Welcome to the Criminology Program

Crime, criminality, and criminal justice are central concerns in Canadian society. In politics, law, policy, and popular culture, discussions of the problem of crime and what to do about it continue to dominate. Yet significant misunderstandings persist around the nature of crime, such as whether crime is on the rise or on the decline. There are also constant questions around the characteristics and motivations of offenders, as well as what counts as an effective crime control policy. The Criminology Program at York examines these issues, tensions, and questions, providing students with the tools they need to understand the complex realities of crime and criminal justice and how they are shaped by larger social, political, economic, cultural, and historical contexts. By combining faculty research and expertise, a balanced and dynamic curriculum, and a uniquely interdisciplinary approach, the Criminology Program provides students with a strong foundation in the field of criminology while at the same time producing more active and engaged citizens.