Northern Justice and Criminology (Not currently accepting applications)

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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.

COVID-19 and Northern Justice and Criminology program changes in 2021

Yukon University made changes to the way its courses are delivered as a result of COVID-19.

Winter & Spring 2022 at YukonU: Planning is underway to support a safe, CMOH approved return to campus for Fall 2021. We look forward to welcoming our students, faculty, staff and the public back on our 13 campuses. For the most up-to-date Fall info, see  

Scheduled courses will be offered face-to-face and online this academic year. Some courses may have weekly scheduled video-conferenced sessions, while others may run entirely face to face. See the course pages and course outlines for details.

Students entering or continuing in the program in Spring or Fall 2021 should ask the School of Liberal Arts or a Program Advisor for assistance in arranging substitutes or to reorder their study plans. Contact the School of Liberal Arts for more information about COVID-19-related changes to the Northern Justice and Criminology programs.

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 University 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

Note: Students intending to pursue the Diploma in Northern Justice and Criminology must also fulfill the prerequisite requirement for:

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

Students who do not meet either admission requirement may 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 University
  • 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 University
  • 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 University 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 University 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.

Student financial awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon University 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 5209 to make an appointment.

Program Guides

A program planning guide lays out the courses and requirements needed to graduate from a particular program. It guides you through course selection options for each term, provides a sample program pathway and acts as a tool to track your progress.


Open Electives
Title Campus Scheduled
ANTH 101 - Biological and Forensic Anthropology Online/Video
ANTH 102 - Survey of World Prehistory Online/Video
ANTH 103 - Anthropological Archaeology
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology Online/Video, Online/Video
ANTH 210 - Globalization and the Culture of Capitalism Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology
ANTH 225 - Field Methods in Subarctic Ethnography and Archaeology
ANTH 300 - Anthropology of Gender Online/Video
ASTR 100 - Introduction to Astronomy Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRWR 201 - Introduction to Creative Writing 1 Online/Video
CRWR 202 - Introduction to Creative Writing 2
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
ENGL 230 - Indigenous Narratives Online/Video
FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
HIST 120 - European History 1
HIST 121 - European History 2
HIST 135 - Canadian History to 1867
HIST 136 - Canadian History - Confederation to the Present
PSYC 202 - Cognitive Psychology Online/Video
PSYC 203 - Social Psychology
PSYC 204 - Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 205 - Child Development
RELI 100 - World Religions I
RELI 101 - World Religions II
SOCI 103 - Canadian Society
SOCI 104 - Social Problems
SOCI 203 - Sociology of the Family
SOCI 209 - Society, Technology and Values Online/Video
SW 200 - Introduction to Social Work Online/Video
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting 1 Online/Video
WGST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies 1
WGST 101 - Introduction to Women's Studies 2 Online/Video
WGST 200 - Women and Social Change Online/Video
WGST 230 - Women and History - Rethinking Canada
WGST 240 - The Study of Men and Masculinities 1
WGST 241 - The Study of Men and Masculinities II