Honours Bachelor of Police Studies

Honours Bachelor of Police Studies

Program Code
Honours Bachelor Degree

Program requirements

  • 27 Mandatory Core Courses
  • 4 Mandatory Non-Core Courses
  • 1 Mandatory Non-Core Psychology Course
  • 4 Elective Courses (Specialty Topics: Core or Non-Core)
  • 4 Elective Non-Core Courses
  • 2 Co-op Work Terms

Program Description

The Honours Bachelor of Police Studies degree encourages a broadened critical understanding of the nature, role and function of policing. Students will explore a variety of topics offering opportunities for careers in law enforcement. The program learning outcomes value an integrated learning approach to police education that will provide a diverse range of students with the critical mix of professionalism, technical/legal expertise and analytical skills necessary to succeed in justice-related careers. This multi-dimensional degree complements, rather than duplicates, existing educational initiatives, offering courses that encourage increasing levels of thinking and analysis, which are dynamic in design, rationale and delivery. The learning outcomes are designed to directly calibrate with the policing community and its high professional standards.

Program course requirements
Course Title Course Code Equivalents Mandatory
Canadian Criminal Justice POLC1002   Mandatory
Contemp Issues in Criminology POLC3000  
Contemp Social Movements POLC4007  
Criminal Law: Adv POLC2005  
Cyberspace: Trends and Issues POLC4009  
Doc Prep/Pres Police POLC3005  
Ergonomics and Wellness POLC4002  
Ethics In Policing POLC4000  
Forensic Science POLC3003  
Foundations of Interviewing POLC3002   Mandatory
Fundamental Concepts:Crim Law POLC1004   Mandatory
Human Kinetics for Policing POLC1005   Mandatory
Human Res Mgmt in Policing POLC4005   Mandatory
Incident Command POLC4003  
Integrated Science SCEN1000  
Interpersonal Communications POLC1001   Mandatory
Introduction to Police Studies POLC1000   Mandatory
Introduction to Psychology 1 PSYC1000  
Introduction to Psychology 2 PSYC1001  
Introduction to Sociology SOCI1000  
Investigation and Evidence POLC3006  
Mental Health Issues POLC2007   Mandatory
Organized Crime POLC4008  
Philosophy of Food HUMA2027  
Pol.Studies Adv Perspectives POLC2000  
Police Powers in Canada POLC2003   Mandatory
Police Studies Work Term 1 COOP1018  
Police Studies Work Term 2 COOP2015  
Principles in Traffic Law POLC3004  
Prof Standards in Policing POLC4001   Mandatory
Provincial Offences POLC2006   Mandatory
Public And Media Relations POLC4004  
Research Methods for Policing POLC2002  
Rules of Evidence POLC3001  
Sociology for Policing POLC1007  
Victimology POLC4012  

Additional Info

The College has been granted consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree. The college shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Non-core courses are required in all degree programs to meet the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities benchmark for depth and breadth in degree-level learning. These courses are designed to give students the tools to develop interdisciplinary perspectives that inform their approach to their own discipline, their continued education and their life outside work.

Students are required to take: at least one first year interdisciplinary course (INTS1xxx); two introductory courses in their choice of disciplines outside their main field of study, which may include psychology (PSYC1000 or 1001), social science (SOCI1000), humanities (HUMA1000), or science (SCEN1000); one advanced course in a discipline (ex. PSYC3xxx, SOSC3xxx, HUMA3xxx), and; one upper level interdisciplinary course (INTS4xxx). These courses and any remaining non-core course requirements to be selected from the program list.

Please Note
In Canada the various federal, provincial and municipal acts and regulations outline special requirements for those entering a career as a law enforcement officer. Students wishing to pursue such careers should ensure that they will be able to meet the physical and educational requirements before enrolling. Potential students with a criminal record will need to discuss their personal situations with college before enrolling in the program. In some cases an official criminal record may make it more difficult for students to complete the program requirements and find related employment after graduation.