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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Criminology (BA)


One Field, Many Disciplines

As a criminology student, you’ll delve into the exciting world of crime, criminals, victims and the law. Criminology isn’t like an episode of CSI; while forensics are part of what you’ll study, your classes will also draw on sociology, psychology and law to examine what defines a crime, why people commit them and how society responds. You’ll get a well-rounded education that emphasizes critical thinking, communication and writing skills – which just about every employer you meet wants to see.

Into Your Field From the Start

As a criminology student at Laurier, you’ll be able to jump right into the subjects that interest you, enrolling in criminology classes during your first year. Your courses will include lectures, case studies and seminars, as well as guest lectures from people who work in the field every day.

Earn a Law Degree, Too

You can combine this program with a law degree (LLB) from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Our Bachelor of Laws (University of Sussex, UK) and Bachelor of Arts (Laurier) program can be completed in six years.

You'll complete your first two years in the Criminology program at our Brantford campus. Students who meet the GPA and progression requirements may then apply to the UK law program and are guaranteed an offer of admission to the University of Sussex law school; there is no requirement to write the LSAT entrance exam. After three years of studying abroad in the UK and completing an LLB, you'll return for one final year at Laurier to complete your Laurier BA.

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Program Highlights

Sample Courses

  • Youth Justice
  • Multiple Murder
  • Gangsters, Goodfellas and Wiseguys: North American Perspectives of Organized Crime
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Crimes Against Humanity
  • Outlaw Bikers


  • Admission range of low-mid 70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.


You can pursue graduate studies in criminology, sociology, anthropology, law or another discipline, or begin working straight from university in a variety of fields:

  • Probation/Parole officer
  • Corporate security
  • Corrections officer
  • Policy analyst/advisor
  • Victims advocate
  • Private investigation
  • Customs officer
  • Fraud investigator
  • Crime reporter
  • Loss prevention specialist
  • Law enforcement

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