Honours Bachelor of Police Studies

Honours Bachelor of Police Studies

Program Code
Honours Bachelor Degree

Program requirements

  • 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

Part-time delivery

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 postsecondary 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.

Program Description

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.

Current Course Offerings
Course Title Course Code ONTARIOLEARN EQUIVALENTS Mandatory
Applied Sport Psychology PSYC3000  
Canadian Criminal Justice POLC1002   Mandatory
Community Policing POLC1008   Mandatory
Contemp Social Movements POLC4007  
Criminal Behav and Analysis POLC4015   Mandatory
Criminal Law:Advanced Theories POLC3007   Mandatory
Criminal Procedures /Evidence POLC3008   Mandatory
Criminology POLC2011   Mandatory
Critical History of True Crime HUMA2035  
Cybercrime POLC4009  
Entrepreneurial Mindset INTS4015  
Ergonomics and Wellness POLC2008   Mandatory
Fantasy and the Modern World HUMA3003  
Forensic Science POLC2010   Mandatory
Foundations of Interviewing POLC3002   Mandatory
Fundamental Concepts:Crim Law POLC1004   Mandatory
Global Environmental Issues INTS4019  
Greed and Globalization INTS4007  
History of Education in Canada SOSC3001  
Honours Research Seminar POLC4016   Mandatory
Human Kinetics for Policing POLC1005   Mandatory
Human Res Mgmt in Policing POLC4005   Mandatory
Integrated Science SCEN1000  
Interdiscipl. Critical Theory INTS4003  
Interpersonal Communications POLC1001   Mandatory
Intro Res Methods for Policing POLC3014   Mandatory
Introduction to Humanities HUMA1012  
Introduction to Philosophy HUMA2033  
Introduction to Philosophy HUMA2034  
Introduction to Police Studies POLC1000   Mandatory
Introduction to Psychology 1 PSYC1000  
Introduction to Psychology 2 PSYC1004  
Introduction to Psychology 2 PSYC1001  
Introduction to Sociology SOCI1000   Mandatory
Leadership Mod Theories MNGM1000   Mandatory
Media and Society SOSC3003  
Mediation /Dispute Resolution POLC4014   Mandatory
Mental Health Issues POLC2007   Mandatory
Modes of Communication INTS1007   Mandatory
Multidisciplinary Research INTS1002   Mandatory
Organized Crime POLC4008  
Philosophies of Intimacy HUMA2029  
Police Governance POLC4011  
Police Powers in Canada POLC2003   Mandatory
Police Studies Work Term 1 COOP1018   Mandatory
Police Studies Work Term 2 COOP2015  
Policing and Society POLC3012   Mandatory
Principles in Traffic Law POLC2012   Mandatory
Principles-Ethical Reasoning POLC3013   Mandatory
Prof Standards in Policing POLC4001   Mandatory
Provincial Offences POLC2006   Mandatory
Public And Media Relations POLC4004  
Qualitative Research Methods RSCH2000  
Social Psychology PSYC3008  
Studies in Popular Culture HUMA3001  
Terrorism and Pol Violence INTS4023  
Victimology POLC4012  
Women's Studies: Foundations INTS2004  
Youth Crime and Justice POLC2009   Mandatory

Additional Info

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.

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 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.