Program Requirements for Field Placement Stream


Students are strongly advised to include the following courses in their first year of post secondary studies.

  • ★3 Sociology 100;
  • ★3 Psychology 104;
  • ★3 Psychology 105 

Basic Requirements:

Students seeking admission to Criminology should also include the basic requirements in their first year of post secondary studies.

The basic requirements for the BA Criminology program are the same as those for the BA common requirements:

  • ★3 Junior English*;
  • ★6 Language Other than English (if applicable)*;
  • ★6 Non Arts*;

*Junior refers to a 100, Senior refers to a 200 level or higher course at the UofA

*see Faculty of arts regulations on LOE (2 courses in the same language that is not English. If you have a language at the 30 level, equivalent, higher or two language courses (same language) at post-secondary level you will not need to complete two language courses.

*You will need *6 in Non-Arts courses to complete your degree. Any courses not offered by the Faculty of Arts, Native Studies or INT D Arts courses. 

Basic Requirements do not need to be completed prior to applying to the Criminology program. 

Note: This information is current for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students admitted in Fall 2018 and prior should consult the university calendar of their admission year for program requirements.

Course Requirements:

Information on course requirements can be found in the University of Alberta Academic Calendar where you can find detailed information about your program structure and course requirements. 

If you require further information, please speak with the Criminology Program Advisor

Subjects of concentration:

The principal subject is Sociology in which a minimum of ★36 at the senior level is required; a maximum of ★48 at the senior level is permitted.

Note: SOC 100 is not included in senior level courses. 

The following Sociology courses must be included in the program:

  • SOC 100 - Introductory Sociology
  • SOC 210 - Introduction to Social Statistics
  • SOC 225 - Criminology
  • SOC 315 - Introduction to Social Methodology
  • SOC 327 - Criminal Justice Administration in Canada
  • SOC 399 - Field Placement in Criminology
  • SOC 499 - Advanced Field Placement in Criminology

Note for Field Placement Stream Students: The final two years of the program must include the successful completion of SOC 399 and SOC 499. These courses are required as part of the principal subject of concentration and will involve supervised work experience. Students must obtain a minimum grade of B- in each component of SOC 399 and SOC 499 or repeat the entire course. 

Any one of the following:
  • SOC 224 - Sociology of Deviance and Conformity
  • SOC 226 - Social Studies of Surveillance
  • SOC 260 - Inequality and Social Stratification
Any one of the following:
  • SOC 321 - Youth, Crime and Society
  • SOC 370 - Racism and Decolonization
  • SOC 377 - Sociology of Youth
Any two of the following:
  • SOC 402 - Topics in Sociology (with prior departmental approval)
  • SOC 403 - Individual Study (with prior departmental approval) 
  • SOC 418 - Qualitative Methods in Social Research
  • SOC 420 - Topics in Criminal Justice
  • SOC 421 - Sociology of Punishment
  • SOC 423 - Crime and Public Policy
  • SOC 427 - Ethnicity, Immigration, and Crime
  • SOC 429 - Sociology of Law (with prior departmental approval)
  • SOC 430 - Women and Crime 
  • SOC 456 - Data Analysis and Research 

For Field Placement Stream Students, The total number of Sociology Course Weights is 39.

The second subject is composed of a multidisciplinary combination of courses and requires a minimum of ★15 to a maximum of ★36.

No more than ★15 from any second subject department is allowed.

The following courses must be included in the program:
PSYCO 104 - Basic Psychological Processes
PSYCO 105 - Individual and Social Behavior
Any one of the following:
NS 110 - Historical Perspectives in Native Studies NS 111 - Contemporary Perspectives in Native Studies NS 201 - Aboriginal Canada: Looking Forward/Looking Back
Any two of the following:
ANTHR 207 - Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology ANTHR 401 - Ethnographic Methods B LAW 301 - Legal Foundations of the Canadian Economy BUS 435 - Information, Ethics and Society CSL 100 - An Introduction to Community Engagement
CSL 200 - Theory and Practice in Community Service-Learning ECON 350 - The Economics of Public Expenditures EDPY 442 - Introduction to Counselling
HECOL 100 - Introduction to Principles and Practice in Human Ecology HECOL 210 - Intimate Relationships
HECOL 301 - Program Planning and Evaluation HECOL 313 - Family Dynamics

HECOL 315 - Interviewing and Counseling
HECOL 412 - Family Challenges HIST 362 - History of Alberta
HIST 368 - History of the Native Peoples of Canada to 1867 HIST 369 - History of the Native Peoples of Canada Since 1867 INT D 393 - Political Sociology INT D 394 - Introduction to Criminal Law- Not currently offered. NS 110 - Historical Perspectives in Native Studies

NS 111 - Contemporary Perspectives in Native Studies NS 200 - Aboriginal Canada: Looking Forward/Looking Back
NS 240 - Introduction to Aboriginal Legal Issues NS 320 - Aboriginal Governments and Politics NS 340 - Aboriginal Legal Issues

NS 442-Colonialism and the Criminal Justice System- Not currently offered. PHIL 250 - Contemporary Ethical Issues PHIL 350 - Foundations of Ethics PHIL 368 - Topics in Social Justice POL S 327 - Aboriginal Peoples and Politics in Canada
POL S 328 - Managing Modern Government POL S 390 - Law and Politics
PSYCO 223 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology PSYCO 239 - Abnormal Psychology PSYCO 282 - Behavior Modification
PSYCO 325 Applied Research in Developmental Psychology PSYCO 327 - Adolescent Development PSYCO 333 - Personality Theory
PSYCO 335 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology SMO 200 - Introduction to Management for Non-Business Students
WGS 102 - Gender and Social Justice WGS 360 - Race, Class, and Gender WGS 420 - Law and Feminism in Canada
WGS 431 - Feminism and Sexual Assault

No more than ★6 at the junior level may be taken to satisfy the second subject requirements (excluding PSYCO courses).  

It is recommended that Criminology students:

  • Check ahead to see what 200-, 300-, and 400-level courses most interest you to build in appropriate prerequisite courses into your program.
  • Refer to your Academic Advisement report on Bear Tracks to track the progress of degree completion.  

It is recommended that Criminology students considering graduate studies take the following courses: 

  • SOC 212 - Classical Social Theory
  • SOC 335 - Themes in Contemporary Social Theory