Police Studies Program

The School of Criminology at SFU NOW offers a number of programs in the area of police studies that will be of interest to either serving police officers or those interested in pursuing a career in policing.

Undergraduate courses in police studies are organized into clusters reflecting particular areas of interest. These clusters include, forensic studies, restorative justice, and crime analysis and crime prevention. Courses cover such topics as criminal profiling, terrorism, policing illegal drug markets, and forensic anatomy including skeletal pathology. Forensic courses take advantage of the resources available through our new Centre for Forensic Research.

Police Studies Certificate Program

This certificate is primarily directed toward undergraduates and sworn police officers who wish to focus their criminology undergraduate studies on courses that relate to policing.

Units applied toward a certificate may not be applied toward any other Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma, but may be applied toward major program or minor program requirements, or toward a bachelor’s degree under the normal regulations governing those programs.

Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to apply for entry to the Police Studies Certificate program if:

  • they have been admitted to Simon Fraser University (or are in the process of being admitted); and
  • they have completed and received grades for ALL of the following courses, each with a final grade of C- or better:
    • CRIM 101-3 Introduction to Criminology
    • CRIM 251-3 Introducgion to Policing

Serving police officers may apply to have completion of these courses waived.

Admission, Program Declaration, and Continuation

Applicants must meet university undergraduate admission deadlines as shown in this Calendar. Application forms and official documents must be submitted to Student Services. In addition to applying for University admission, students apply in writing to the School of Criminology's advisor for certificate program declaration.

To continue in the program, students must maintain a 2.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)*. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enrol in any upper division CRIM courses.

*transfer students who meet the Criminology program declaration requirements upon admission to SFU may use their admission CGPA for declaration purposes

Program Requirements

This program consists of six courses (18 units) chosen from the following list. Students may choose to focus their studies by completing courses in several of the following clusters, or they may choose their six from any courses in the list, regardless of the clusters.

Students may also choose any other 300 or 400 division course that is designated as a police studies course. Such courses may be offered by the School of Criminology (e.g. special topics courses), or other departments and faculties such as First Nations Studies Program, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Archaeology, School of Computing Science, Department of Psychology.

See the school's advisor for further information.

Note that some of the following courses may have prerequisites.

All courses must be completed at Simon Fraser University.

Minorities and the Criminal Justice System

  • CRIM 311 - Minorities and the Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CRIM 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3)
  • CRIM 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3)

Forensic Studies

  • CRIM 355 - The Forensic Sciences (3)
  • CRIM 356 - The Forensic Sciences II (3)
  • CRIM 357 - Forensic Anatomy (3)
  • CRIM 451 - Advanced Techniques in Forensic Science (3)
  • CRIM 452 - Skeletal Pathology and Criminalistics (3)

Restorative Justice

  • CRIM 315 - Restorative Justice (4) *
  • CRIM 442 - Restorative Justice Practice: Advanced Topics (3)

Cybercrime

  • CRIM 380 - Introduction to Cybercrime (3) *
  • CRIM 480 - Computer Forensics and Cybercrime (3) *
  • CRIM 481 - Advanced Issues in Cybercrime (3) *

Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention

  • CRIM 352 - Environmental Criminology: Theory and Practice (3)
  • CRIM 433 - Communities and Crime (3)
  • CRIM 449 - Major Crime and Forensic Analysis for Law Enforcement (3)
  • CRIM 457 - Crime and Criminal Intelligence Analysis (4)

Special Types of Offenders or Crimes

  • CRIM 310 - Young Offenders and Criminal Justice: Advanced Topics (3)
  • CRIM 316 - Sexual Offenders and Sexual Offences (3)
  • CRIM 317 - Prostitution in Canada (3)
  • CRIM 413 - Terrorism (3)
  • CRIM 454 - Criminal Profiling (3)
  • CRIM 459 - Organized Crime (3) *

Key Issues in Policing

  • CRIM 314 - Mental Disorder, Criminality and the Law (3)
  • CRIM 351 - Police Accountability and Ethics (3)
  • CRIM 410 - Decision-making in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRIM 453 - Policing Illegal Drug Markets (3)
  • CRIM 455 - Advanced Issues in Policing (3)
  • CRIM 456 - Investigative Psychology in Policing (3)
  • CRIM 458 - Community Policing (3)
  • CRIM 465 - Crime, Economics, and the Economy (3)

Upper Division Course Access

Students with a minimum 2.25 CGPA are eligible to enrol in upper division Criminology courses upon successful completion of 60 units and Certificate declaration. Students pursuing the Certificate independent of a degree program will be eligible to access these courses without completion of 60 units; in these cases, completion of lower division prerequisite courses may be required.

Graduation Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. For graduation, students must obtain a minimum 2.25 CGPA, 2.25 UDGPA, 2.25 Criminology program CGPA, and 2.25 Criminology program UDGPA.

 

 

 

Police Studies Minor Program

Admission Requirements

Students with a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) apply for program declaration to the School of Criminology after:

  • being admitted to Simon Fraser University, or in the admission process
  • possessing a minimum 2.25 CGPA (students admitted from another institution may use their admission CGPA for declaration purposes)
  • declaring a major, or approval in a program that does not require a major
  • completing 30 units including CRIM 101, 131, and 251 with a grade of C- or better, or transfer credit at the 100 and 200 division that is equivalent to these courses

To continue in the minor, students must maintain a 2.25 CGPA. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enrol in any upper division CRIM courses.

