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 PD credits must be at the senior level.

Program Requirements: 10.0 credits

The program requires 10.0 Laurier Policing (PD) credits, (including a 0.5-credit of prerequisites). A 0.5-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 0.5-credit prerequisite requirement.

PD203 - Diversity in Policing
PD205 - Psychology and Law Enforcement
PD206 - Public Safety Policy Analysis
PD300 - Research Methods I (Quantitative Methods)
PD301 - Policing a Complex and Diverse Community
PD302 - Indigenous Peoples’ Political Structures
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 Communities and Policing
PD403 - Immigration and Conflict Zones
PD404 - Cybercrime

Degree Program Electives: An additional 10.0 credits toward the degree total of 20.0 credits.

Progression Requirements

  1. Refer to the University Regulations chapter for progression and course regulations and the earlier section regarding Regulations for All Honours Programs.
  2. Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 4.00 (C-) overall 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.

    Academic Warnings:
    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
    Minimum Honours Policing (PD) GPA
    2.5 (5 half-credit courses)
    Less than 5.00
    4.0 (8 half-credit courses)
    Less than 6.00
    8.0 (16 half-credit courses) 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 4.00 
    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.

    All students who complete all requirements of the degree with a minimum overall GPA of 4.00 and an Honours GPA of 4.00-6.99 will be eligible for an alternate Bachelor of Arts in Policing (not Honours).

    Admission Regulations

    Admission to this program is restricted to: current or retired sworn police officers, peace officers (e.g. border agents, conservation officers and auxiliary officers), or special constables. In addition, civilian members of a police organization are also admissible. Applicants must provide proof of a minimum of one year of full-time employment within their organization, up to and including the day before classes begin, and must be verified by an official letter from the Executive Office, Training Officer or human resources department of the organization.

    Transfer Credit Regulations

    All applicant types admitted to the program can receive the following transfer credits as per minimum GPA requirements:

    • A maximum of 6.0 credits for a college diploma program.
    • University credits on a credit for credit basis.
    • 3.0 credits granted to officers for their studies at a Police Academy/Police College.

    Current & Retired Police Officers can also receive transfer credit for the following:

    • Credit may be granted for the successful completion of related courses offered through a certified Police training institution or other post-secondary institution(s) at the discretion of the dean.

    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.