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First-Year Advising Guide - Bachelor of Criminal Justice

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Welcome to the Criminal Justice degree at Mount Royal University!

Congratulations on your admission to the Criminal Justice degree! As a student in the program, you will be able to open doors to a wide range of learning and career opportunities.

If you are eager to register in your courses, below are the recommended first-year courses. You will not be able to register until you have met with your Academic Advisor, Leann Acheson. Please see the section “How do I access my advisor?” for your options on connecting with your Academic Advisor.

Degree overview

Major - 21 courses All students in the Criminal Justice program complete 21 core courses throughout their four years, beginning with an introduction to law enforcement, community outreach and victim services.
General Education - 10 courses You choose your Gen Ed courses from four clusters:
  • numeracy and scientific literacy,
  • values, beliefs and identity,
  • community and society, and
  • communication
Electives - 8 courses

You are also required to take a certain number of electives for your degree. An elective is any course that does not fulfill a requirement for the Core, Major or General Education. There are hundreds of courses to choose from depending on your program.

First-year courses

The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule.

In your first year, you should register in the following courses:

  • Four (3-credit) CRJS courses
  • Five (3-credit) GNED courses
  • One (3-credit) Elective

First-year recommended courses:

Please see the General Education Requirement section in this guide for your specific requirements for the Criminal Justice degree.

* One course per cluster from the approved list. GNED courses in your first year should be chosen from Foundation and Tier 2 only.

General Education courses

What are General Education courses?

A great education doesn’t just make you an expert in one area - it gives you a well-rounded knowledge base in a variety of areas. That is why all of Mount Royal’s baccalaureate degree and diploma programs will include General Education, a collection of courses in a range of subjects that will complement studies in your chosen field.


As you start your studies, you take a total of four Gen Ed foundation courses. Choose one from each cluster.

Cluster 1: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy

Cluster 2: Values, Beliefs and Identity

Cluster 3: Community and Society

Cluster 4: Communication

Tier 2

As you progress through your degree you will choose from a wider variety of courses. In Tier 2 you will take a total of three courses:

  • one Tier 2 course from cluster 1, and
  • two Tier 2 courses from two different clusters (2, 3, or 4)

Tier 3

You must take three Tier 3 courses. These three courses must be from at least two different clusters.

You could take:

  • three Tier 3 courses, each from a different cluster (Total 3); or
  • two Tier 3 courses from one cluster, plus one more from a different cluster (Total 3).

Registering for courses

It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements as outlined in the information above.

Use the online Academic Calendar to explore possible courses of interest and to check that you meet prerequisites. You will register for courses using the registration system found in mymru.ca, Register & Pay tab.

Visit our Tutorials page for useful videos to guide you on using mymru, our degree audit system (mruGradU8), course descriptions and how to register for your courses.

We also have an online tool to help you plan your courses for the year: My Schedule Builder. View schedule options and create a timetable that works best for you. Access My Schedule Builder through your mymru.ca account under the ‘Register&Pay’ tab, in the ‘My Schedule Builder’ section.

Tracking your degree progress

mruGradU8 is a program audit system and advising tool designed to assist you in reviewing your academic history, identifying requirements you completed and those that are still needed for graduation. As you move through your degree, mruGradU8 will become a great planning tool for you to measure your progress.

You will log in to mruGradU8 through your mymru.ca account, under the ‘My Program’ tab. When you click on the icon or follow the link, your audit will open.

In order to ensure that your curriculum is current, please click the ‘Process New’ tab at the top of the audit every time that you login to mruGradU8.

The information in your audit is separated into three sections:

  • Core and/or Major Requirements
  • General Education (GNED) Requirements
  • Electives
  • If you declare a minor, which is optional, this will be added to the bottom of your audit.

Each semester, information about your course registration will be added to your audit so you can see which courses you register in and which ones you complete. This will be a great tool for you and your advisor to use to ensure that the courses you are taking will meet graduation requirements for your program.

Please visit this page for more information about mruGradU8, including frequently asked questions.

Your advisor

 New Student Registration

Your Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice Academic Advisor, Leann Acheson, is here to support you with the start of your degree. You will need to meet with her before you are able to register for your courses.

This information has been carefully prepared to guide you in planning your first year. Please contact Leann by email to schedule your advising appointment. (lacheson@mtroyal.ca)


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