Community Safety

Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies)

General information

Program code
8 Semesters (4 Years)
College Degree Program

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2016 Orillia

Program description

The Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) Degree encourages a broadened critical understanding of the nature, role and function of policing. Learners 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 spectrum 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, and 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.

Transfer options

Graduates of Police Foundations, Community and Justice Services and Protection, Security and Investigation may receive up to two years of advanced standing toward the unique four-year Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies degree.

Delivery options

Already working in the field? Fast-track your degree with advanced standing through our online Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) degree offered on a part-time basis. Qualified first-class constables can receive advanced standing for 50 per cent of the program and up to an additional exemption of 25 per cent for postsecondary education. We welcome students from all over Canada and from a range of ranks and backgrounds including military police, RCMP, OPP and other policing agencies. See our brochure for more details.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • minimum overall average of 65 per cent
  • six Grade 12 U or M level courses
  • Grade 12 English (U)

Note: Police Foundations diploma graduates can apply to our advanced standing stream through OCAS using the major code of BHSA.

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with six Grade 12 U or M level courses (Minimum overall average of 65 per cent) Including: Grade 12 English (U) (ENG4U)

Students presenting equivalent qualifications will also be considered for admission. A grade 12 university or university/college Mathematics course is highly recommended.

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College
  • College diploma programs such as: Police Foundations*
  • Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the advanced or university level with a minimum overall average of 65%)
  • English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Selection process

Selection is based on academic grades and subject prerequisites; applicants must meet minimum averages to receive final acceptance.


View the Bach of Human Serv (Police St) articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Core Courses

POLC1000 Introduction to Police Studies
POLC1001 Interpersonal Communications
POLC1002 Canadian Criminal Justice
POLC1003 Youth and The Law
POLC2000 Pol.Studies Adv Perspectives
POLC2001 Diversity in Policing
POLC2002 Research Methods for Policing
POLC2003 Police Powers in Canada
POLC3000 Contemporary Issues in Criminology
POLC3001 Rules of Evidence
POLC3002 Foundations of Interviewing
POLC3003 Forensic Science
POLC4000 Ethics In Policing
POLC4001 Professional Standards in Policing
POLC4002 Ergonomics and Wellness Issues for Policing
POLC1004 Fundamental Concepts of Criminal Law
POLC1005 Human Kinetics for Policing
POLC1006 Cross Cultural Communications
POLC1007 Sociology for Policing
POLC2004 Intro To Community Policing
POLC2005 Criminal Law: Advanced Procedures
POLC2006 Provincial Offences
POLC2007 Mental Health Issues
POLC3004 Principles in Traffic Law
POLC3005 Document Preparation and Presentation for Policing
POLC3006 Investigation and Evidence
POLC4003 Major Incident Command and Negotiating Skills
POLC4004 Public And Media Relations
POLC4005 Human Res Mgmt in Policing

Elective Core Courses

To be selected from College list

Elective Non-Core Courses

Co-op Work Terms

COOP1018 Police Studies Work Term 1
COOP2015 Police Studies Work Term 2

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