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Honours Bachelor of Applied Science + Diploma in Police Foundations or Community and Justice Services

University of Guelph
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Honours Bachelor of Applied Science + Diploma in Police Foundations or Community and Justice Services

Throughout your four years, you will be exposed to the justice system: from the rules we follow, to dealing with people and communities, to the hands-on processing of crime scenes and making arrests. Build key skills required in any area of justice such as critical thinking, research methods and how to write effectively.

In your first year, you will build a foundation in justice and related fields. In year two, you begin to take courses that touch on various services and how they are delivered, such as counselling, conflict resolution, forensics and policing.

In your second year, you decide which diploma to pursue, focusing in on one of these two areas:

Community and Justice Services

Focuses on social issues and explores the development of community programs, ways to work with both victims and offenders, and methods of crime prevention.


Police Foundations

Prepares you for a career in the various levels of law enforcement in the Canadian justice system.

Years three and four move on to advanced courses that immerse you in issues such as ethics; equality; rights and freedoms; youth and the law; and criminology.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission, an Ontario high school applicant must be completing or have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and be completing six 4U/M courses, including the subject requirements. These will be used to calculate your admission average.

For more information about admission requirements for high school applicants from Ontario and outside of Ontario, transfer applicant or international applicant, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Semester 1 (F)

  • Introductory Psychology: Dynamics
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Introduction to Law
  • Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Health and Wellness

Semester 2 (W)

  • Public Sector Management
  • Criminal Offences
  • Introduction to Police Powers
  • Provincial Legislation
  • English I: Reading and Writing Effectively

Semester 3 (F)

  • Introduction to Community Service
  • Forensic Techniques
  • Federal Legislation
  • Research Methods in Social Science

Specialization Courses

  • Counselling I: Theory and Practice (CJS)
  • Community Policing: Introduction (POL)

Semester 4 (W)

  • Issues in Social Welfare
  • Criminological Theory I
  • Community Service I
  • General Elective

Specialization Courses

  • Correctional Institutions (CJS)
  • Police Governance and Accountability (POL)

Semester 5 (F)

  • Canadian Social Problems
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Quantitative Methods for Social Science
  • General Elective

Specialization Courses

  • Community Building Practices (CJS)
  • Physical Fitness Practicum I* (POL)
  • Traffic Investigation and Analysis (POL)

Semester 6 (W)

  • Youth and the Law
  • Investigative Techniques
  • Community Service II
  • General Elective

Specialization Courses

  • Restorative Justice (CJS)
  • Physical Fitness Practicum II* (POL)
  • Law and Society (POL)

Semester 7 (F)

  • Criminological Theory II
  • Issues in Ethnicity and Class
  • Ethics and the Justice System
  • Transition to Work

Specialization Courses

  • Inclusive Community Practices (CJS)
  • Advanced Issues in Community Policing (POL)
  • Physical Fitness Practicum III* (POL)

Semester 8 (W)

  • Police and Society
  • Justice Studies Senior Seminar
  • Justice Management
  • General Elective

Specialization Courses

  • Community Corrections: Theory and Practice (CJS)
  • Public Policy: Challenges and Prospects (POL)

*Indicates a non-credit course.

Please note that curriculum and course sequencing is subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

We offer several scholarships, for more information please visit our website.

Tuition fees

  • Domestic (Canadian) Students Full-Time Tuition: $3,045.46 per semester
  • International and Visa Students Full-Time Tuition: $13,365.00 per semester


Degree + Diploma

Continuing studies

Further Education

  • Law School
  • Master of Arts in Criminology
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Political Science

Career opportunities

Sample Careers

  • Anti-terrorism Analyst
  • Border Services Officer
  • Corporate Investigator
  • Court Reporter
  • Bylaw Enforcement Officer
  • Crime Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Anti-money Laundering Investigator
  • Parliamentary Assistant
  • Corporate Security Manager
  • Parole Officer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Insurance Investigator
  • Probation Officer
  • Case Worker
  • Police Officer
  • Victim Services Worker

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About this institute

University of Guelph

University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is ranked as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities, with top marks in student experience. No matter where you're from, once you enrol at U of G, you’re part of a community – a network of...

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The city of Guelph was ranked in 2019 as one of the top 50 places to live in Canada.

The university campus boats a gorgeous walking campus, stunning greenery and beautiful building and facilities.

With over 200 student clubs, 7 dining halls, 19 intramural sports and a 25,000 sq. foot fitness centre, you can see why we are recognized as a Canadian leader in student experience.

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University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East
N1G 2W1 Guelph Ontario

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