Program Advising

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice

Welcome to the Criminal Justice degree at Mount Royal University!

Congratulations on your admission to the Criminal Justice degree! As a student in the program, you will be able to open doors to a wide range of learning and career opportunities.

If you are eager to register in your courses, below are the recommended first year courses. You will not be able to register until you have met with your Academic Advisor, Leann Acheson. Please see the section "How do I access my advisor?" for your options on connecting with your Academic Advisor.

The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule. For course descriptions, please follow this link to the Academic Calendar.

In your first year, you should register in the following courses:
» Four (3-credit) CRJS courses
» Five (3-credit) Gen Ed courses
» One (3-credit) Elective

Year One, CRJS course checklist
» CRJS 1001 - Introduction to Criminology (offered in Fall only)
» CRJS 1003 - Introduction to the Justice System (offered in Fall only)
» CRJS 1011 - Introduction to Human Relations (offered in Winter only)
» CRJS 1013 - Diversity Issues and the Criminal Justice System (offered in Winter only)
» General Education Requirement (Cluster 1, Foundation)*
» General Education Requirement (Cluster 4, Foundation)*
» General Education Requirement (Cluster 2, Foundation)*
» General Education Requirement (Cluster 3, Foundation)*

Please see the GNED section in this guide for your specific GNED requirements for the CRJS degree.
» General Education Requirement (Tier2)*
» Elective (any 3-credit course that does not fulfill a program core or General Education requirement)

* One course per cluster from approved list. GNED courses in your first year should be chosen from Foundation and Tier 2 only.

Criminal Justice Degree: 40 courses
24 courses
All students in the Criminal Justice program complete 24 core courses throughout their four years, beginning with introduction to law enforcement, community outreach and victim services.
General Education
10 courses
You choose your Gen Ed courses from four clusters:
- numeracy and scientific literacy,
- values, beliefs and identity,
- community and society, and
- communication.
6 courses
Your remaining courses are electives, any three-credit courses at any level from any subject area, as long as you meet the prerequisites. There are hundreds of courses to choose from depending on your program.

A great education doesn't just make you an expert in one area - it gives you a well-rounded knowledge base in a variety of areas. That is why all of Mount Royal's baccalaureate degree and diploma programs will include General Education, a collection of courses in a range of subjects that will complement studies in your chosen field. As part of your degree, up to 30% of your course load will consist of General Education courses.


As you start your studies, you take a total of four Gen Ed foundation courses. Choose one from each cluster.

Cluster 1: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy
» Take one of: GNED 1101, or GNED 1102, or GNED 1103 within your first 10 courses.

Cluster 2: Values, Beliefs and Identity
» Take one of: GNED 1201, GNED 1202 or GNED 1203 within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 3: Community and Society
» Take one of: GNED 1301, GNED 1303 or GNED 1304 within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 4: Communication
» Take one of: GNED 1401, or GNED 1403, or GNED 1404 within your first 10 courses.

Tier 2

As you progress through your degree, choose four Gen Ed courses from a wider variety of courses

You will take a total of three classes:
» one Tier 2 course from cluster 1
» two Tier 2 course from two of clusters 2, 3, or 4

Tier 3

You must take three Tier 3 courses. These three courses must be from at least two different clusters.

You could take:
» three Tier 3 courses each from a different cluster (Total 3); or
» two Tier 3 courses from one cluster, plus one more from a different cluster (Total: 3).

It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements as outlined in the information above.

Use the online Academic Calendarto explore possible courses of interest and to check that you meet prerequisites. You will register for courses using the registration system found in, Register & Pay tab.

Resource site for registration help you solve your registration issues:


mruGradU8 is a program audit system and advising tool designed to assist you in reviewing your academic history, identifying requirements you completed and those that are still needed for graduation. As you move through your degree, mruGradU8 will become a great planning tool for you to measure your progress.

You will login to mruGradU8 through your account, under the 'My Program' tab. When you click on the icon or follow the link, your audit will open.

In order to ensure that your curriculum is current, please click the 'Process New' tab at the top of the audit every time that you login to mruGradU8.

The information in your audit is separated into three sections:

  • Core and/or Major Requirements
  • General Education (GNED) Requirements
  • Electives
  • If you declare a minor, which is optional, this will be added to the bottom of your audit.

Each semester, information about your course registration will be added to your audit so you can see which courses you register in and which ones you complete. This will be a great tool for you and your advisor to use to ensure that the courses you are taking will meet graduation requirements for your program.

Please visit this page for more information about mruGradU8, including frequently asked questions.

Your Bachelor of Arts -- Criminal Justice Academic Advisor is here to support you with the start of your degree. You will need to meet with her before you are able to register for your courses.

Please contact Leann Acheson by email at or by phone at 403.440.5682 to arrange for your appointment.