Northern Justice and Criminology

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Criminology with a northern flavour.

Study crime, 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); OR
  • Mature student status with acceptable scores on College Assessments, the GED® test or the LPI test.

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:

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

NOTE: Students must undertake at least 50% of the work at Yukon College, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average).

Diploma students must complete 60 credits, including certificate requirements and the following:

  • Seven advanced core courses (21 credits)
  • Two Northern Studies (NOST) core courses (6 credits)
  • One open elective (3 credits)

 NOTE: Students must complete six courses (18 credits) at the 200 level or above, undertake at least 50% of the work at Yukon College, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average).

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

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.



200-Level Criminology Electives
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
CRIM 210 - Law, Youth and Young Offenders Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 219 - Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice
CRIM 241 - Intro to Corrections
CRIM 251 - Introduction to Law Enforcement
Open Electives
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
ANTH 101 - Biological and Forensic Anthropology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 102 - Survey of World Prehistory
ANTH 103 - Anthropological Archaeology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 210 - Globalization and the Culture of Capitalism Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology
ANTH 225 - Field Methods in Subarctic Ethnography and Archaeology
CRWR 201 - Introduction to Creative Writing I
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 Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Literature
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 Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
HIST 136 - Canadian History - Confederation to the Present
PSYC 203 - Social Psychology
PSYC 204 - Abnormal Psychology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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 Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
WGST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies I Unscheduled Online Online/Video
WGST 101 - Introduction to Women's Studies II
WGST 200 - Women and Social Change
WGST 230 - Women and History - Rethinking Canada
WGST 240 - The Study of Men and Masculinities I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
WGST 241 - The Study of Men and Masculinities II