Can I take a Sociology or Criminology course if I don’t have the prerequisite listed in the course description?

In the vast majority of cases, the answer to this question is a firm ‘no’. The word “prerequisite” describes something that is required as a prior condition to something else. Our academic programs are structured such that upper-level courses build upon the foundation laid down in the prerequisite courses. Allowing students to take courses without completion of prerequisites threatens not only our students’ success, but also the very integrity of our degree programs. Therefore, prerequisites can be waived only in very rare and truly exceptional circumstances. You may notice some course descriptions that list a prerequisite course, followed by “or written consent of the Department Head” – you should not assume that prerequisites are more likely to be waived for these courses.