Trent Criminology: Overview

Written by Shem Semblante and Matthew Tran

If your passion lies in using your brain and brawn to fight for social justice, Trent’s Criminology could be your program! In the Trent Criminology program, you will gain a critical and interdisciplinary understanding of criminalization and punishment, where it places critical focus on systemic oppression including the historical and contemporary realities of Indigenous peoples’, over-criminalization.

Here, you will gain a foundational understanding of social inequality’s influence on the occurrence of crime. You will learn alongside faculty experts in Sociology, Law, Gender & Social Justice and Indigenous Studies, as well as the new Canada Research Chair in Community-Partnered Social Justice. With these, you will be able to better understand the systems at play to champion what’s right.

The best thing about this is that it is offered fully online or as a hybrid program with both online and on-campus, in-class learning. You will discover and gain valuable experiences that will help you connect with and fight for the marginalized and discriminated.

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  • Peterborough

The Trent Criminology Program

Personal, purposeful, and transformative. These are the three key terms to describe your future experience at Trent. For 11 years straight, Trent has been Ontario’s #1 university so you know you’ll get your money and time’s worth once you’re enrolled here!

In particular, in the Trent Criminology program, you will get to experience the following practical, educational experiences!

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  • Complete a work placement with community organizations and agencies such as Correctional Services Ontario, the Crown Attorney, Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Aid Society, Elizabeth Fry Society, Canadian Mental Health Association or Youth Emergency Shelter
  • Practice analyzing real crime data to answer pressing criminology-related questions in society today
  • Form a dynamic and critical understanding of crime as a social justice issue with practical implications for research and policy
  • Gain a solid foundation in legal research methodology and theoretical application that will prepare you for success in a variety of workplace settings

Want to know what to expect with the Trent Criminology program? Check out the list of courses here!

To become a part of this program means opening up your horizons to multiple career opportunities:

  • Civilian Crime Analyst
  • Policy Consultant
  • Border Services Officer
  • Community Development Worker
  • Crime Prevention Worker
  • Probation and Parole Officer
  • Eco-Tourism Planner
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Engineer

All of which will lead to the realization of your future goals!

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How to Apply to Trent Criminology

Admission requirements vary on a number of factors. But whether you graduated from outside of Ontario or outside Canada for that matter, you have a place at Trent! Here, let’s look at what the requirements would look to a Canadian student who graduated from an Ontario secondary school:

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified below)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%

Criminology Program Requirements:

  • 75% overall average

Know more about the requirements specific to you here!

Tuition and Fees

Like the admission requirements, your tuition fees also vary! You can check out the full details on this page!

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