Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies)

Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies)

Program Code
College Degree Program

Program requirements

  • 29 Mandatory Core Courses
  • 3 Elective Core Courses
  • 8 Elective Non-Core Courses
  • 2 Co-op Work Terms

Part-time delivery

Online part-time delivery available for select courses only, students must be accepted into the program. Advanced standing/PLAR/credit transfers are available to professionals working in the field and qualifying graduates of related postsecondary programs. Part-time students are subject to the availability of courses in each semester. For information on the part-time program, please contact

"¢ Please ensure you have the applicable program admissions requirements.
"¢ Currently employed or retired police, RCMP and military professionals at the rank of first class constable or higher
"¢ Complete a combination of a prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) and exemptions as per Georgian College academic calendar

POLC 1000 and 2000 series courses (year one and two in the full-time program) are not available through part-time evenings, weekends or online. Please refer to the website for full-time course listings. Required courses will be determined on an individual basis depending on advanced standing granted. Course offerings listed below are those offered online and reflect the typical advanced standing requirements. Please note each assessment is individual.

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.

Current Course Offerings
Course Title Course Code Online Equivalents Mandatory
Canadian Criminal Justice POLC1002   Mandatory
Contemp Social Movements POLC4007  
Cyberspace: Trends and Issues POLC4009  
Foundations of Interviewing POLC3002   Mandatory
Human Res Mgmt in Policing POLC4005   Mandatory
Interpersonal Communications POLC1001   Mandatory
Introduction to Philosophy HUMA2034  
Introduction to Police Studies POLC1000   Mandatory
Introduction to Psychology 1 PSYC1000  
Introduction to Psychology 2 PSYC1001  
Introduction to Sociology SOCI1000  
Police Powers in Canada POLC2003   Mandatory
Police Studies Work Term 1 COOP1018  
Police Studies Work Term 2 COOP2015  
Provincial Offences POLC2006   Mandatory
Victimology POLC4012  

Additional Info

This College has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting November 19, 2008. An application for renewal of the consent has been submitted and the current consent remains in effect until a decision on the renewal application is made. 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 (PSYC1001 or 1002), 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 counsellors 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.