
BA degrees at a glance
BA General: 90 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses in the chosen major. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
BA Honours: 120 credit hours of study with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses. Students do not complete a major and a minor, but rather an honours subject, or two subjects for the double honours program. This is the preferred program for students looking to pursue graduate studies.
Bachelor of Arts (General)
Expected duration: 3 years
The general program offers general exposure to the humanities and social sciences and an opportunity to concentrate studies in at least two subject areas. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
A student must complete 90 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses that comprise the major.
You can complete the BA General degree on a part-time basis.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Expected duration: 4 years
The honours program offers a rigorous examination of a particular subject area for those who desire a more specialized undergraduate preparation. This is the preferred program for students who wish to continue their education at the graduate level.
Students normally enter the program after first year, although you may be eligible to enter the program later in your undergraduate studies.
To earn a BA Honours degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all courses.
Students in the honours program do not complete a major and a minor, but rather an honours subject, or two subjects in the case of a double honours program. The program differs from the advanced program by requiring more courses in the honours field and by providing a greater intensity and depth of study.
Students should apply to enter the honours program only after successfully completing a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework.
You can complete the honours program on a part-time basis.
Earning a minor in Arts
A minor is comprised of 18 credit hours which are in a subject field that is different from a declared major. To earn a minor in a subject field as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree, a student must successfully complete 18 credit hours in a subject field approved by the Faculty of Arts as a minor.
Minors offered by the Faculty of Arts are listed under each area of study’s section of the Academic Calendar. Arts students may complete minor programs offered by other Faculties/Schools providing the minor program consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours and all other degree requirements are satisfied.
Degree requirements for all BA degrees
Students in the BA General, BA Advanced and BA Honours degree must complete the following requirements as part of their degree:
- 6 credit hours of humanities
- 6 credit hours of social sciences
- 6 credit hours of sciences
- 3 credit hours of written English (W)
- 3 credit hours of mathematics (M)
- 3 credit hours of Indigenous course content (students entering as of fall 2021)
- 6 credit hours in each of 5 different subject fields
The 3 credit hours of written English and 3 credit hours of mathematics are to satisfy the written English and mathematics requirement.
For full details on these requirements, refer to the Academic Calendar.
Sample course offerings
- SOC 1000: Introduction to Sociology
- SOC 2510: Criminology
- SOC 2610: Sociology of Criminal Justice and Corrections
- SOC 3310: Theorizing Crime, Law and Social Justice
- SOC 3400: Policing and Crime Prevention
- SOC 3410: Critical Victimology
- SOC 3700: Sociology of Law
- SOC 3830: Youth, Crime, and Society
- SOC 3850: Restorative Justice
- SOC 4490: Advanced Seminar in Criminology
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Arts in Criminology program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.
Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online.
The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
You apply to the Bachelor of Arts program without selecting your major and minor areas of study (e.g., anthropology, political science, etc.). You make these choices after you are in the BA program.
Admission and application inquiries
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