Why study Criminology?

How do societies define and respond to crime? How is law created and reformed, and what happens to people in the justice system? Explore these topics and gain an understanding of how they connect to broader issues of social regulation and control.

Criminology is about defining and responding to crime (including organized crime, terrorism, corporate and state crime). As a criminology student, you will also delve into crime prevention, systems of regulation and punishment, policing, prisons, corrections, restorative justice, and human rights.

The Saint Mary’s approach

Our Criminology program is grounded in sociology. It provides a comprehensive curriculum taught by a diverse, student-focused faculty. Take part in a new academic exchange program with the Department of Law, Catholic University of Brasilia or choose the co-op option for Sociology and Criminology, where you will be placed on a work term with an employer in this exciting field.

Hands-on research

Criminology students connect with professionals in the field by such as lawyers, RCMP officers, counsellors and military personnel during professional development days.

Sample courses offered:

  • Corporate Crime
  • Organized Crime
  • Youth Crime and Moral Panics
  • Social Inequality and Justice
  • Prisons and Punishment
  • Gender and Law

Future career opportunities:

  • Child and youth worker
  • Police officer
  • Lawyer
  • Investigator
  • Immigration officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Probation or parole officer