Sociology prompts students to ask questions, and provides the necessary research tools to answer these questions in a proactive approach to enacting change in everyday life.

Sociology modules provide

  • Critical thinking skills;
  • Writing and communication skills;
  • Research skills;
  • Enhanced ability to challenge the ‘taken-for-granted,’ and hence “think outside the box”;
  • Ability to plan long term projects effectively;
  • Knowledge of social trends;
  • Strong awareness of societal concerns and population dynamics developed through data collection and analysis;
  • Ability to gather and organize data, write clearly, and defend an argument;
  • Understanding of social relations;
  • Understanding of the workings of organizations;
  • Understanding of specific social institutions (depending on courses): the criminal justice system, workplaces, health care, education, families, the media, and so on.

Skills specific to Criminology

Graduates with Criminology modules develop a wide variety of skills including the ability to:

  • Understand criminology, societal development, and components of collaboration;
  • Recognize the importance of diversity while identifying problems;
  • Critically develop and assess recommendations for improvements;
  • Prepare possible solutions for various communities, cultures, and socio-economic statuses;
  • Demonstrate advanced critical thinking to question policies and acknowledge issues, dilemmas, and doubts, while constructively preparing suggestions.

Career Areas of Interest

Graduates with Criminology modules have worked in many different fields. Below is a small list of areas you may be interested in; however there are many other areas not listed below.

  • Archives;
  • Community Relations;
  • Community Development;
  • Conflict Resolution;
  • Corrections;
  • Counselling;
  • Immigration;
  • Customs;
  • Education;
  • Forensics;
  • Government;
  • Health Care;
  • Human Rights;
  • Journalism;
  • Law;
  • Politics;
  • Government;
  • Public Policy;
  • Public Relations;
  • Rehabilitation;
  • Victim Services.

Career Paths for Criminology Graduates

There are many different areas Criminology graduates can work in. Below you will find a small list of career options other students have followed. There are a lot of other possibilities as well; this list is not all encompassing. Some careers may also require additional education or training.

  • Security Officer;
  • Census Officer;
  • Child Protection Worker;
  • Community Development Worker;
  • Community Services Promoter;
  • Correctional Case Officer;
  • Correctional Classification Officer;
  • Corrections Case Manager;
  • Court Reporter;
  • Crisis Intervention Agent;
  • Disaster Response Coordinator;
  • Employment Counsellor;
  • Employment Equity Policy Consultant;
  • Equal Opportunity Specialist;
  • Human Rights Officer;
  • Immigration Resettlement Counsellor;
  • International Development Worker;
  • Insurance Investigator;
  • Justice of the peace
  • Legislative aid;
  • Loss Prevention Officer;
  • Policy Analyst;
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • RCMP/Police Officer;
  • Rehabilitation Instructor;
  • Social Assistance Advocate;
  • Victim Aid/Services Officer;

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