Honours Bachelor of Police Studies
Honours Bachelor of Police Studies
- Program Code
- Honours Bachelor Degree
- 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
- 1 Co-op Work Term
This part-time delivery option is open to current police professionals only. Students must be accepted into the program prior to course registration. Advanced standing is available to professionals working in the field and qualifying graduates of related pos-tsecondary programs. Part-time students are subject to the availability of courses in each semester. All courses are offered fully online. For information on the part-time program, please review the information package below, or contact [email protected].
- 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 an application for prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) and exemptions as per Georgian College academic calendar
Please note, due to advanced standing provided to police professionals, POLC 1000 and 2000 series courses (year one and two in the full-time program) are not available through part-time online study. Individuals interested in this program without prior police experience are requested to apply to the full time degree program. 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.
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.
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.
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.