Develop a critical and focused mind through the interdisciplinary study of crime as both an individual and social phenomenon. Study research on the origins and forms of crime, its consequences, and social and governmental reactions to crime. Take an integrative approach to questions of individual and societal behaviour and acquire an in-depth understanding of the complexities of criminal, delinquent and deviant behaviour.

About criminology

Criminology covers range of complex issues including psychological and sociological causes of deviance, terrorism, forensics, environmental crime, and restorative justice. In addition to the criminology major and minor, the Department of Criminology also offers a variety of certificate programs.

An interdisciplinary field, criminology courses are integrated with a multitude of fields including psychology, political science, economics, computing science, and mathematics.

Criminology courses are offered at all three SFU campuses in Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver. Students of criminology may also participate in international field schools and exchange programs, as well as gain work experience in co-op placements.

Career pathways

The interdisciplinary nature of criminology programs enable students to pursue their interests in areas such as crime prevention, corrections, law enforcement, law and law reform, and research policy and analysis. Criminology alumni have gone on to pursue careers in the following areas.

  • Law enforcement, policing, corrections
  • Community or regional planning
  • Victim, witness, youth and family
  • Advocacy
  • Consulting firms
  • Criminal, forensic and private investigations
  • Public administration, risk management
  • International development agencies
  • Education and academia
  • Government policy analyst or researcher
  • Foreign service worker
  • Immigration officer


The application deadline for fall 2020 admission is January 31, 2020.

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Programs available

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Got questions about criminology? Please contact Morgan Jeffery, Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Criminology.

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Dr. Brenda Morrison describes CRIM 315: Restorative Justice.

Dr. Gail Anderson uses her expertise as a forensic entomologist to help exonerate an innocent woman