Minor Programs

In developing an in depth study program, the School of Criminology has created a number of minor programs focusing on key interests of study in Criminology, Legal Studies and Police Studies.

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

Program Declaration and Continuation

Program Completion Check Sheet: Minor in Criminology

Students with a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)* apply for program declaration to the School of Criminology after completing 30 units including all of the Criminology lower division requirements with minimum C- grades.

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.

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

Lower Division Requirements

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)

Students may also complete a police studies concentration.

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 18 upper division units in Criminology*.

*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

For students in other Faculties, please check your Faculty's overall degree requirements.

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.

Extended Minor

Program Declaration and Continuation

Program Completion Check Sheet: Extended Minor in Criminology

Students with a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)* should make formal application for program declaration to the School of Criminology after they complete 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 (listed below under Lower Division Requirements)

To continue in the extended minor, 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

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 of

  • CRIM 203 - Historical Reactions to Crime and Deviance (3)
  • CRIM 210 - Law, Youth and Young Offenders (3)
  • CRIM 213 - Women and Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRIM 241 - Introduction to Corrections (3)
  • CRIM 251 - Introduction to Policing (3)

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) or 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 18 upper division units in Criminology*.

*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

For students in other Faculties, please check your Faculty's overall degree requirements.

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.

Legal Studies

Program Declaration and Continuation

Program Completion Check Sheet: Minor in Legal Studies


Students with a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)* apply for program declaration to the School of Criminology after completing 30 units including all of the Criminology lower division requirements with minimum C- grades.

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.

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

Lower Division Requirements

All of

  • CRIM 135 - Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: A Criminal Justice Perspective (3)
  • POL 151 - The Administration of Justice (3)

and at least one of

  • CRIM 210 - Law, Youth and Young Offenders (3)
  • CRIM 230 - Criminal Law (3)

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.

Note that same upper division course may not be used for formal credit in both the criminology major and the legal studies minor. Students cannot obtain credit for both the post baccalaureate diploma in legal studies and this minor program.

Students complete a minimum of 18 upper division units including:

One of

  • CRIM 332 - Sociology of Law (3)
  • CRIM 338 - Philosophy of Law (3)

Students must select additional courses totalling at least 15 units from the upper division courses listed below. Students must ensure they have necessary lower division prerequisites.

Note: Students who have completed both CRIM 332 and 338 need only complete 12 units from the list below.

Criminology majors who wish to complete this minor must complete six of the upper division units in a discipline outside of their major.

  • BUS 393 - Commercial Law (3)
  • CRIM 310 - Young Offenders and Criminal Justice: Advanced Topics (3)
  • CRIM 314 - Mental Disorder, Criminality and the Law (3)
  • CRIM 317 - Sex, Work, and the Law (3)
  • CRIM 330 - Criminal Procedure and Evidence (3)
  • CRIM 331 - Advanced Criminal Law (3)
  • CRIM 333 - Gender, Law and the State (3)
  • CRIM 334 - Law and Human Reproduction (3)
  • CRIM 335 - Human Rights and Civil Liberties (3)
  • CRIM 336 - Corporate Crime and Corporate Regulation (3)
  • CRIM 416 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)*
  • CRIM 417 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)*
  • CRIM 418 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)*
  • CRIM 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3)
  • CRIM 432 - Gender in the Courts and the Legal Profession (3)
  • CRIM 436 - Corporate Crime and Corporate Regulation: Advanced Topics (3)
  • CRIM 437 - Crime and Misconduct in the Professions (3)
  • CRIM 438 - Wrongful Convictions and Other Miscarriages of Justice (3)
  • ECON 427W - Industrial Organization: Law and Economics (3)
  • EDUC 445 - Legal Context of Teaching (4)
  • EDUC 446 - Law for the Classroom Teacher (4)
  • EDUC 448 - Teaching about Justice, Law and Citizenship (4)
  • GSWS 411 - Special Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (4) **
  • HIST 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4) or FNST 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4)
  • PHIL 320 - Social and Political Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 321 - Topics in Moral Philosophy (3)
  • POL 324 - The Canadian Constitution (4)
  • POL 344 - International Law (4)
  • POL 346 - International Organization (4)
  • POL 351 - Immigration, Integration, and Public Policy in Canada (4)
  • POL 417 - Human Rights Theories (4)
  • POL 459 - Selected Topics in Governance (4) *
  • PSYC 376 - Experimental Psychology and Law (3)
  • PSYC 379 - Clinical Forensic Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 476 - Selected Topics in Law and Forensic Psychology (4)
  • WL 303 - Global Culture and Its Discontents (4)

Check with the school for additional relevant courses.


Declared Criminology students may not take CRIM 301 for credit.


* when offered as a legal topic

** when offered as the topic Women and the Law

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

For students in other Faculties, please check your Faculty's overall degree requirements.

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.

Police Studies

Program Declaration and Continuation

Program Completion Check Sheet: Minor in Police Studies

Students with a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) apply for program declaration to the School of Criminology after completing 30 units including all of the Criminology lower division requirements with minimum C- grades.

To continue in the minor, students must maintain a 2.25 CGPA. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enroll 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

Lower Division Requirements

All of

  • CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology (3)
  • CRIM 131 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - A Total System Approach (3)
  • CRIM 251 - Introduction to Policing (3)

Upper Division Course Access and Requirements

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

Note that same upper division course may not be used for formal credit in both the criminology major and the police studies minor. 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. 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 350 - Techniques of Crime Prevention I (3)
  • 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 450 - Techniques of Crime Prevention II (5)
  • 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 - Sex, Work, and the Law (3)
  • CRIM 413 - Terrorism (3)
  • CRIM 454 - Criminal Profiling (3)
  • CRIM 459 - Organized Crime (3)
  • CRIM 464 - Street Gang Patterns and Policies (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 431 - Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (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)

* When offered with a focus on policing

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