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2020-2021 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
2020-2021 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, BA-CJ (Honours)

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General Information

The Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice (Honours) is a four-year baccalaureate degree program. The curriculum for the degree educates students in six program areas including, Foundations in Justice Studies, Human Relations, Human Justice, Criminological Literacy, Experiential Learning and General Education. This program provides professional preparation for students wishing to pursue careers such as Law Enforcement, Canadian Border Services, Immigration Canada, Provincial and Federal Corrections Officer, as well as a range of justice-related careers outside of law enforcement and corrections. The Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice (Honours) degree is unique in Alberta. Students in the Honours program will develop enhanced knowledge and skills that are particularly suited for preparation to apply for graduate study in criminology/criminal justice and law school.

Continuance in the Program

Students accepted into the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice (Honours) degree program must comply with all University policies and regulations relating to Bachelor of Arts degrees and continuance.

Opportunities for Further Study

The Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice (Honours) degree does not guarantee either eligibility for, or admission into, graduate studies or law school. Graduates must meet the individual universities’ admission requirements in a competitive process. However, past graduates of Mount Royal’s justice-related undergraduate degree have earned admission into several justice-related Master of Arts degrees and law schools across Canada. Students considering graduate school or law school are encouraged to investigate their postgraduate educational plans with an academic advisor at the institution in which they are seeking to enrol.

Acceptance Requirements - Honours Stream

Students who are interested in pursuing graduate or law school after graduating from Mount Royal should consider applying for admission into the Honours stream in the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice. Students must complete a Department application for acceptance into the Honours stream as part of acceptance requirements. The application process generally occurs once the student has successfully completed 25 courses in the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice degree. Intake to the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice (Honours) occurs in the 1st term of the 3rd year and the seminar is delivered in the 2nd term of the 3rd year.

Students must also meet the following requirements:

  • The entry requirement includes a 3.3 cumulative GPA with a GPA of 3.5 in Justice courses.
  • Written sponsorship of a full-time tenured or tenure-track instructor in the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies indicating a willingness to act as the student’s Honours project advisor.

The Honours stream involves a different set of fourth-year courses than those found in the 4th year of study in the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice. In place of completing a 6-credit practicum and one Criminal Justice Option course, students complete an Honours seminar and a 6-credit Honours research project (spread over two semesters).

General Education Requirements

Ten courses must be completed to meet the General Education requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice.

  1. Four courses will be taken at the foundational level: one from each of the thematic clusters. 
  2. Three courses will be taken at the second tier: no more than one from each of the thematic clusters. One of these courses must be from the Numeracy and Scientific Literacy cluster.
  3. Three courses must be taken at the third tier, selected from at least two of the thematic clusters.


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