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Criminal Psychology & Behaviour (Certificate)

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Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

This program will examine the principles of human behaviour related to complex issues such as co-dependency as an addiction, criminal and psychopathic minds, cults and terrorism as well as domestic, sexual and workplace violence. The causes, consequences and prevention of crime and criminal behaviour will be explored. The psychology behind why individuals become criminals and why people are attracted to those with deviant behaviours will be studied.

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) OR
  • Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading OR
  • Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older)
  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Examine the psychological theories which can be contributed to criminal behaviour
  • Interpret how social (gender, culture, age, poverty, race, family history, cults), psychological (personality, biological, chemical) and economic factors influence criminal behaviour and co-dependency
  • Analyze and explain the use of forensic and correctional psychology and preventions in policing and the Canadian court system
  • Compare the various therapies used to treat violent/delinquent individuals

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Group homes
  • Halfway houses
  • Community-based victim-oriented resource centres

Related Credentials and Courses

Graduates interested in further professional development may be interested in the following courses/programs:

Social Service Worker Diploma

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
PSYC 2080Criminal Psychology - Criminal MindsMonthly Intake Online
PSYC 2080Criminal Psychology - Criminal MindsOnline
PSYC 1080Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic MindsMonthly Intake Online
PSYC 1080Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic MindsOnline
GNED 1483Domestic and Workplace ViolenceOnline
PSYC 1981Forensic PsychologyOnline
PSYC 1083Personality PsychologyOnline
PSYC 1051Selected Topics in PsychologyOnline
PSYC 1051Selected Topics in PsychologyMonthly Intake Online