Criminology and Sociolegal Studies

Criminology and Sociolegal Studies provides students with a sound foundation for the understanding of crime and criminal behaviour, the administration of the criminal justice system in Canada, and, more generally, the processes of social order and disorder. Criminology incorporates theory, research methods, and knowledge from a wide range of other disciplines such as history, political science, sociology, law, psychology, economics, and philosophy.


Admission Information

  • Apply to the Social Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English, are required
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Bachelor of Arts Programs

  • Criminology and Sociolegal Studies (specialist and major options)


First-Year Courses

There are no specific Criminology and Sociolegal Studies courses at the first-year level.


Advice for First Year

Faculty of Arts & Science students choose their program of study, such as Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, after completion of first year.    

Students interested in enrolling in a Criminology and Sociolegal Studies program must complete at least two first-year, full-course equivalents from the following disciplines:  Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology. Any course combination is acceptable.  For detailed information about admission to the Criminology program please visit the Program Website.



Some graduates pursue further studies in professional areas such as law and social work, or graduate studies in criminology, psychology, or sociology.


Possible career options include:
Corporate securities Lobbyist
Customs inspector Loss prevention specialist
Civil litigator Mediator
Insurance investigator Paralegal
Legal investigator Probation officer
Legislative aide Public opinion analyst


I'm interested in Forensic Science.  Is that part of the program?

Forensic Science is a science program and is a separate program offered only at the University of Toronto in Mississauga (UTM). If you are interested in this area please contact UTM



How do I become a Police Officer?

If you are interested in a career in policing please visit the Toronto Police Service website





Learn more about the Faculty of Arts & Science by reading our Viewbook


First Year