Why Criminology?

Policing, Deviance, Justice


What is Criminology?

          Criminology is the study of the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of crime and criminal behaviour in society.  The nature of the criminal justice system, and the experiences of those involved in it – including offenders, victims, police officers and others – are also of interest.

The Department of Sociology is recognized for its cutting-edge approach to a variety of criminal justice issues, including crime prevention, social justice, policing, violence against women, drug policy, sex work, prisons, youth, media representations of crime, political violence, human rights, victimology and cybercrime.


What can I do with a Criminology degree?

Graduates with a degree in Criminology work in many different fields.  In general a criminology/sociology degree gives you critical thinking, analysis, and communication skills that relate to a wide variety of jobs.

Many criminology graduates pursue additional education in criminology, sociology, or law.  Others find employment in a variety of fields, including corrections, policing, community services, social services, government, research and policy.

See career services at Western for more information.

Why can't I register for criminology courses?

Students enrolled in criminology modules have first priority for our criminology courses (e.g., Sociology 2259, 2260B, etc.) since these are required for their degree. These courses (pending space) will be available to all other students who have the prerequisite mid July.

Criminology Module requirements have changed - does this apply to me?

You will continue to complete your module requirements as they were listed in the academic year when you were accepted into this module.

Only students starting the module this calendar year and later will follow the new module requirements.

Here are links to the former academic calendars for your reference. Refer to the calendar of the academic year when you were accepted into the module.

If you do not recall in which academic year you were accepted into a module, view your Web Academic Report in Student Center. Your module for each year appears below the academic year heading as "Plan". Find the earliest year with that module listed.