Major Programs

Our Program Completion Check Sheets provide a helpful checklist for each of our programs to help you track your progress throughout the Criminology Program. Use the check sheet that corresponds with your program of choice to ensure you've completed all the required courses for your degree.

Criminology Bachelor of Arts

Program Declaration and Continuation

Program Completition Check Sheet: Major in Criminology

Students with a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)* apply for program declaration to the School of Criminology after completing the following requirements with minimum C- grades:

31 lower division units including

All of:

  • CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 131 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - A Total System Approach (3)
  • CRIM 135 - Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: A Criminal Justice Perspective (3)
  • CRIM 220 - Research Methods in Criminology (3)
  • And 19 units minimum to complete all group B courses (under Lower Division Requirements)

To continue in the major, students must maintain a 2.25 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

A minimum of 120 units, including a minimum of 45 upper division units, as specified below.

Lower Division Requirements


60 units under group A, group B and general electives.

  • 8 courses from group A with minimum C- grades
  • 6 courses from group B with minimum C- grades
  • an additional 6 courses of general electives

Group A Lower Division Requirements

All of

  • CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behavior (3)
  • CRIM 104 - Sociological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behavior (3)
  • CRIM 131 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - A Total System Approach (3)
  • CRIM 135 - Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: A Criminal Justice Perspective (3)
  • CRIM 220 - Research Methods in Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 230 - Criminal Law (3)
  • and one 200 level CRIM course

Group B Lower Division Requirements

Six courses, including

  • SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

and one of

  • POL 100 - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)
  • POL 101W - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)
  • POL 151 - The Administration of Justice (3)

and

  • STAT 203 - Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)

or one of

  • PSYC 210 - Introduction to Data Analysis in Psychology (4)
  • STAT 100 - Chance and Data Analysis (3)
  • STAT 101 - Introduction to Statistics (3)
  • BUEC 232 - Data and Decisions I (4)

and

  • any 100 or 200 division PHIL course

and both of

  • PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I (3)
  • PSYC 102 - Introduction to Psychology II (3)

General Electives Lower Division Requirements

Students complete the balance of the first 60 units by choosing other 100-200 division courses. Breadth requirements must be completed for graduation and general electives should be considered for that purpose.

Upper Division Course Access and Requirements

Students with a minimum 2.25 CGPA are eligible to enrol in upper division Criminology courses upon successful completion of 60 units and Criminology program declaration.

Students complete a minimum of 45 upper division units including a minimum of 36 in Criminology* with minimum C- grades in each course, including:

  • CRIM 300W - Current Theories and Perspectives in Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 320 - Quantitative Research Methods in Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 321 - Qualitative Research Methods in Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 330 - Criminal Procedure and Evidence (3)

An additional 9 required upper division units may be chosen from criminology or other disciplines.

*Declared Criminology students may not take CRIM 301 for credit.

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.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit


The University’s residency requirement stipulates that, in most cases, total transfer and course challenge credit may not exceed 60 units, and may not include more than 15 units as upper division work.

Elective Courses


In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.

Honours

Honours Program Application Form

For those interested in applying to the Honours program, you should first meet with Gabriel Sauro, Senior Criminology Advisor so that he can review your transcript. 

Application Deadline

February 28

Program Declaration and Continuation

Students must first declare the Major. Students normally apply for the Criminology Honours program in the Spring term (February) and must complete 110 total units with a minimum 3.00 CGPA prior to the start of the Honours program in the Fall term (September). With permission of the undergraduate director, students may complete one course during the Fall term to meet the 110 total unit requirement. Students must complete and defend their theses by the following April.

To continue in the honours program, students must maintain a 3.00 CGPA. Students whose CGPA falls below 3.00 cannot enrol in CRIM 499 and, therefore, cannot complete the program. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enrol in any upper division CRIM courses.

Program Requirements

This structured program for outstanding undergraduate students complements the criminology major program and consists of two terms of advanced course work and supervised research. Honours students write and defend a short thesis.

Students complete a minimum of 132 units, including a minimum of 60 upper division units, as specified below with CGPAs in accordance with general and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences graduation requirements including a minimum 3.00 CGPA.

Lower Division Requirements

60 units under group A, group B and general electives.

