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wilfrid laurier criminology

Postby Matt_YRP » Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:23 pm

Hello all

I was looking at wilfrid laurier criminology program recently, and I was wondering if anyone has recently taken this course, or currently taking it? If so what were your thoughts on it?


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Re: wilfrid laurier criminology

Postby Xerowe » Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:24 pm

What are your intentions if you were to get your BA in Criminology? As with most Bachelor of Arts degrees, when you graduate you are no further ahead than anyone else. It may look nice on paper, but typically becoming a police officer doesn't require any further education than high school. BA's seem either completely useless, or a stepping stone to even further education in a particular field. If you're looking to get a ph.d in Crim, then you're going to be a professor, not a police officer.

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Postby Matt_YRP » Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:48 pm

Xerowe wrote:What are your intentions if you were to get your BA in Criminology? As with most Bachelor of Arts degrees, when you graduate you are no further ahead than anyone else. It may look nice on paper, but typically becoming a police officer doesn't require any further education than high school. BA's seem either completely useless, or a stepping stone to even further education in a particular field. If you're looking to get a ph.d in Crim, then you're going to be a professor, not a police officer.



I find it to be an interesting program, and was just curious if anyone has taken this one recently. I know of many who have taken this type of program, and applied to be police officers, and did get hired, and some did not. Nothing really makes anyone further ahead to anyone. Will it help? Maybe, maybe not. There is no guarantee in anything when applying.

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Postby Jon. » Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:52 am

I think there were 3 or 4 guys in my troop that had it, or were a few credits shy when they got the call.
All it seemed to help with was your time management skills and that sort of thing. It looks good on paper, but I'm almost certain it did nothing at all to help or prepare them in any way for being a police officer.

If the outfit you're applying to needs post secondary, sure go for it, if you're looking at the RCMP, save your money. You'd be better off learning Cree(or whatever language that's spoken where you may end up), or actual first aid, or a martial art.

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Postby Matt_YRP » Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:08 pm

Jon. wrote:I think there were 3 or 4 guys in my troop that had it, or were a few credits shy when they got the call.
All it seemed to help with was your time management skills and that sort of thing. It looks good on paper, but I'm almost certain it did nothing at all to help or prepare them in any way for being a police officer.

If the outfit you're applying to needs post secondary, sure go for it, if you're looking at the RCMP, save your money. You'd be better off learning Cree(or whatever language that's spoken where you may end up), or actual first aid, or a martial art.


Thanks for the reply.

I get what your saying for sure. One service I applied for at the time mentioned something along the lines of my education was lacking, which I did find odd because at the time I did have a college diploma. So that's kind of where my head got the idea maybe go the degree route? Maybe I'll give the RCMP a shot as well though.

Thanks again for the reply.

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Re: wilfrid laurier criminology

Postby CrispyBacon » Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:01 pm

I graduated a few years ago. It was just okay. Honestly, the only reason I finished it was because of how much money I'd already sunk into it.

When I took it, it was only taught at the Brantford campus, which is likely still the case. I was unable to take courses at the Waterloo campus, so my electives were pretty limited.

If I could rewind the clock, I'd take a different course at a different school/campus (the Brantford campus really lacked in... Everything).

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Re: wilfrid laurier criminology

Postby RemingtonSteel » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:27 pm

I graduated a few years ago. I loved the small campus and greatly enjoyed most of my courses.

Whether it has actually helped my career or not? I don't think so, most training programs I've been in have a mix of handful of highschool, large number of college grads and a handful of university folks.

I'm glad I did it in that it opens up opportunities for graduate study and increases my odds of promotions, but in terms of helping me gain entry level positions - I haven't personally found it to give an edge over most folks with a college diploma.
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Re: wilfrid laurier criminology

Postby ApplicantM » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:53 am

having a degree in Criminology and seeing a lot of mistakes police are getting caught making on the news and what not I wish more of them had learned the material I have learned in university.

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Re: wilfrid laurier criminology

Postby devilwoman » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:44 am

having a degree in Criminology and seeing a lot of mistakes police are getting caught making on the news and what not I wish more of them had learned the material I have learned in university.


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Postby Toonces » Wed May 10, 2017 7:12 pm

Interesting. I guess university didn't help ApplicantM with critical thinking, understanding slant and bias and such.
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Re: wilfrid laurier criminology

Postby mack_silent » Fri May 12, 2017 8:32 pm

There's street smarts and then there's book smarts. Most people have one or the other.

I'd personally like to see colleges and universities focus less on book theory and step up the skill based / hands-on / interactive learning activities.
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