Faculty of Arts - Criminology

Program description

Criminology is concerned with the complex social phenomena of crime and criminalization. The criminology program engages students in a systematic study of the nature and extent of crime and criminalization along with the array of agencies and programs designed to prevent, control, and respond to criminal activity over time and place. Attention is given to specific issues related to gender, race, class and crime, youth and crime, violence and victimization, criminal law and procedure, policing and crime prevention, restorative justice, and global criminology. Courses in the criminology program are taught primarily from a sociological perspective, with emphasis placed on research, program development, and policy analysis.

Program options

Degree options

B.A. Bachelor of Arts (General) - 3 years
B.A. Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - 4 years 

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Practicum in Criminological/Sociological Research
  • Policing and Crime Prevention
  • Sociology of Law
  • Critical Victimology 
  • Women, Crime, and Social Justice
  • Youth, Crime and Society
  • Restorative Justice
  • Genocide, Crime & Society
  • Global Criminology and Criminal Justice

Professional opportunities

  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Probation or parole
  • Criminal justice administration
  • Crime prevention
  • Private security
  • Youth and child care counsellors
  • Private sector social research
  • Government policy research and analysis

Admission requirements

Visit the Faculty of Arts Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

What is unique about this program at the U of M?

The University of Manitoba's Criminology Program is home to some of Canada's leading criminologists. All have active research programs and have published widely in their areas of specialization. In addition to specialized courses in criminology, the program includes a practicum course (SOC 3100) that offers students an opportunity to put their academic training to work in a practical context. Students are placed in a variety of criminal justice and social service agencies and are responsible for conducting a research project designed in consultation with their agency. Through this course students gain experience and contacts which may assist them as they seek a career in the field upon graduation.   

Important links

Faculty of Arts
Sociology Graduate programs