Curriculum & Courses

Please check the Arts & Science course calendar for full CRI undergraduate course offerings, and the timetable for current course offerings.


In the introductory courses (CRI205H1 Introduction to Criminology, CRI210H1 Criminal Justice, and CRI225H1 Criminal Law) students will learn how to think critically about the material and set the tone for advanced courses in the program.

In third-year courses, students are encouraged to think critically about the assumptions behind the various views of crime and the criminal justice system that are part of our everyday discussions. The focus is on going beyond simple views about crime and the justice system toward a more critical - and evidence-based - understanding of the general phenomena that relate to crime.

In fourth-year courses, students have an opportunity to study a number of specialized topics in a seminar setting. These courses examine in depth topics that were covered in lower level courses. The seminar courses are often connected to the instructors' research interests. Students in 400-level courses will be required to complete extensive readings, research and writing assignments in addition to actively participating in seminar discussion.

Frequently Asked Questions about Undergraduate Courses and Curriculum

Submit a request on ACORN. Applications open between March and April. Results are posted by mid June and students have until early July to accept the offer. Check the Program Toolkit for up-to-date information.

Registration Restriction in 400 level Seminars - Carefully review the following:

Effective from 9:00 a.m. on July 13 to 8:59 a.m. on July 16: Enrolment Restriction is in place for all 400 seminars offered in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms.

  • Registration limit during this time for students in the Major: 1.0 FCE
  • Restriction limit during this time for students in the Specialist: 1.5 FCE
  • From 9:00 a.m. on July 13 to 8:59 a.m. on July 16 all extra enrolments/waitlisted courses above 1.0 FCE for majors (1.5 FCE for specialists) will be deleted by the Program office without notice; reinstatement in preferred courses will not be possible if the course is full. No exceptions will be made. 
  • At 9:00 am on July 16 students may enrol or waitlist additional 400 level courses beyond the aforementioned limits

Why is this restriction in place?The Program Office guarantees that students who are graduating in June 2021 will be enrolled the minimum course requirements for the Major /Specialist programs. Enrolment start times are determined by the Faculty of Arts and Science and late start-times adversely impact students’ access to 400 level courses. This restriction minimized the impact that a late registration has on students.What happens during the July 13- July 16 8:59 am restriction period: From 9:00 a.m. on July 13 to 8:59 a.m. on July 16 all extra enrolments/waitlisted courses above the allowable 1.0 FCEs for majors (1.5 FCEs for specialists) will be deleted by the Program office without notice; reinstatement in preferred courses will not be possible if the course is full. No exceptions will be made. What happens on July 16 at 9:00 am?Restriction is lifted. Students can now add/waitlist additional 400 seminar courses.

NOTE: Students are responsible for enrolling as soon as their registration window opens. Failure to do so may impact your ability to enrol in your preferred courses. Students who have a late registration start-time and are still unable to secure the minimum required CRI 400 level courses (0.5 for the major, 1.0 for the specialist) must contact Beatrix Doma for assistance at This must be done in a timely manner, not days or weeks later! Please include your student number and a brief message outlining the issue. Students who already meet the minimum 400 level program requirements (0.5 for the major, 1.0 for the specialist) may not request additional 400 level courses unless they are able to secure a space via ACORN. 

In 2021-2022, most Arts & Science courses will be offered in person or will have an in-person component which requires you to be on campus at a scheduled time. There are three types of course delivery methods:

  • Online - Synchronous: Course may be completed fully online; some required real-time activities will be held online, as scheduled in the timetable.  
  • In Person: Some course activities will be held on campus at a set time as scheduled in the timetable.
  • Asynchronous: Course may be completed fully online without requirement for participation in scheduled, real-time activities. 

You can find the delivery method for each course in the Timetable and in your course syllabus. Each section of the course on the Timetable will have one delivery method only—a section will not have a mix of online and in-person activities. It is important to note that you cannot change sections or delivery methods after the final date to enrol in courses for that term. 

The Faculty of Arts & Science will provide monthly updates through the summer (on May 26, June 23, and July 28) to let departments and students know whether these plans need to change. The COVID-19 — Undergraduate Student FAQs page will contain current information about fall 2021 plans.

The following applies to students who have not taken the required intro courses:

Required: Fall 2021: CRI205H1, CRI215H1, CRI225H1 Required: Winter 2022: CRI210H1

Additional Courses you may take: Fall 2021: CRI364H1, CRI383H1 (if you have previously completed SOC212H1)

Winter 2022 (provided prerequisites are met; prerequisites will be checked at the end of December) CRI322H1, CRI350H1H1, CRI380H1, CRI385H1, CRI390H1, CRI394H1

If you completed any of the introductory courses in the Summer, you may be eligible to enrol in additional courses. Please review the course details before enrolling. Prerequisites are enforced.

Frequently asked question: Which program requirements do I need to follow? The current calendar doesn't match what is listed in Degree Explorer (DEX).

Answer: The current calendar lists the program requirements that apply for students who will be admitted to the program in the subsequent spring admission cycle. The program requirements that apply to you are those listed on DEX (based on the year you were admitted to the program).

Can I double count courses?

Answer: Always use DEX to track your program (and degree!) requirements - DEX will also use courses that can count towards 2 programs based on the limitations listed in section 'b' under HBA/HBSc Requirements* in the Calendar. A student doing 2 majors must include at least 12.0 different credits in the two majors. This means that if "Major A" is comprised of 8.0 credits and "Major B" is comprised of 7.0 credits, the allowable overlap is 3.0 credits (8.0+7.0=15.0. 15.0 - 12.0= 3.0).

If you have questions about your degree or double-counting courses please contact your Registrar. Questions about CrimSL can be emailed to us.

Question: Why is Dex not picking up my credits?

Answer: Credits are not always picked up by DEX because the course code may not correspond to an existing course. This is normally the case for transfer credits or if a topics course (with the same course but different topic) has been taken more than once. In these cases, you must email the appropriate academic unit to have the credit added manually to your academic record. 

If you have any questions about your program and /or degree the first place to check your status is Degree Explorer. Degree Explorer is the University of Toronto's degree planning tool where you can review your academic history, degree requirements or use the planner to determine how future course choices might meet your requirements. Do not use the current calendar to figure out your program requirements as it lists the requirements for students who will be admitted to the program next year. Degree Explorer is coded with the requirements that belong to you (based on your year of admission to the program). Access Degree Explorer on Acorn

Your College Registrar’s office can provide advice and guidance if you encounter academic integrity issues. They are there to help you in a more holistic manner, whether it be to understand how other life factors fit in, or to navigate the issues in conjunction with your other courses and degree completion.

If you require help with the CrimSL program and/or CRI course registration you must contact the Program Office at for assistance. Make sure to include your student id number in your email. 

The Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies does not allow auditing in CRI undergraduate courses. No exceptions will be made.

Students admitted to the Faculty of Arts and Science as a non-degree do not have access to restricted CRI courses.

Visiting Students who are studying Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at their home university may request enrolment in 300 level CRI courses provided they have completed similar courses that fulfill course prerequisites and there is space available in the course. Requests for 400 level CRI courses will be approved provided there is space in the course and the student meets comparable course prerequisites. Course requests must be forwarded to us in a timely manner and must include a copy of the approved letter of permission and an up-to-date transcript.