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Justice Studies

Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Justice Studies
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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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Located in Toronto


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.

Transfer into our Justice program to 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 groups and individuals in private, institutional and community 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. Be prepared for graduate or professional studies.

Join our award-winning competition teams and travel!

First-year Courses

  • Crime & Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Offences
  • Health & Wellness I
  • Introduction to Law
  • Introduction to Police Powers
  • Introductory Psychology: Dynamics
  • Justice Studies Writing & Communication Skills
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Provincial Legislation
  • Public Sector Management

Note: First-year courses and the Justice Studies program overview 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
  • 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 have previous postsecondary experience and 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 online 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:

  • Various police services
  • Law offices
  • Ministry of the Attorney General
  • St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton,
    Forensic Psychiatry Program
  • Private investigation/security companies
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Toronto South Detention Centre/
    Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General
  • Elizabeth Fry Society
  • Public Safety Canada
  • Toronto Court Services

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


Program Overview

Take a look at the courses that make up the Justice Studies program. Course scheduling is subject to change.

Sample Careers + Further Education

  • Anti-terrorism Analyst
  • Corporate Investigator
  • Victim Services Worker
  • Bylaw Enforcement
  • Crime Analyst
  • Police Officer
  • Border Services Officer
  • Anti-money Laundering Investigator
  • Research Analyst
  • Master of Arts in Criminology
  • Law School
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Ontario Graduate Certificate in
    Alternative Dispute Resolution

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

ovais

Ovais A.
Graduated 2017
Articling Student, North York
Crown Attorney's Office
Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2020

“The hyper-focused learning and understanding of the intricacies of the criminal justice system, from the program, helped centre me throughout my legal studies and journey."

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Caroline

Caroline T.
Graduated 2012
Currently working as Director,
Product Strategy & Innovation, RBC Ventures

“I liked that the Justice Studies program prepared me, whether I ultimately decided to go on to practice law, to work in law enforcement, to work in academia, or to work in the correctional system, among other outcomes."

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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.

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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.

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Get certified

Register to take part in mental health first-aid training, and have it officially recognized on your Co-Curricular Record.

Get Certified
 

Network

We host the largest justice career networking fair in Canada. Be there.

Network
 

A future in law

After graduation, take advantage of our partnerships to study law in England. Earn a senior status law degree (LLB) with The City Law School, City, University of London in just two years, or a Master of Law (LLM) through distance learning with the University of London in one to five years (full- or part-time). 

  • 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.

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Research as an undergraduate

If research interests you, get to know the many research opportunities inside and outside of class. Get paid and conduct 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
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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 Soka education—a philosophy of well-being and global citizenship in Japan
  • Exploring the interplay between sport, health and culture in New Zealand’s Australasian society
  • Immersing in the Italian food experience from production to consumption in Italy, including a visit to the world's first food theme park
  • Heading to the Galápagos Islands and inland Ecuador to study "eco-psychology"—exploring attitudes, perceptions and behaviour of people toward the environment
  • Understanding freedom of speech through examples set in the Netherlands and Denmark
  • 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. They can help you develop leadership skills, gain professional experience and network. Check out our Clubs and Societies page.

Join the Criminal Justice Honour Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, that promotes academic excellence, community service, educational leadership and unity. Plus, work with Innocence Canada.

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 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 Centre on Global Citizenship

Join the Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship: a global undergraduate research project—the first of its kind in the world—led by 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 Assistant to present study results at professional symposiums.