Study in one of the largest Criminology departments in the world.

This program is an opportunity for you to engage with and learn from both nationally and internationally renowned professors. You will acquire foundational knowledge about criminology and the workings of the Criminal Justice System, along with in-depth knowledge in carceral studies, crimes of the powerful, culture and crime, and intervention and social action.

Why choose the Department of Criminology

During your fourth year, you can explore topics of interest in greater depth through three different options: traditional course format, field placements or research. If you choose our unique research option, you will participate in four seminars on very different themes facilitated by professors conducting research in the area of study. In each seminar, you will conduct original research under the professor’s supervision.

Part of your learning experience

In partnership with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Department offers a course based on the “Walls to Bridges” program model. A small group of students from the University of Ottawa and youth from a detention centre study together as peers. Classes are held inside a detention centre and the instructor acts as a facilitator to guide discussions on the various topics



Province Prerequisites Admission averages
Ontario English or Français 4U high 70s
Quebec – CEGEP English (603) or Français (601) mid 60s
Quebec – Secondary V English or Français 84%
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Department of Criminology

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4 years120 units
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Honours in Criminology

4 years120 units
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Joint Honours in Criminology and in Feminist and Gender Studies

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Major in Criminology

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Minor in Criminology

Sidra Hashmi, Graduate
Student Voices

“I joined my program because I wanted to provide a voice to the voiceless, and it was better than I imagined.”

Sidra Hashmi

— Graduate

Justin Piché, Professor

“We teach our students alternative ways of thinking about the harms we’ve come to call “crime”.”

Justin Piché

— Professor

What to expect

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French immersion

Located in the heart of Ottawa, which is the national capital and an officially bilingual city, the University of Ottawa has been a bilingual institution for more than 150 years. Immersion students have multiple opportunities to learn French in a wonderful cultural context and an innovative learning environment whose efficiency and successfulness has been proven.
Find out more about French immersion