Criminology

Criminology involves the study of crime, including victimization, criminality, and criminal justice agents and institutions among other areas. The field is multi-disciplinary, including Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, and various other academic fields.

At Lakehead University, you will have the option to major, specialize, or minor in Criminology. The Criminology Program emphasizes a practitioner orientation, with a variety of courses that introduce and familiarize students with the Canadian criminal justice system. Three thematic areas of focus run throughout the Program’s course offerings: (1) social justice and human rights, (2) law and legal institutions, and (3) forensic science and criminalistics.

As a program graduate, you will be well situated to, among other things, consider careers in:

  • Law enforcement (e.g., policing, border security)
  • Corrections (e.g., institutions, probation)
  • Social work (e.g., victims services organizations, offender rehabilitation programs) 

Or, to apply to further schooling that opens up additional career opportunities, such as:

  • Law school
  • Teacher education  
  • Graduate school

A sample of courses in the Criminology Program at Lakehead includes: Youth Crime, Cyber-Crime, Forensic Psychology, Criminal Profiling, Policing, Death Investigation, and a wide variety of other innovative courses.

THE LAKEHEAD ADVANTAGE

Lakehead Orillia offers a unique campus experience, being intimate in size and exceptionally modern in its facilities. The intimate learning environment facilitates a close and interactive student experience from first year, providing undergraduate students with opportunities to easily acquaint themselves with professors in the Criminology Program and become involved with professors’ research projects.

Lakehead University also offers an outstanding scholarship program, being recognized as one of the leading schools in Canada on this front. Students entering the Criminology Program with an average from high school of 80% or greater are eligible for various scholarship funding, including automatic entrance awards (further details are available here).

Transfer Options

It’s easy to transfer to Lakehead. Our pathway and general transfer policies are designed to help you maximize your credits from your current or previous studies at either college or university – or even both.  

There are a number of ways to transfer to Lakehead. Let us help you achieve your degree completion goals. For more information regarding specific admission requirements from college or university, check out the “Admissions Requirement” tab above and select your most recent level of study.

LINKS TO KEY INFORMATION

Applying to Lakehead University is easy and we are here to help you along the way.

Step 1 – Determine your general admission requirements:

To determine your general admission requirements, select one of the definitions below:

Ontario High School Students
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • A minimum of 6 Grade 12U or M courses, or equivalent, including program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average**

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.
**Admission averages are calculated using the top 6 Grade 12 U or M courses.  

Other Canadian High School Students
 General Admission Requirements: 
  • Completion of Grade 12 and the Secondary School Diploma (see the Program Specific Prerequisites section for your particular provinces requirements);
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.

International Secondary School/ College or University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent (For most countries, the same academic preparation as is required for university entrance in that country is required for consideration. Refer to Admission Requirements by Country.) 
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian)

    Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Canadian College
 General Admission Requirements:

College transfer applicants who are applying to a program that does not have a college transfer pathway are eligible for admission consideration if they have:

  • Completed a minimum of 1 year of full-time academic studies at an accredited community college since leaving high school;
  • Completed the appropriate program-specific prerequisite courses; and
  • Achieved a minimum overall average of 70%. 
Canadian University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Attended a university and successful completion of university level course work since leaving high school/college;
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum overall average of C or 60%.
Canadian Bible College
 General Admission Requirements:
  • A minimum overall average of C / 60% or equivalent;
  • College must be accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE);
  • Successfully meets the minimum program specific preparatory course prerequisites at the Grade 12U or M level or equivalent;
  • If not eligible right out of high school, a minimum of two years of full time studies must be completed at the Bible College.

Step 2 – Determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements for your program(s) of choice:

To determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements, choose from the drop-down menus below:

Program Specific Requirements

Please Select Your Applicant Type

  • Criminology
    Degree:
    Arts & Sciences
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    English (ENG4U)
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English Language Arts (Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus) 40S
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (ENG4U). Other secondary or post-secondary courses that are equivalent to the English prerequisite requirement are accepted. College transfer students entering via a transfer pathway are not required to satisfy this specific prerequisite requirement.
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English Language Arts 121 or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621A
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 English (603 or 604)
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    English (ENG4U) or equivalent
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30 A or English Language Arts 30 B


In your first year of the Criminology program, you could expect to take courses such as:

  • Criminology 1030 – Introduction to Criminalistics

  • Criminology 1010 – Introduction to Criminology

One FCE of: 

  • Psychology 1100 – Introduction to Psychology
  • Sociology 1100 – Introduction to Sociology
  • Political Science 1100 – Introduction to Political Science
  • Political Science 1301 – Introduction to Law

The balance of your courses will be electives.  

Personal Campus Environment

Lakehead Orillia offers a unique campus experience, being intimate in size and exceptionally modern in its facilities. The intimate learning environment facilitates a close and interactive student experience from first year, providing undergraduate students with opportunities to easily acquaint themselves with professors in the Criminology Program and become involved with professors’ research projects. 

Scholarship Funding

Lakehead University also offers an outstanding scholarship program. Students entering the Criminology Program with an average from high school of 80% or greater are eligible for various scholarship funding, including automatic entrance awards (further details are available here).

Unique Learning Opportunities

The Lakehead Criminology experience emphasizes a practitioner orientation, which will intimately familiarize you with the three pillars of the Canadian criminal justice system: policing, prosecution, and corrections. Delve into the world of forensic evidence collection and the scientific analysis of physical evidence as well as the role of forensic science in criminal justice proceedings.


More information about Payment Methods, and Payment Due Dates can be found here: Student Fees Information



Arts & Science
Orillia
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1
$5,984.51
$948.30
$6,932.81
$3,466.41
$3,466.40
$1,196.90
$1,275.86
$598.45
$637.93
2
$5,955.86
$928.30
$6,884.16
$3,442.08
$3,442.08
$1,191.17
$1,270.13
$595.59
$635.07
3
$5,915.30
$928.30
$6,843.60
$3,421.80
$3,421.80
$1,183.06
$1,262.02
$591.53
$631.01
4
$5,398.29
$928.30
$6,326.59
$3,163.30
$3,163.29
$1,079.66
$1,158.62
$539.83
$579.31
YearTuitionAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$23,731.00
$948.30
$24,679.30
$12,339.65
$12,339.65
$4,746.20
$4,825.16
$2,373.10
$2,412.58
2-4
$23,731.00
$928.30
$24,659.30
$12,329.65
$12,329.65
$4,746.20
$4,825.16
$2,373.10
$2,412.58
In addition to the above, International Students must pay the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) which is payable in full with your first installment. Please click here for more information about UHIP