Carleton University’s undergraduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice has been in existence for over 40 years. It is one of the longest running criminology programs in Canada. It was first introduced as a concentration in Criminology and Corrections within the Majors of Psychology and Sociology, as well the combined Majors of Psych/Soc, Psych/Law and Soc/Law.

Loeb Building

Loeb Building

The interest in Criminology steadily grew and it became a Major unto itself in 1998, while keeping the interdisciplinary format for which it has become so well known. Enrollment far exceeded expectations and the program continues to be one of the largest BA programs on campus today.

The Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice is an academic unit within The Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA). Our faculty brings together diverse academic units that prepare graduates to address regional and global challenges with the aim of building better societies and attracts students and scholars who seek to interact with and bring positive change to the community and world around them.

FPA offers its students a number of valuable opportunities, including:

  • International learning experiences
  • Carleton University Research Opportunity (CUROP)
  • IPAF 4900 research mentorship opportunity
  • Dean’s Honour List Reception
  • FPA Ambassadors
  • Events, including the FPA Research Series

The Carleton Advantage

In addition to the faculty members appointed directly to the Institute, professors participating in the program are also drawn from the Departments of Law and Legal Studies, Psychology, and Sociology and Anthropology. Many have national and international scholarly reputations. As the nation’s capital, Ottawa has many advantages to offer students of criminology and criminal justice. For example, Canada’s Parliament enacts our criminal laws. In addition, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Department of Justice, and Solicitor General Canada, are all located in Ottawa.

A distinctive feature of the program includes the opportunity for students to complete a field placement that provides for the development of professional skills and the integration of theoretical knowledge in a practical setting. A wide range of placement opportunities are available, including front line work with criminalized individuals, with victims, crown attorneys and lawyers, and with researchers and policy analysts in criminal justice and crime prevention.