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Bachelor of Social Science - Criminal Justice

Credential: Honours Degree Program Code: CJ411 Length: 8 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
    • Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
    • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.


Post-Admission Requirements:

Once enrolled in the program and prior to commencing your work placement, you will require the following:

  • Valid Standard First Aid with CPR-C and Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Some work placement agencies have standards for minimum hearing and vision. Employers that provide work term opportunities may require students to undergo a vulnerable sector check for criminal offences. Mandatory bonding is a requirement for some sectors of the criminal justice field. It is important for potential students to understand that the requirements noted above are beyond the control of Humber College and may prevent students from completing the full program, including the work term portion, and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this program.

Note: During your program of study, a vulnerable sector check will be requested. In respect of the 90-day limit on validity of vulnerable sector checks and the types required by various agencies, please do not attain a vulnerable sector check prior to being accepted to the program. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreOpenClosed

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters is:

  • domestic: $7,307.00
  • international: $15,881.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

The cost of textbooks and supplies is approximately $300 – $500 per semester.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Alternative Course of Study

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Social Science - Criminal Justice degree program should consider applying for the following diploma program(s). View program pages for pathway details:

Community and Justice Services >

Police Foundations >

Protection, Security and Investigation >


Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Post Graduate Certificates and Masters Degrees 

Credential Opportunity: Bachelor to Grad Cert / Masters
Location: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Institution(s): Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University will provide Humber graduates of all four-year Bachelor degrees with  an opportunity to apply and be considered for admission to Post-graduate Certificate and Masters level studies.  Graduates with Humber degrees who also meet additional admission requirements will be considered for admission to the following Masters level programs offered by Central Michigan University:  Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Administration.

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Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Humber Ontario Graduate Certificates

Humber offers a number of Ontario graduate certificates to help take your education further.

Ontario Graduate Certificates >

Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Joanna Amirault
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3231



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Applications to Humber are made through Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 5Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 6Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 7Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 8Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Humber’s Bachelor of Social Science – Criminal Justice degree program provides you with a broad-based understanding of the criminal justice system, why crime occurs and how best to respond to crime on both a societal and individual level. The curriculum combines both theory and applied skills, providing you with the breadth of knowledge and experience you need to meet the demands of a position in this field. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the perspectives of offenders, front-line professionals, administrators, the community and others who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

In the first year, you will participate in a Social Science foundation year including courses such as Introduction to Psychology, Sociology, Interpersonal Communication Skills, and Human Rights and Social Inclusion courses to ground you in the larger social science field. You will focus in specialized criminal justice courses in your second to fourth years of study. Your studies allow you to develop knowledge and skills critical to a variety of fast-paced, ever-changing settings within the criminal justice system.

Second-year courses provide a fundamental understanding of key concepts and theoretical approaches developed in relation to crime, victimization, criminalization, criminal justice and penal practice. Subsequent criminal justice course content includes more in-depth study of:

  • the nature and causes of crime
  • processes for managing crime
  • deviance and victimization
  • mental health and addictions
  • community safety
  • rehabilitation
  • recidivism
  • progressive reforms
  • restorative justice
  • alternatives to incarceration.

Humber’s multidisciplinary teaching approach emphasizes critical thinking, as well as analytical, organizational, research and writing skills. These are combined with the development of professional skills including communication, interpersonal skills, conflict management, problem solving, team building and leadership.

Note: Optional information sessions may be held throughout the year for applicants who wish to learn more about the program.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Semester 6

Semester 7

Semester 8


Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Describe and critically examine a range of key concepts and theoretical approaches within criminology and criminal justice and provide an evaluation of their application.

  • Evaluate complex social problems in terms of criminological theories of crime, deviance, victimization, crime control and penal practice.

  • Provide an analytical account of social diversity and inequality and their effects in relation to crime, victimization, crime control and penal practice.

  • Analyze the value of criminological work as it applies to crime, crime victims, policing, criminal justice and penal policies.

  • Outline and interpret the historical development of the Canadian Correctional System while discussing the core values and principles associated with the Criminal Justice System and evaluate the various ethical systems.

  • Analyze the structure and operation of correctional facilities.

  • Evaluate the complex role of the community in the Criminal Justice system while discussing the roles of the various players within the criminal justice system and the interdependence that exists among them.

  • Identify the process of program management and measure the cost and effectiveness of correctional programs.

  • Discuss the challenges and rewards of working with special populations in an institutional and community setting.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of institutional and community correctional intervention by comparing provincial, national and international jurisdictions while evaluating alternatives to the current correctional intervention strategies, with a view to anticipating future directions.

  • Examine and apply a range of research strategies and methods and assess the appropriateness of their use.

  • Formulate and evaluate criminological questions with clarity while analyzing the ethical implications of criminological research in a variety of applied research settings.

  • Discuss criminological topics with an appreciation of criminological theory, of evidence, limitations, and of relevance to current debates and present conclusions in a variety of appropriate academic formats.