  • 8 courses from group A with minimum C- grades
  • 6 courses from group B with minimum C- grades
  • an additional six courses of general electives

Group A Lower Division Requirements

All of

  • CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behavior (3)
  • CRIM 104 - Sociological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behavior (3)
  • CRIM 131 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - A Total System Approach (3)
  • CRIM 135 - Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: A Criminal Justice Perspective (3)
  • CRIM 220 - Research Methods in Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 230 - Criminal Law (3)
  • and one 200 level CRIM course

Group B Lower Division Requirements

Six courses, including

  • SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

and one of

  • POL 100 - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)
  • POL 101W - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)
  • POL 151 - The Administration of Justice (3)

and

  • STAT 203 - Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)

or one of

  • PSYC 210 - Introduction to Data Analysis in Psychology (4)
  • STAT 100 - Chance and Data Analysis (3)
  • STAT 101 - Introduction to Statistics (3)
  • BUEC 232 - Data and Decisions I (4)

and

  • any 100 or 200 division PHIL course

and both of

  • PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I (3)
  • PSYC 102 - Introduction to Psychology II (3)

General Electives Lower Division Requirements

Students complete the balance of the first 60 units by choosing any other 100-200 division courses. Breadth requirements must be completed for graduation and general electives should be considered for that purpose.

Upper Division Course Access and Requirements

Students with a minimum 2.25 CGPA are eligible to enrol in upper division Criminology courses upon successful completion of 60 units and Criminology program declaration.

Students complete a minimum of 60 upper division units including a minimum of 50 units in upper division Criminology* with minimum C- grades in each course, including

  • CRIM 300W - Current Theories and Perspectives in Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 320 - Quantitative Research Methods in Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 321 - Qualitative Research Methods in Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 330 - Criminal Procedure and Evidence (3)
  • CRIM 490 - Honours Thesis I (5)
  • CRIM 491 - Current Theory and Research in Criminology: Advanced Topics (5)
  • CRIM 499 - Honours Thesis II (12)

*Declared Criminology students may not take CRIM 301 for credit.

Graduation Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. For graduation, students must obtain a minimum 3.00 CGPA, 3.00 UDGPA, 3.00 Criminology program CGPA, and 3.00 Criminology program UDGPA.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Honours Requirements

For the bachelor of arts (BA) Criminology honours program, students complete 132 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • students complete at least 60 upper division units, which must include at least 48 units in upper division courses in a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences honours program; no more than 15 upper division units that have been transferred from another institution can be used toward this requirement
  • Students complete lower division requirements for at least one Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences honours program
    students are required to achieve an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 3.0, and an honours program CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 3.0

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements
Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit
The University’s residency requirement stipulates that, in most cases, total transfer and course challenge credit may not exceed 60 units, and may not include more than 15 units as upper division work.

Elective Courses
In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.

Second BA Criminology Major  

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree may complete a second Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Students are encouraged to determine whether a second BA degree is actually required for their purposes (in many cases, post-degree studies may be more appropriate). For information regarding second BA degrees and/or post-degree studies, students should seek advice from the Faculty advisors in the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (AQ 3020).

A student may not enrol in a second BA degree in a subject in which they already hold a degree. A student who has a minor in a particular subject may enroll in a second BA degree with a major or honors program in that subject. Students may not complete a Bachelor of General Studies as a second degree.

Admission

First, you will need to apply for formal admission to SFU as a degree holder.

Your initial program status upon admission will be “Arts Non-Degree Seeking”. As soon as you have been granted this admission status, you will need to contact the department advisor for your intended major and provide a copy of your first undergraduate degree transcript. You will then work with the advisor to complete a Second Degree approval form outlining the specific requirements for your program.

Program Requirements

Students admitted into a second BA degree prior to the Fall of 2009 will be required to complete a total of 45 upper division units. Effective the Fall of 2009, the minimum requirement for a second BA degree will be completion of 60 units, including at least 45 upper division units. Prior completion of lower division requirements for the major program may be required or may be waived at the discretion of the department. At least 36 of the 45 upper division credits must be completed in upper division Criminology coursework including CRIM 300-3 Current Theories and Perspectives in Criminology, CRIM 320-3 Quantitative Research Methods in Criminology, CRIM 321-3 Qualitative Research Methods in Criminology, and CRIM 330-3 Criminal Procedure and Evidence

Second degree students must complete one upper division writing (W) course and one quantitative (Q) course.

In order to satisfy residency requirements for the second BA degree, students must complete at least 45 units in total at SFU, including a minimum of 30 upper division units.

Transfer Credit

Courses not used towards a previous degree (as determined by the institution awarding that degree) may be used to reduce the number of courses required in the second BA degree where applicable. Courses extra to previous degrees may be counted towards the second BA degree if completed before admission into the second BA degree, to a maximum of 15 units, in accordance with Faculty regulations. Students must obtain written approval from the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Second degree students may not complete courses at another institution through a Letter of Permission.

To apply for the Second Criminology Major Degree application form please click here.