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University of Alberta Calendar 2018-2019 
University of Alberta Calendar 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts (Criminology)

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Admission Requirements:

See BA (Criminology) .

Program Focus:

This quota program, based in the Department of Sociology, coordinates several disciplines to provide a more thorough analysis of the causes of criminal behavior and the variety of social responses to such conduct. It is a program of ★120, with Sociology as the principal subject of concentration. The second subject of concentration is composed of a combination of approved courses from the Departments/Faculties of Anthropology; Economics; Educational Psychology; History and Classics; Interdisciplinary Studies; Human Ecology; Library and Information Studies; Marketing, Business Economics, and Law; Native Studies; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Strategic Management Organization; and Women's and Gender Studies.

The program is for students with career interests in the criminal justice system and includes two field placements for supervised work experience.


  1. Criminology students are required to consult the Program Director to review proposed coursework before registration for each academic year and in advance of any changes to approved registration.
  2. Normally, students are expected to enrol full time (★30 per year), although exceptions may be considered by the Program Director.
  3. Students must obtain permission of the Director in advance if they wish to interrupt their program but retain their status in the BA (Criminology) program.


Students seeking admission to Criminology should include

the following in their first year of postsecondary studies

Basic Requirements:

The basic requirements for the BA Criminology program are the same as those for the BA (see Arts Chart 1 ):

  • ★6 Junior English;
  • ★6 Language Other than English;
  • ★6 Study of Science;
  • ★18 Breadth and Diversity including ★6 in each of Groups One, Two and Three.

Subjects of concentration:

The principal subject is Sociology in which a minimum of ★36 at the senior level is required; a maximum of ★48 at the senior level is permitted.

The second subject is composed of a multidisciplinary combination of courses and requires a minimum of ★24 to a maximum of ★39.

No more than ★18 from any second subject department is allowed.

Any four of the following:


No more than ★6 at the junior level may be taken to satisfy the second subject requirements. 
It is recommended that students considering graduate studies take: 

Other coursework required to reach ★120 is made up of options and non- Arts and Science options.

Field Placement

The final two years of the program must include the successful completion of SOC 399  and SOC 499 . These courses are required as part of the principal subject of concentration and will involve supervised work experience.Students must obtain a minimum grade of B- in each component of SOC 399  and SOC 499  or repeat the entire course.

Additional Information

Students should be aware that under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, all new employees, volunteers and other people engaged for services by designated agencies (hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, social service agencies, etc.) must complete a Police Information Check (also known as a Criminal Record Check, Security Clearance Check, or Police Clearance), which must include a Vulnerable Sector Check. In addition, certain other agencies, organizations, and educational facilities may require students to present a Police Information Check prior to entering a practicum, work placement term, internship, or field experience placement.

Students who have concerns related to their ability to provide a clear Police Information Check should consult with the Associate Dean, Student Programs. Students will be informed of the need for a Police Information Check prior to specific internship/practicum/work experience placement. See Requirement for Police Information Checks  for more information on the general requirements concerning Police Information Checks and the fees associated with them.


To be promoted in each academic year, students must have

  1. maintained a full-course load of ★30 unless advance permission was granted for a reduced course load;
  2. attained a minimum grade point average of 2.7;
  3. attained a minimum grade of B- in SOC 399  and SOC 499  as required during the final two years of the program; and
  4. been recommended by the Department of Sociology.


  1. Failure to be promoted for academic reasons is cause for removal from the program.
  2. Affected students may transfer to another program in the Faculty if they meet admission requirements of such a program. All other requirements for the new program must be completed after transferring.

Academic Performance

  1. Academic Performance for Graduation: To qualify for a BA (Criminology), students must have completed all program requirements, achieved a minimum GPA of 2.7 in each academic year of the program, and be recommended by the Department of Sociology.
  2. Degrees With Distinction: See Bachelor of Arts (BA) .

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