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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.

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Program Highlights

  • A Public Criminology class hosts a lecture series in which distinguished speakers deliver a public talk each week – after which community members are invited to sit at a round-table discussion.
  • Increased first-year student access to criminology courses.
  • Our program emphasizes the critical thinking, communication and writing skills valued by prospective employers.
  • You can combine your criminology major with another honours program at our Brantford campus, such as Society, Culture and EnvironmentHuman Rights and Human Diversity, or Psychology.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

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.
  • IB Minimum Score: 28.


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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