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Justice Studies

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Honours Bachelor of Applied Science
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Diploma in Police Foundations OR Community and Justice Services

Why study Justice at UofGH?

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Transfer Credit for Previous Postsecondary Education

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Focused Program

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Industry Connections

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Located in Toronto

Live & Study in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Study In + Explore Toronto

Toronto is a dynamic place to live and learn. The Greater Toronto Area is home to approximately 5.4 million people, one-sixth of Canada’s population; nearly half of that population is made up of residents from around the world.

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3 million people live in the City of Toronto

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Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world

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More than 140 languages & dialects are spoken in Toronto

Attending university in Canada’s cultural, economic and business centre will play an essential role in your program opportunities.

Our campus is serviced by four transit systems that link you to urban and rural destinations.

Explore Toronto and get to know its 140 neighbourhoods! Visit local tourist attractions including the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Kensington Market, Scotiabank Arena, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Zoo, St. Lawrence Market, Distillery District and Niagara Falls (two hours away).

Where else can you experience festivals celebrating food, music and people from other countries within a few city blocks? Your choices for recreation off campus are unlimited with large- and small-scale facilities and venues for sports, music, theatre and art.

Focused Academic Program

Throughout your four years, you will be exposed to the justice system: from the rules we follow, to dealing with people and communities, to the hands-on processing of crime scenes and making arrests. Build key skills required in any area of justice such as critical thinking, research methods and how to write effectively.

In your first year, you will build a foundation in justice and related fields. In year two, you begin to take courses that touch on various services and how they are delivered, such as counselling, conflict resolution, forensics and policing.

In your second year, you decide which diploma to pursue, focusing in on one of these two areas:

Community and Justice Services

Focuses on social issues and explores the development of community programs, ways to work with both victims and offenders, and methods of crime prevention.

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Police Foundations

Prepares you for a career in the various levels of law enforcement in the Canadian justice system.

Years three and four move on to advanced courses that immerse you in issues such as ethics; equality; rights and freedoms; youth and the law; and criminology.

Earn the academic and practical experience needed for work related to law, immigration, social justice, policing, security, parole or probation. Develop strategies for working in a public service role with high-risk individuals in public, private, community and institutional settings.

Throughout your studies, you will be exposed to the justice system: from the rules we follow, to dealing with people and communities, to the hands-on processing of crime scenes and making arrests. Build key skills required in any area of justice such as critical thinking, research methods and how to write effectively.

You will decide which diploma to pursue, focusing in on one of these two areas:

Community and Justice Services

Focuses on social issues and explores the development of community programs, ways to work with both victims and offenders, and methods of crime prevention.

Or

Police Foundations

Prepares you for a career in the various levels of law enforcement in the Canadian justice system.

Our advanced courses will immerse you in issues such as ethics; equality; rights and freedoms; youth and the law; and criminology.

Join our award-winning competition teams and travel!

First-year Courses

  • Crime & Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Offences
  • English I: Reading & Writing Effectively > Health & Wellness
  • Introduction to Law
  • Introduction to Police Powers
  • Introductory Psychology: Dynamics
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Provincial Legislation
  • Public Sector Management

Note: First-year courses and the Justice Studies program plan may be subject to change.

Transfer Pathways

If you have any postsecondary education and you wish to apply to the University of Guelph-Humber, then you are a Transfer Applicant.

College Block Credit Transfer Pathway

Our college block credit transfer pathways allow you to move seamlessly with your college diploma into our honours program.

If you have completed one of the following two-year diplomas from a recognized Ontario college, with a minimum cumulative average of 75%, you are eligible for 10.0 transfer credits (equivalent to approximately two years of study):

  • Community and Justice Services
  • Law and Security Administration
  • Police Foundations
  • Protection, Security and Investigation

If you have earned a two-year Paralegal diploma from a recognized Ontario college, with a minimum cumulative average of 75%, you are eligible for up to 5.0 transfer credits (equivalent to approximately one year of study).

General Transfer Applicants

If you are not eligible as a College Block Credit Transfer applicant, you are considered a General Transfer Applicant.

Coming from a diploma program

If you have completed coursework or a diploma from a college diploma program, you must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% to be considered for admission.

Coming from a degree program

If you have completed a degree or degree-related coursework from a recognized college or university program, you must have a minimum cumulative average of 70% to be considered for admission.

Part-time Study for Professionals

If you have a minimum of three years of full-time work experience in a related field and some postsecondary education, you may be interested in our part-time program to earn your Bachelor of Applied Arts with a specialization in Justice and Public Safety.

Experiential Learning

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Workplace Experience

Unique to our justice program, you will take part in at least 200 hours of community service placements in your second and third years, experiencing two justice agencies/organizations.

