Justice Studies (full-time)

“In just the last few years, we’ve seen a demand emerge for all elements of the justice system to work together.  Enforcement agencies, mental health agencies, human rights groups – this new demand is transforming virtually every aspect of how we think of and how we deliver our justice services on a global scale.  This is a remarkable time to help ensure fairness and equity.”

-Dr. Gary Ellis, Program Head, Justice Studies

The field of justice is changing immensely.  With greater awareness of how various parts of society intersect has come a new focus on the justice system as a whole.  We have cybercrime, we have an aging population, we have globalization, we have migrating populations, and we have new expectations of how these pieces should work together.

In a field that’s on the leading edge of many technological, societal, and rights-based issues, it’s clear that today’s world requires more than just traditional tools.  As accountability and responsibility are being redefined for all those working in justice, so, too, are the required skills and education.

So while the landscape shifts to accommodate these latest changes, how do you learn to navigate a field in full swing?  You learn the most up-to-date information while gaining experience in the field.  That’s why we emphasize both theoretical knowledge and applied skills.

You learn about the justice system as a whole so that you can find your place within it.  From conducting investigations to the Charter of Rights, you understand not only the range of functions within the justice system, but their significance and connectivity. 

Seeing your knowledge take shape in the field doesn’t begin when the learning ends – it happens concurrently.  With 200 hours of practical experience, you are exposed to various settings, networks and issues of justice.  The collective experience is like no other.

Whether you choose to become a police officer, a lawyer, a policy analyst, or a CSIS investigator - you’ll have the most relevant knowledge base, real life experiences, and credentials to get you there.

What credentials will I graduate with?

Earn BOTH an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Justice Studies AND a Diploma in either Police Foundations or in Community and Justice Services.

Given the new requirements for specialization and career advancement, working in this field means more than having the right skills – it means having the right credentials.  A university degree and a diploma means you’ll have everything you need should you want to specialize now or get promoted later. 

You gain both theoretical knowledge and applied skills – that’s why you graduate with two credentials.  Both an honours degree from the University of Guelph, and a diploma from Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning – two of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. All in four years of full-time study.

Our curriculum is what makes the difference.  It innovatively combines theoretical and applied learning so that you are better prepared for whatever you may choose to do – whether that means beginning a career or pursuing graduate studies.

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