2018 - 2019

Police Studies is the academic study of the different facets of police institutions and practices through which students study the legal, political and social contexts in which institutions and practices operate. 

 Year One   Year Two   Year Three  Year Four and Beyond

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives

 In your first 30 credit hours, take your first PLST major course PLST 1000 , LWSO 1000  and PLST 2300.

There are additional responsibilities associated with interdisciplinary programs and seeking academic advice early on is crucial. PLST majors should complete disciplinary prerequisites for future PLST electives - like SOCI 1000, MATH 1000, LWSO 2000 and PSYC 1000 and PSYC 1001.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing reghelp@mun.ca.

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take PLST 2200, one of ARCH 2492 or PSYC 2150; one of ANTH 2414, HIST 2800, LWSO 3012 or SOCI 3180 and one of POSC 3010, STAT 2500 or SOCI 3040.

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations.

Note: students pursuing an interdisciplinary major must pursue a single-discipline minor/second major. 

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take PLST 3000, PLST 3100 and PLST 3500 and one of LWSO 3400, SOCI 3290 or PLST 3306.

Note: students must complete courses from at least three Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines, with no more than five courses per discipline other than PLST (see

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations.

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take two of PLST 4000 , PLST 4001 or PLST 4212 and PLST 3395.

Ensure that your Breadth of Knowledge requirement of the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Submit your application by January 15 for spring graduation or July 15 for fall graduation through Memorial Self-Service under Graduation menu options.




  • Request a final degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation by emailing audit_arts@mun.ca 
  • Have questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at arts_registrar@mun.ca
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors 


Pondering your future career interest?

Take action. Register for Artsworks, a free career development program designed for Humanities and Social Sciences students.

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.


Go to program welcome event and other program events.

Attend Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences speaker series or other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department or through the Canadian Criminal Justice Association

Think globally about your academic involvement.


Consider Going Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator.

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV at CDEL
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Health • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Check out Memorial Meditates • Living on-campus? Check out residence events • Be safe with Walksafe • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus office • Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy Oasis during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Visit the current students page or talk to an advisor. 


Marina Carbonell is a mother of three children under four, and has been a police officer with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary since 2007. She received a BSc in biology from Dalhousie University in 2012 and received a BA in police studies from Memorial University in 2014.  Constable Carbonell is currently working on her masters degree in sociology at Memorial University. Her academic interests include policing, gender, youth, and law.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?

When I first started university directly following high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career.  I was always interested in science, law, psychology and sociology.  I think my undergraduate self would be proud that I found a great career, and impressed that I found a career directly related to my undergraduate interests.

What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?

In the beginning of my university career, my biggest challenge was finding my niche.  I took a lot of different courses in my first few years but I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do as a real job.  I applied and was accepted to the police studies program with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, and that program exposed me to different faculties within the university.  I really loved the mix of courses in the police studies major program, because it exposed me to different ways of thinking and working.

When I went back to university after becoming a police officer, my biggest challenge was balance.  As a mother and a full-time shift worker, the flexibility of the police studies program was amazing.  I was able to take nearly all my courses via distance education, and correspond with my professors through email and over the phone.

What resources did you use while at Memorial?

The best resources and supports for me at Memorial were the staff and professors.  They really went above and beyond to help me learn.  I took advantage of the Writing Centre’s services and their instruction was very beneficial. I also used the Academic Advising Centre and met with an advisor about my program requirements. They helped me choose the best minor for my program and helped me with course selection. The Computer Support Centre taught me how to use my laptop for presentations so I could avoid embarrassing technical difficulties. Memorial has some amazing supports like the Blundon Centre, Counselling Centre, and occasional workshops that can really make a difference for students.

Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?

I met with an academic advisor at the Academic Advising Centre. They helped me clarify the University Calendar Requirements for my program and gave me advice on choosing a minor. I didn’t complete my degree in the typical four years, and my program requirements had changed over that time period. They helped me look through the numerous University Calendars to figure out what route was best for me.  I met with faculty and staff many times during my undergraduate degree at Memorial, and they were always quick to respond to an email if I had any questions or concerns.

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?

Extracurricular activities helped me build my resume and make me more marketable, overall.  It is difficult to achieve a great resume in the beginning of your career, both academically and professionally, but extracurricular activities can set you apart and help get your foot in the door.

Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?

Early in my undergraduate career, I had a summer job working in a laboratory with animals.  I quickly discovered that working exclusively in a laboratory was not for me.  I was interested in criminology and policing, and completed the police studies diploma with the RNC in 2007. When I was ready to finish my degree, the police studies degree program was the best fit. Like many students, I had taken courses in many different faculties while exploring my academic options early in my undergraduate career. The police studies degree program allowed me to use those courses towards my degree, as the program is an interdisciplinary degree. I really enjoyed the mix of courses I was able to take, because I was able to explore many different subjects and use courses I had already completed to achieve my degree requirements.

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?

I would advise undergraduate students to take their time, and do everything one step at a time. Completing a degree program is a marathon, and it can be overwhelming when you think about every obstacle you need to overcome in order to finish. It’s okay if you take a little longer to complete your degree, what matters is that you finish. Take advantage of all the amazing resources at Memorial, get to know your professors, and ask questions about everything.  


Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)