Prerequisites

Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites for all required and elective courses. The school does not routinely waive the completion of prerequisite courses.

Program Requirements

Students cannot obtain credit for both the post baccalaureate diploma in police studies and this minor program.

Students complete a minimum of 18 upper division units, chosen from the following list, or from any other 300 or 400 division course that is designated as a police studies course from either the School of Criminology (e.g. Special Topics courses), or from another department such as First Nations Studies Program, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Computing Science, Department of Psychology, etc.). See the School of Criminology's academic advisor for further information.

Minorities and the Criminal Justice System

  • CRIM 311 - Minorities and the Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CRIM 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3)
  • CRIM 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3)

Forensic Studies

  • CRIM 355 - The Forensic Sciences (3)
  • CRIM 356 - The Forensic Sciences II (3)
  • CRIM 357 - Forensic Anatomy (3)
  • CRIM 451 - Advanced Techniques in Forensic Science (3)
  • CRIM 452 - Skeletal Pathology and Criminalistics (3)
  • Restorative Justice
  • CRIM 315 - Restorative Justice (4)
  • CRIM 442 - Restorative Justice Practice: Advanced Topics (3)

Cybercrime

  • CRIM 380 - Introduction to Cybercrime (3)
  • CRIM 480 - Computer Forensics and Cybercrime (3)
  • CRIM 481 - Advanced Issues in Cybercrime (3)

Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention

  • CRIM 352 - Environmental Criminology: Theory and Practice (3)
  • CRIM 433 - Communities and Crime (3)
  • CRIM 457 - Crime and Criminal Intelligence Analysis (4)

Special Types of Offenders or Crimes

  • CRIM 310 - Young Offenders and Criminal Justice: Advanced Topics (3)
  • CRIM 316 - Sexual Offenders and Sexual Offences (3)
  • CRIM 317 - Prostitution in Canada (3)
  • CRIM 413 - Terrorism (3)
  • CRIM 454 - Criminal Profiling (3)
  • CRIM 459 - Organized Crime (3)

Key Issues in Policing

  • CRIM 314 - Mental Disorder, Criminality and the Law (3)
  • CRIM 351 - Police Accountability and Ethics (3)
  • CRIM 410 - Decision-making in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRIM 453 - Policing Illegal Drug Markets (3)
  • CRIM 455 - Advanced Issues in Policing (3)
  • CRIM 456 - Investigative Psychology in Policing (3)
  • CRIM 458 - Community Policing (3)
  • CRIM 465 - Crime, Economics, and the Economy (3)

*cannot be used for credit in both the police studies minor and the criminology major program

Police Studies Post Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree and completed CRIM 101 and 251 with a grade of C- or better before being admitted.

Prerequisites

Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites for all required and elective courses. The school does not routinely waive the completion of prerequisite courses.

Program Requirements

Students cannot obtain credit for both the minor in police studies and this post baccalaureate diploma program.

Students complete a total of 30 units, chosen from the following list, or from any other 300 or 400 division course that is designated as a police studies course from either the School of Criminology (e.g. Special Topics courses), or from another department such as First Nations Studies Program, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Computing Science, Department of Psychology, etc.). See the School of Criminology's academic advisor for further information.

Minorities and the Criminal Justice System

  • CRIM 311-3 Minorities and the Criminal Justice System
  • CRIM 419-3 Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice
  • CRIM 429-3 Indigenous Peoples and International Law

Forensic Studies

  • CRIM 355-3 The Forensic Sciences
  • CRIM 356-3 The Forensic Sciences II
  • CRIM 357-3 Forensic Anatomy
  • CRIM 451-3 Advanced Techniques in Forensic Science
  • CRIM 452-3 Skeletal Pathology and Criminalistics

Restorative Justice

  • CRIM 315-4 Restorative Justice
  • CRIM 442-3 Restorative Justice Practice: Advanced Topics

Cybercrime

  • CRIM 380-3 Introduction to Cybercrime
  • CRIM 480-3 Computer Forensics and Cybercrime
  • CRIM 481-3 Advanced Issues in Cybercime

Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention

  • CRIM 350-3 Techniques of Crime Prevention I
  • CRIM 352-3 Environmental Criminology: Theory and Practice
  • CRIM 433-3 Communities and Crime
  • CRIM 449-3 Major Crime and Forensic Analysis for Law Enforcement
  • CRIM 450-5 Techniques of Crime Prevention II
  • CRIM 457-4 Crime and Criminal Intelligence Analysis
  • CRIM 465-3 Crime Economics, and the Economy

Special Types of Offenders or Crimes

  • CRIM 310-3 Young Offenders and Criminal Justice: Advanced Topics
  • CRIM 316-3 Sexual Offenders and Sexual Offences
  • CRIM 317-3 Prostitution in Canada
  • CRIM 413-3 Terrorism
  • CRIM 454-3 Criminal Profiling
  • CRIM 459-3 Organized Crime

Key Issues in Policing

  • CRIM 314-3 Mental Disorder, Criminality and the Law
  • CRIM 351-3 Police Accountabiliity and Ethics
  • CRIM 410-3 Decision-making in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 453-3 Policing Illegal Drug Markets
  • CRIM 455-3 Advanced Issues in Policing
  • CRIM 456-3 Investigative Psychology in Policing
  • CRIM 458-3 Community Policing*

*cannot be used for credit in both the police studies minor and the criminology major program