Criminology is the interdisciplinary study of crime as both an individual and social phenomenon, with research on the origins and forms of crime, its causes and consequences, and social and governmental reactions to it. Criminology is for you if you have an active interest in a multitude of fields and seek to develop a critical and focused mind.


The Criminology program is a major in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.  It is also offered as a minor or you may complete a certificate program in an area such as police, legal or forensic studies. You can start this program at either the Burnaby or Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

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Admission requirements for Criminology

Students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12: see program-specific requirements for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply


Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: Criminology or
      Criminology - 1st yr Surrey


You may apply to the minor program after successfully completing 60 units in a major program. Speak to your faculty advisor.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Community and Social Service Worker
  • Corrections Officer
  • Court Reporter
  • Criminologist
  • Immigration Agent
  • Insurance Investigator
  • Law Enforcement/Police Officer
  • Legal Investigator
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Campaign Worker
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Worker