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3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

444605 (Internal)

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Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

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Degree overview

  • Enhance your employment prospects and diversify your skillset by studying criminology and criminal justice along with a second major in Arts. This will develop your capabilities to explore and apply diverse ways of thinking, which is highly regarded by employers.
  • Engage with community and industry partners, undertake a placement and seek mentoring opportunities through the Professional Directions Program
  • Gain international experience with a Global Experience study tour. 
  • Study at a university ranked No.1 in SA for Graduate Careers in the Humanities1
  • UniSA is ranked No.1 in South Australia for Graduate Skills in Arts and the Humanities2
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities3, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next. 
  • Use this degree as a pathway to further study, including the Master of Social Work.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021-23, Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences – Full-time Employment Indicator (Domestic Postgraduate). SA public universities 2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences – Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities. 3UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50. 



As a student studying the Criminology and Criminal Justice major, you will explore the social and behavioural science of criminology, and examine contemporary criminal justice issues across diverse communities locally and globally.  

Informed by the latest thinking and most up-to-date developments in criminology and criminal justice, you will

  • Develop an understanding of the criminal justice system in specialised areas such as offender rehabilitation, restorative justice and diversion, globalised crime, youth justice, and police investigations and intelligence. 
  • Gain insight into cutting-edge developments in criminal and social justice from academics with extensive research and industry experience. 
  • Discover how the criminal justice system is experienced by people, and how it can be analysed and improved, to address contemporary social challenges.

You will also graduate with transferable skills in expert writing, presentation, digital, communication, research and problem-solving skills that are highly regarded by prospective employers.

Learn more about how to tailor your Arts degree to suit your interests in humanities and social sciences and diversify your knowledge. 

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree delves into the criminal justice system and the impacts of globalisation on crime. You will learn about the major institutions in the criminal justice system, including the role of government agencies and social institutions in developing policies and practices of punishment.  

You’ll focus on current sector issues and contemporary approaches to practice, graduating with specialised knowledge in:  

  • offender rehabilitation 
  • desistence theory 
  • restorative justice and diversion 
  • globalised crime 
  • youth justice 
  • crime, gender and sexuality 
  • police investigations and intelligence.

You will also develop transferable skills in critical thinking, research capabilities, and written and oral communication skills. 

This degree allows you to select two majors, ensuring you graduate with broad knowledge of two areas of interest. You can choose a second major from the following: 

In addition to your two majors, you will also be required to complete two core courses, four courses from a selected list of minors, and Professional Directions Program 1 & 2 or two electives.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Truth, Lies and Being Human HUMS 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
UO Understanding Crime and Criminology BEHL 1035 4.5 Note(s): 6
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 2,3,5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
UO The Criminal Justice System JUST 1018 4.5 Note(s): 6
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 2,3,5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
UO Corrections: Offender Rehabilitation and Desistance JUST 2011 4.5 Note(s): 6
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 2,3,5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4
Professional Directions Program 1 COMM 2098 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
UO Policing Investigations and Intelligence JUST 2013 4.5 Note(s): 6
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 2,3,5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4
Professional Directions Program 2 COMM 2099 4.5 Note(s): 4
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
UO Globalised Crime JUST 3010 4.5 Note(s): 6
UO Youth Justice JUST 2014 4.5 Note(s): 6
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
UO Crime, Gender and Sexuality JUST 3009 4.5 Note(s): 6
UO Aboriginal Australians, Policing and the Criminal Justice System SOCU 2019 4.5 Note(s): 6
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week. 

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Arts (Criminology and Criminal Justice)

Why this Degree

This degree increases your employment prospects by enabling expertise in two areas of interest. The criminology and criminal justice specialisation will encourage you to analyse the inner workings of the criminal justice system and explore ways of tackling contemporary social challenges. You’ll also learn about the human side of criminology and criminal justice, deepening your understanding of diverse social and behavioural dimensions.  

Employers look for graduates who can apply their knowledge and skills to real industry challenges. With a strong focus on applied learning, you’ll learn the same principles and approaches used in current criminology and criminal justice practice - you’ll be ready to hit the ground running, no matter what area you choose to work in.

You can engage with community and industry partners, undertake a placement and seek mentoring opportunities as part of your studies through the Professional Directions Program. You can also gain international experience through Global Experience study tours. 

By choosing one major and one minor, you could continue your studies with a Master of Teaching. Find out more about becoming a teacher before you select your courses. 

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

This could be you

UniSA’s Bachelor of Arts is taught by world-class educators and researchers and enables you to pursue two areas of academic interest at once. Hear from UniSA student Luke Heathorn and Program Support Coordinator Louis Everuss on what it's like studying our Bachelor of Arts degrees.

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Career outcomes

Your career

With the industry experiencing steady job growth, there are diverse career opportunities for criminology and criminal justice professionals. Many roles are found in government agencies including law enforcement and intelligence, social welfare and correctional services, but there are also opportunities to work in the private sector and with not-for-profit organisations.

 As a graduate, you may pursue you career in criminology and criminal justice in roles such as: 

  • policy development officer 
  • crime prevention officer 
  • case manager  
  • law enforcement officer 
  • child protection officer 
  • correctional services officer 
  • security officer 
  • youth support worker 
  • intelligence officer
  • criminology research officer. 

With additional qualifications, you may choose to work in teaching, academia or policy research and development. 
Further career pathways are also available depending on your combination of majors. 

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am Director of the Bachelor of Arts Programs, Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, and Fellow of the Advanced Higher Education Academy, UK. 

My academic background is in Languages and Applied Linguistics (BA Hons, PhD), following extensive experience in clinical practice across a range of health and medical domains in Australia. My work places a strong focus on developing reciprocal, trusting relationships in my teaching, mentoring and engagement with students, and in my research in partnership with colleagues, community and industry. My teaching and research inform each other. I coordinate and teach core courses in the Bachelor of Arts, and my research focuses on language and communication in professions and organisations in various contexts. These include state and nationally funded projects in health care, aged care, education, counselling, and policing.  

The upshot is that our Bachelor of Arts program develops each student’s interests, strengths and aspirations, enabling each student to explore and prepare for a wide range of career and life goals. The unique double major structure combines theory and practice with real-world experience to develop strong interdisciplinary skills that are highly valued by industry, government and community. 

Dr Fiona O'Neill

Program Director

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Dr Fiona O'Neill

Program Director


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