Program Structure

Please follow the program structure outlined in the Academic Calendar from your FIRST academic year as a student at St. Thomas University. Find the Academic Calendars HERE. If you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor. 

Minor in Criminology

Students wishing to complete a Minor in Criminology must complete CRIM 1013 and 1023 and an additional 12 credit hours in Criminology courses.

Major in Criminology

Students must complete CRIM 1013: Introduction to Criminology and CRIM 1023: Introduction to Criminal Justice (a total of 6 credit hours) as a prerequisite for all courses offered by the Criminology Department. Students are also required to take one theory course, CRIM 2013: Early Criminological Theory or CRIM 3013: Contemporary Criminological Theory and one course in research methods:  CRIM 2103: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods or CRIM 2113: Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods. Finally, students are required to complete 3 credit hours from each of the six course streams (for a total of 18 credit hours), plus an additional 6 credit hours of CRIM electives (from any course stream; for a total of 36 credit hours).

The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice has organized its courses into the following Course Streams:

Cultural Studies
CRIM 2463 Cultural Criminology
CRIM 2743 Social Protest in Canada
CRIM 3263 Crime and the Media
CRIM 3273 Crime in Popular Film
CRIM 3403 Discourse and Crime
CRIM 3563 Visual Criminology
CRIM 4273 Advanced Studies in Crime in Popular Film
CRIM 4513 Ethnography and Crime

Criminal Justice Studies
CRIM 2243 Corrections
CRIM 3123 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
CRIM 3153 Criminal Behaviour
CRIM 3203 Government & the Criminal Justice System
CRIM 3283 Crime Prevention

CRIM 3703 Toxic In/Justice: Green Criminology and Environmental Protest
CRIM 3953 Peacemaking Criminology and Restorative Justice
CRIM 4133 International and Comparative Criminal Justice

Law & Society Studies
CRIM 2123 Criminal Law
CRIM 2253 Crime and Society in Historical Perspective
CRIM 3143 Charter Rights and Criminal Justice
CRIM 3223 Criminal Procedure
CRIM 3243 Advanced Criminal Law
CRIM 3503 Wrongful Conviction!
CRIM 4403 Feminist Legal Studies

Vulnerable Populations Studies

CRIM 2223 Young Offenders and Juvenile Justice

CRIM 2263 Children and Youth at Risk

CRIM 2403 Criminalizing Women in Canada

CRIM 2503 Diversity, Crime & Justice in Canada

CRIM 2943 Victimology

CRIM 3163 Perspectives about Missing Persons

CRIM 3803 Child and Youth Rights

CRIM 4143 Hate Crime

CRIM 4153 Advanced Studies in Youth Justice Policy


Police & Security Studies
CRIM 2843 Corporate Crime and Corporate Regulation
CRIM 2233 Police and the Canadian Community
CRIM 3513 Organized Crime
CRIM 3643 Terrorism
CRIM 4233 Policing, Security, and Governance

Theoretical & Methodological Studies
CRIM 2013 Early Criminological Theory
CRIM 3013 Contemporary Criminological Theory
CRIM 2103 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
CRIM 2113 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
CRIM 3103 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
CRIM 4113 Advanced Data Analysis
CRIM 4423 Power and Control in Society

Honours in Criminology

Students honouring in Criminology require a total of 36 credit hours in Criminology to qualify for the Major (as outlined above, under Major in Criminology) plus an additional 21 credit hours, described below, for a total of 57 credit hours, to complete the program. Students wishing to pursue an Honours in Criminology must complete the following courses: CRIM 1013 & 1023, CRIM 2013, CRIM 2103, CRIM 2113, CRIM 2253, CRIM 3013, 3253, and CRIM 3103 or CRIM 4113, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.3, in Criminology courses.

The following additional courses beyond those listed above are required for the Honours in Criminology:
CRIM 4013 Honours Seminar
CRIM 4906 Honours Research Thesis


Two 3 credit Criminology seminar courses at the 4000 level.


It is strongly advised that the Honours program is intended primarily for those students who plan to go to graduate school. Entrance to the Honours program is a two-stage process. Students must first complete CRIM 3253 Pre-Honours Workshop and its final assignment, a research proposal which outlines the student's planned Honours project or thesis. The second-stage is a formal application to the Chair of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department which includes: a completed application form (available from the Department Chair), an academic transcript,  a current resume, a cover letter, and a copy of the student's research proposal (normally completed in CRIM 3253). Entrance to the Honours program is highly competitive, and the number of spaces available is limited.  Not all candidates who meet the minimum requirements will gain acceptance into the Honours program.