Criminal Justice Studies

Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts
Campus: Saint John

Criminal Justice Studies at UNB is about crime, criminal behaviour, and the criminal justice system. It’s about social control, crime prevention, victimization, and criminal sanctions. And it’s about examining all of these things from multiple perspectives – psychological, sociological, historical, philosophical, and business.

Criminal Justice Studies is available as a minor and is open to students majoring in Psychology or Sociology.

Why Criminal Justice Studies at UNB?

Unlike many criminal justice programs, which focus on one discipline’s perspective, our program is multidisciplinary. That means you’ll learn about complex criminal justice issues from multiple fields of study and perspectives.

Hands-on learning:

  • Field placement in a provincial or federal correctional facility

Skills you will acquire:

  • Integration of knowledge from diverse sources
  • Critical thinking
  • Interpersonal and communication (written and oral)
  • Organizational
  • Research
  • Analyze the causes and consequences of criminal behaviour

Admission requirements

For admission requirements, select "Arts" in our admission requirements tool.

Sample Courses

  • PSYC 3263: Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
  • SOCI 2611: Language Crime, and Human Agency
  • PHIL 3124: Contemporary Moral Problems
  • HIST 4377: Social History of Crime in Canada


  • Parole/Probation officer
  • Youth/Residential support worker
  • Correctional officer in prisons/jails
  • Police officer
  • Community service coordinator
  • Social policy developer
  • Preparation for advanced/professional careers in social work, psychology, psychiatry, counseling, nursing, and other social service and health-related disciplines in which professionals work with justice-involved individuals