Past placements include:

  • Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Elizabeth Fry Society
  • Law offices
  • Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Toronto Court Services
  • Toronto South Detention Centre
  • Various police services
  • Yonge Street Mission

Note: You may be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening and/or Criminal Reference Check prior to placement.

Sample Careers + Further Education

  • Anti-terrorism Analyst
  • Border Services Officer
  • Corporate Investigator
  • Court Reporter
  • Bylaw Enforcement Officer
  • Crime Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Anti-money Laundering Investigator
  • Parliamentary Assistant
  • Corporate Security Manager
  • Parole Officer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Insurance Investigator
  • Probation Officer
  • Case Worker
  • Police Officer
  • Victim Services Worker
  • Law School
  • Master of Arts in Criminology
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Political Science

Note: Some careers and entry into further education may require additional study.

Dalton

Dalton B.
Currently in 4th year of the Justice Studies program
Planning to pursue graduate school, e.g. Masters in Criminology or International Relations/Political Science 

“Small class sizes allow me to better connect with my classmates and professors. I have developed personal and professional connections that have allowed me to excel beyond what I ever thought I was capable of.”

  • Administrative Assistant, Front-Desk
  • Swoop, School Mascot
  • President, Alpha Phi Sigma
  • Competitor, Osgoode Cup and Lions Cup Mooting Competitions
  • Member, Pre-Law Society
  • Student Senator
  • Study Abroad, Costa Rica
  • Founders' Academic Merit Scholarship
  • Justice Studies Scholarship
 

Opportunities

Investigate crime

Evaluate staged crime scenes in our crime scene investigation (CSI) room. Use mock court to role-play a case. Learn investigative techniques and how to handle evidence. Join one of our CSI teams and compete in competitions abroad.

Observe social issues

In the Canadian Social Problems course, take part in a street walk with classmates and faculty in downtown Toronto to observe and research social issues, such as poverty and homelessness.

The City Law School (LLB)

The University of Guelph-Humber and The City Law School, City, University of London have partnered to offer you a prime law school opportunity. Earn a senior status law degree in only two years following completion of your honours degree.

  • Eligible for admission with a competitive average
  • No LSAT
  • Reduced tuition

Study in London, England, where the largest law firms in the world are located. The Graduate Entry LLB (Hons) program attracts students from all over the world—many from Canada. Follow in the footsteps of renowned alumni such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

University of London (LLM)

The partnership with the University of London allows our justice graduates to study for a prestigious Master of Laws (LLM) anywhere in the world with their online program. You can complete a general degree or pursue a specialization.

  • Start at any time
  • Complete at your own pace
  • Reduced tuition

Research as an undergraduate

If research interests you, get to know the many research opportunities inside and outside of class. Get paid and do research as a Research Assistant with instructors funded by the University’s Research Grant Fund.

  • Apply classroom knowledge
  • Develop skills in conducting experiments, research and data collection
  • Contribute to research publications

Study Abroad

Through instructor-guided study tours, you experience concepts discussed in class. Because all study abroad courses are partially subsidized by the University, the opportunities are within reach. You may also be eligible for a study abroad travel grant, ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

Past highlights include:

  • Going to outdoor classrooms in Odense where children interact with nature: an example of Denmark’s unique contribution to child development
  • Learning about a philosophy of well-being and global citizenship in Japan
  • Exploring the interplay between sport, health and culture in New Zealand’s Australasian society
  • Understanding freedom of speech through the examples set in the Netherlands and Denmark
  • Heading to the Galápagos Islands and inland Ecuador to study “eco-psychology” - the attitudes, perceptions and behaviour of people toward the environment
  • Visiting areas of historical/cultural significance in Ireland to interact with academics, community groups, and agencies involved in governance, democracy and human rights

Get Involved!

Societies

Societies are related to our seven academic programs and offer a realm of activities outside of class with a focus on your field of interest. They can help you develop leadership skills, gain professional experience and network.

Join the Criminal Justice Honour Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, that promotes academic excellence, community service, educational leadership and unity. Become a member of the Pre-Law Society to foster a culture of legal inquiry and critical thought processes in the academic community; members compete in moot court competitions and prepare for LSATs and law school.

Agora Fellowship

Be a part of the Agora Fellowship: a select group of students who discuss ideas and themes from renowned books in a regular forum led by Assistant Vice-Provost Dr. George Bragues. Build your extracurricular experience. Every year the Fellowship takes a trip related to their current topics; destinations have included Boston, Montreal, New York and Washington.

Soka Education Research Initiative on Global Citizenship

Join the Soka Education Research Initiative on Global Citizenship: a global, undergraduate, research project—the first of its kind in the world—led by Family and Community Social Services Program Head Dr. Paul Sherman. Explore how to nurture human potential and happiness for the greater benefit of humankind through the study of Soka (value-creating) education and global citizenship. Travel as a Research Associate to present study results at professional symposiums.

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