Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies

Small classes sizes allow you to make connections with professors and open doors to hands-on, undergraduate research opportunities studying homelessness, the criminalization of women, restorative justice, or the impact on Indigenous peoples.

For students pursuing an Honours Sociology degree, this standout specialization explores the study of crime and punishment, the influence of social inequality as a cause of crime, and how criminals and victims are treated by the criminal justice system. You’ll apply your sociological knowledge and potentially perform independent research on homelessness, the criminalization of women, restorative justice or the impact on Indigenous peoples.

This specialization is available to students pursuing a single or joint-major Honours degree in Sociology.

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Required Courses

  • SOCI 2220H - Social Inequality
  • SOCI 2615H - Crime & Society
  • SOCI 2610H - Deviance & Social Control
  • SOCI-CAST-WMST 4110H - Legal Research Methods
  • SOCI 4270H - Sociology of Law

Students must also complete 2 courses from the following list:

  • SOCI 3601H - Critical Criminology
  • SOCI 3250H - Sociological Perspectives on Homelessness
  • WMST-SOCI-CAST 3966H - Criminalizing & Punishing Women
  • WMST-SOCI-CAST-POST 3962H - Gender, Sexualities, and the Law

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A. (Honours)


  • Peterborough


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  • Gain a solid foundation in legal research methodology and theoretical application that will prepare you for success in a variety of workplace settings
  • Streamline and personalize your degree with a focus on crime and society
  • Familiarize yourself with case law research by learning from and working with practising legal professionals
  • Take a prison-based course that explore restorative justice in all contexts
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Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Police Officer
  • Youth Worker
  • Civilian Crime Analyst
  • Law Professional
  • Victim Service Worker
  • Corrections Officer
  • Policy Consultant
  • Crisis Intervention Worker
  • Administrator for Social Programming
  • Border Services Officer
  • Community Development Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Crime Prevention Worker
  • Probation and Parole Officer

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%
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