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Becoming 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. Criminologists focus on: theories explaining the causes of crime; the social impact and reaction to crime and deviance; victimization; the criminal justice system and law enforcement responses; and crime prevention.

At Laurier, you’ll get a well-rounded education that emphasizes critical thinking, theoretical explanations of behaviour, a foundation in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and 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 by 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

  • View the Criminology experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • A Public Criminology class hosts a lecture series in which distinguished speakers deliver a public talk each week, followed by a round-table discussion.
  • 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.
  • There is an international focus in areas such as global terrorism, international "white collar" crime and environmental crime.

Sample Courses

  • Multiple Murder
  • Gangsters, Goodfellas and Wiseguys
  • Psychology of Crime
  • Crime, Media and the Law
  • Mental Health and Justice
  • Deviance and Diversity
  • Cyber Crime
  • Youth Justice
  • Addiction and Crime
  • Crimes Against Humanity


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 24.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Psychology Minor
  • Law and Society Minor
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity Minor
  • Youth and Children's Studies Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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