Northern Justice and Criminology

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Criminology with a northern flavour.

Study crime, justice, criminal behaviour and social reactions to crime with a northern and regional perspective that better reflects the Yukon and issues unique to the North.

Program Description

Criminology is the multidisciplinary study of crime, criminal behaviour, and social reactions to crime and criminal behaviour.

The northern justice emphasis of criminology means that southern-based criminology courses are "northernized" and "regionalized" through integration of relevant course content and the assignment of coursework to better reflect the environment in which northerners live, work and study.

The certificate option is designed for those students who do not intend to transfer directly to a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) degree program but are interested in taking criminology courses to increase their knowledge of this field of study.

The diploma is fashioned to meet the Yukon College Northern Studies requirements as well as the first- and second-year university transfer requirements to a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) degree program at major Canadian universities.

The program presents an ideal continuing education opportunity and is useful for those seeking entry-level employment in justice related fields.

Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12 graduation with English 12 and Math 11 (Foundations, or Pre-Calculus)

Students wishing to pursue the Diploma in Northern Justice and Criminology must also fulfill the pre-requisite requirement for:

  • Math 105: Introductory Statistics
  • Math 105 Prerequisite(s): MATH 11 (Applications, Principles, Foundations or Pre-calculus MATH 11 or Yukon College's Math 050
  • Math 130 is also strongly recommended for students taking Math 105

If students do not meet either admission requirement, they should explore entry options with a Program Advisor.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate students must complete 30 credits, including:

  • ENGL 100 and ENGL 101 (6 credits)
  • Two social-science electives (6 credits)
  • Three required CRIM courses (9 credits)
  • One 200-level Criminology (CRIM) elective (3 credits)
  • Two Liberal Arts electives (6 credits)

Certificate students must also 

  • complete at least 50% of the work at Yukon College
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average).

Diploma students must complete 60 credits, including:

  • All certificate requirements (30 credits)
  • Seven advanced CRIM courses (21 credits)
  • Two Northern Studies (NOST) core courses (6 credits)
  • One open elective (3 credits)

Diploma students must also:

  • ensure they have taken six courses (18 credits) at the 200 level or above
  • complete at least 50% of the work at Yukon College
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average).

NOTE: Students may take CRIM courses as electives, provided all other requirements have been met.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT OPEN ELECTIVES: Diploma students may optionally take 3 credits of electives from outside the School of Liberal Arts and School of Science; however, students must recognize that such coursework may not be transferable to programs at other post-secondary institutions and may result in a credit shortfall upon transfer. Students working towards a degree should check their course selection with a Program Advisor.

*NOTE ABOUT SCIENCE COURSES AS ELECTIVES: As of May 2019, science elective courses no longer require labs. Please check with a Program Advisor to discuss options.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency.


For transfer information on a specific Yukon College course, click the 'Check the BC Transfer Options' link on the course’s information page. For additional information, consult a Program Advisor.

Money Matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several Student Financial Awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.


Title Campus Scheduled
CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology
CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Crime and Deviance
CRIM 104 - Sociological Explanations of Crime and Deviance Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 131 - Introduction to the Canadian Criminal Justice System Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 135 - Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
CRIM 230 - Introduction to Substantive Criminal Law
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Literature Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
NOST 200 - Research in the North
NOST 201 - The Natural History of the North
NOST 202 - Social History of the North Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHIL 120 - Introduction to Ethics
POLI 201 - Introduction to Political Thought
PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 100 - Introduction to Sociology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 227 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
200-Level Criminology Electives
Title Campus Scheduled
CRIM 210 - Law, Youth and Young Offenders
CRIM 219 - Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 241 - Intro to Corrections
CRIM 251 - Introduction to Law Enforcement
Open Electives
Title Campus Scheduled
ANTH 101 - Biological and Forensic Anthropology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 102 - Survey of World Prehistory
ANTH 103 - Anthropological Archaeology
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology
ANTH 210 - Globalization and the Culture of Capitalism
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 225 - Field Methods in Subarctic Ethnography and Archaeology
ASTR 100 - Introduction to Astronomy Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRWR 201 - Introduction to Creative Writing I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRWR 202 - Introduction to Creative Writing II
ENGL 203 - Introduction to the Novel
ENGL 204 - Introduction to Science Fiction
ENGL 205 - Literary Representations of the Natural World
ENGL 206 - Introduction to the Short Story
ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Literature Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
ENGL 230 - A Survey of First Nations Literature in English
FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
HIST 120 - European History I
HIST 121 - European History II
HIST 135 - Canadian History to 1867
HIST 136 - Canadian History - Confederation to the Present
PSYC 203 - Social Psychology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PSYC 204 - Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 205 - Child Development
RELI 101 - World Religions II
SOCI 203 - Sociology of the Family
SOCI 209 - Society, Technology and Values
SW 200 - Introduction to Social Work Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
WGST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies I
WGST 101 - Introduction to Women's Studies II Online/Video
WGST 200 - Women and Social Change Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
WGST 230 - Women and History - Rethinking Canada
WGST 240 - The Study of Men and Masculinities I
WGST 241 - The Study of Men and Masculinities II