Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.
Honours BA Policing
The Honours Bachelor of Policing degree requires 20.0 credits, of which no more than 7.0 credits may be at the 100 level and at least 9.0 credits must be at the senior level.
Program Requirements: 10.0 credits
The program requires 10.0 Laurier Policing (PD) credits, including 1.0 credit of prerequisites. 1.0 credit of the PD courses listed below must be successfully completed before enrolling in additional PD courses:
- PD100: Models of Policing
- PD101: Communications for Policing
- PD200: Police Psychology
- PD201: Intercultural Communication in Policing
- PD202: Leadership and Career Development in Law Enforcement
An additional 9.0 credits are required from the following PD courses, as well as the remaining courses from the above list that were not taken as part of the 1.0 prerequisite requirement.
Note: PD400, PD402 and PD403 have additional prerequisites.
- PD203: Diversity and Inclusion within the Force
- PD204: Reasoning and Argumentation in the Criminal Justice System
- PD205: Psychology and Law Enforcement
- PD300: Research Methods I (Quantitative Methods)
- PD301: Policing a Complex and Diverse Community
- PD302: Indigenous Communities and Policing
- PD303: Mental Health, Addiction, and Crime
- PD304: Domestic Violence
- PD305: Media, Social Media, and Crime
- PD306: Ethics, Corruption, and Police Accountability
- PD400: Research Methods II (Qualitative Methods and Legal Research)
- PD401: Civil Unrest: The State's Use of Force Against its Citizens
- PD402: Indigenous Peoples’ Political Structures
- PD403: Immigration and Conflict Zones
- PD404: Cybercrime
- Refer to the University Regulations chapter for progression and course regulations and the earlier section regarding Regulations for All Honours Programs.
- Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 5.00 (C) overall and 5.00 (C) in Honours Policing in order to progress in the program. Students must achieve a GPA of 5.00 (C) overall and a GPA of 7.00 (B-) in Policing in order to graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Policing.
Progression in the Policing program is subject to the discretion of the Associate Dean, who may issue academic warnings and limit registration in higher level courses. Students will be strongly advised to contact academic advising if their GPA falls within the ranges listed below:
Number of Credit Attempts: 2.5 (5 half-credit courses)
Minimum Honours Policing (PD) GPA: Less than 5.00
Number of Credit Attempts: 4.0 (8 half-credit courses)
Minimum Honours Policing (PD) GPA: Less than 6.00
Number of Credit Attempts: 8.0 (16 half-credit courses)
Minimum Honours Policing (PD) GPA: Less than 6.50
Policing students will also follow general progression and academic probation rules of the university as below:
- Academic decisions are made upon completion of every 4.0 credit attempts (passed or failed attempts). Students may progress if they achieve an overall GPA of 5.00 and a GPA of 5.00 in Honours BA Policing.
- Students with an overall GPA of 4.00-4.99 will be placed in the General BA without designation.
- Students with an overall GPA of between 2.00 and 3.99 are placed on Academic Probation in the General BA program.
- Students with an overall GPA of less than 1.99 will be required to withdraw from the university.
Transfer credits from Police Academy/Police College are not applicable to the General BA.
Students with a minimum overall GPA of 5.00 and an overall major GPA of less than 5.00, will proceed in the General Degree without Designation subject to the discretion of the Program Co-ordinator. All students who complete all requirements of the degree with a minimum overall GPA of 5.00 and an Honours GPA of 5.00-6.99 will be eligible for an alternate Bachelor of Arts in Policing (not Honours).
A maximum of 10.0 credits may be transferred to the Laurier degree as per minimum GPA requirements of the Admissions Office:
- A maximum of 6.0 credits for a college diploma program.
- 3.0 credits granted to officers for their studies at a Police Academy/Police College.
- Credit may be granted for the successful completion of related courses offered through a certified Police training institution or other postsecondary institution(s) at the discretion of the dean.
- University credits may also be transferred to this Laurier degree.
Any student whose transfer credit assessment does not equal 10.0 credits will be required to complete additional university credits in order to fulfill the 20.0 credit requirement for this program. Note: Students planning to take courses elsewhere to satisfy degree requirements after admission to Laurier, must seek academic advising before enrolling.
Admission to this program requires proof of a minimum of one year of full-time employment, up to and including the day before classes begin, and must be verified by an official letter from the Executive Office or Training Officer or human resources department of the police force(s) where the officer has been employed.
Honours BA Policing in Combination with another Honours BA program
Note: For any academic concerns or help understanding program requirements, contact Academic Advising.
The combined Honours Policing program consists of 20.0 credits, of which not more than 7.0 may be at the 100 level. The program must include a minimum of 6.0 and a maximum of 8.0 senior credits in Policing.
Students who are required to take research methods and statistics courses in their second honours program should seek academic advice to avoid duplication.
Required Courses: 7.0 credits
PD100, PD101, PD200, PD201, PD202, PD203, PD204, PD205;
1.5 300 level credits chosen from: PD301, PD302, PD303, PD304, PD305, PD306;
0.5 400 level credit chosen from PD401, PD402, PD403, PD404;
See also the University Undergraduate Regulations chapter and Policy Governing all Honours Programs in the Academic Calendar.
- PD100, PD101, PD200, PD201, PD202 and 0.5 additional PD senior credit.
Note: Refer also to the Regulations Governing Minors in the Academic Calendar.
Senate Addition April 13, 2016: New Minor; effective September 1, 2016.