  • Employ effective interpersonal communication skills and techniques to interact with clients, team members and the community overall, working effectively and assertively in groups or teams to achieve desired goals and resolve differing and/or opposing ideas and points of view through the use of effective conflict management skills.

  • Acknowledge the limits of knowledge in the field of social science and criminal justice through academic writing and professional practices.

  • Adhere to the laws, codes, regulations, standards and practices to protect the health, safety and welfare of clients, the public and other professionals in the Criminal Justice System.

  • Demonstrate ongoing self-reflection, self-awareness, self-confidence, self-direction, self-management and use resources to plan for and attain personal, career and work-related goals.


Work Placement

Use and sharpen new skills while gaining crucial on-the-job work experience during two mandatory work terms that take place after semesters four and six on a full-time or part-time basis (280 hours each term). The placements, which are unpaid, are arranged with the assistance of a Humber placement advisor.

The Humber Experience

Watch the video to learn more about the Criminal Justice degree program and see our state-of-the-art facilities.

Student Success

Associate Dean Dr. Jeanine Webber, Program Coordinator for the BAA-CJ Dr. Alyssa Ferns and two 4th year BAA-CJ students, Marina Alves and Anna Maskulka traveled to Winnipeg, MB for the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Applied Research Symposium where Marina and Anna received awards for their contributions to applied research.

The Humber Advantage

criminal justice video

centre for justice leadership

Common Platform Advantage

Two common semesters between the Community Development and Criminal Justice Degree programs give students the chance to develop a broader understanding of courses with flexibility to move between degree options before year two.

State-of-the-art Labs

At the heart of the Criminal Justice programs lies the Humber Centre for Justice Leadership, a state-of-the-art building designed to take education above and beyond the classroom.

Industry Partnerships

Humber’s School of Social & Community Services enjoys an excellent reputation within the criminal justice community, both locally and internationally.

Explore the Sim Lab

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Sim Lab

Explore the Sim Lab as students use the latest in digital technology, FAAC simulators create life like situations to train students in driving skills, conflict resolution and the use of force. The School of Social and Community Services has acquired this leading edge system, the first full 180-degree, interfacing simulators in Canada, to support your learning in a safe environment that provides immediate feedback and customizes based on your approach.

Our Faculty

You’ll learn from expert professors who bring both advanced degrees and a wealth of experience from the field to the classroom. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.

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Joanna Amirault

PhD (Criminology) - Simon Fraser University, BC
MA (Criminology) - Simon Fraser University, BC
BA (Sociology) - Queen's University
Professor and Program Coordinator

Daniel Bear

PhD - London School of Economics
MSc - London School of Economics
BA - University of California at Santa Cruz

Samantha Brown

BA – York University
Masters of Public Policy, Administration & Law – York University
Juris Doctor – In progress – Osgoode Hall Law School

Ann Corbold

MA  - Central Michigan University 
Masters of Law – York  University 

Arun Dhanota

MA – University of Guelph

Alyssa Ferns

PhD - Carleton University
MA - Carleton University
BA (Honours) - University of Guelph
Professor and Program Coordinator

Mike Gamble

MSc – Niagara University, New York, USA
BA – Wilfrid Laurier University

Art Lockhart

MEd – University of Toronto
BA (Sociology – Honours) – York University

Greg McElligott

PhD – York University
MA – Carleton University
BA (Honours) – Carleton University

Christine McKenzie

PhD – OISE, University of Toronto
MA - York University
BA - University of Western Ontario

Aqeel Saeid

PhD (Sociology) – University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
MA (Criminology) – University of Toronto
MA (Sociology) – University of Baghdad, Iraq
BA (Sociology) – University of Baghdad, Iraq
Diploma (Addiction Studies) – University of Toronto – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Carmine Spadafora

MSc - Niagara University
BEd - University of Toronto
BSc - University of Guelph

Doug Thomson

DPhil – University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
MSocSci – University of Natal, South Africa
BSocSci (Honours) – University of Natal, South Africa

Mark Totten

PhD - Carleton University
MSW - Carleton Unversity
BA (Honours) - Queen's University


Your Career

Your career will allow you to help contribute towards creating safe and healthy communities.

You may find yourself in a variety of roles such as police officer, sheriff, court officer, provincial probation and parole officer, federal parole officer, provincial or federal adult correctional officer, provincial youth service officer, open custody youth worker, community crime prevention worker, victim services worker, insurance fraud investigator, transportation enforcement officer, border services officer, finance inspectors (tobacco) and policy analyst.

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of settings such as institutional or community corrections, police services, government agencies, and non-government organizations.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Opportunities for membership include: 

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

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Meet Evan Harrison


Meet Evan Harrison. Evan is a graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice Degree program. Watch the video to find out more about how the program helped Evan prepare to work in Criminal Justice.

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