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Program Highlights & Admission Requirements

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Do justice to your future career by studying criminology at UWindsor. Class sizes are small and there are lots of them to choose from, giving you the flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests. We also offer practicums with government and community agencies, leading to jobs for graduates.

Sample Courses: Foundations of Social Life, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Youth in Conflict with the Law, Policing and Security, Drugs and Society, Surveillance and Society

Career Tracks: Border services, law enforcement officer, child and youth worker, social service and community agency consulting

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 77%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Explore crime and criminal actions within the context of broader sociological trends. Customize your degree by selecting courses that match your interests. You’ll love our small class sizes and the personal attention you’ll get from our faculty.

Sample Courses: Sociology of Families, Foundations of Social Life, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Victimology, Youth in Conflict with the Law, Policing and Security

Career Tracks: Community relations worker, mediator, immigration officer, probation officer, case worker

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: English/ENG4U required.
Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 80%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies
  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General
  • H Honours
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

Functional Knowledge

  • Understanding legal structures and the organization of the criminal justice system from historical, sociological, and legal perspectives
  • Appreciating the respective roles of various governmental, community, and social institutions with regard to regulation and policing
  • Assessing the effectiveness of diverse methods of law enforcement/behaviour management as it pertains to the prevention and reduction of criminal behaviour
  • Comprehending, interpreting, and assessing public policy and its impact on society
  • Understanding how economic, cultural, and societal changes affect human behaviour, with particular reference to the causes of crime and criminal behaviours
  • Understanding human social behaviour and the ways in which it influences policy development


Number of Graduates (2018)


Employment Rate of Graduates

2 years following degree completion (OUGS Social Sciences, 2017)

Kristen Jeavons

"Studying Criminology at UWindsor was fascinating and exciting because it offered many hands-on opportunities beyond the classroom. During my third year, I was President of the Criminology Association, a student run organization. It gave me such a great experience of study, teamwork, and friendship that I carry with me as a student at Windsor Law today."

Kristen Jeavons
BA (Honours) in Criminology [2017]

Career Tracks*

  • Border services
  • Business advisor
  • Case worker
  • Child and youth worker
  • Consultant
  • Correctional officer
  • Court monitor
  • Crime analyst
  • Detective
  • Development analyst
  • Immigration officer
  • Investigator
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal consultant
  • Mediator
  • Paralegal
  • Pathology technician
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Probation officer
  • Professor
  • Project manager
  • Public relations
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Security manager
  • Social worker
  • Teacher

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

Common sectors for graduates

  • Academia
  • Business: Research and analysis, human resources, project management
  • Corrections
  • Education and counselling
  • Government services
  • Immigration and community integration
  • Law and law enforcement
  • Police services
  • Security agencies (public and private)
  • Social research agencies
  • Social service and community agencies

Apply to UWindsor

With the programs you want and smaller student-to-faculty ratios, you can get the hands-on learning that’s sure to set you on a journey to a future you’ll be proud of.

How to Apply

Explore Opportunities

Explore a selection of opportunities recommended for students in your program. This chart shows some of your many options – you don’t have to do everything on it or limit yourself to it. Engage in opportunities from each of the three categories to set yourself up for success.


High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration, such as:

  • Co-op, internship or field experiences
  • Research with faculty
  • Culminating senior experience
  • Capstone courses
  • Service-learning
  • Learning communities
  • Study abroad

Career Planning Cycle

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.



Courses of study specific to each program



Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)



Activities falling outside the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics)