Associate of Arts Degree in Criminology


While obtaining the benefits of study across several disciplines, students in this program concentrate on theories of crime, law, and the administration of justice in Canada. Students are immersed in a multidisciplinary approach to understanding crime in context, how different communities respond to crime in Canada, crime statistics, and different methods that can be used in researching crime and social control.

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Admission Requirements

The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.

Curricular Requirements

Within the framework of the Associate of Arts degree, students are required to complete at least 60 credits, with a minimum of C in each course, and include the following courses.

CRIM 1100Introduction to Criminology3
CRIM 1101Introduction to the Criminal Justice System3
CRIM 1107Canadian Legal Systems3
CRIM 1208Methods of Research in Criminology3
CRIM 1215Interpersonal and Professional Development in Criminology3
CRIM 2103Quantitative Data Analysis I3
CRIM 2330Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour3
CRIM 2331Sociological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour3
CRIM 2341Canadian Criminal Justice Administration3
SOCI 1125Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures3
ANTH 1217Forensic Anthropology3
Select one of the following:3
General Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Formal Logic
Select one course in the Humanities (as defined by the Associate of Arts degree framework)3
Select one of the following: 13
Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes
Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Literacy
Principles of Program Structure and Design I
Select two of the following: 26
Introduction to Criminal Law
Criminal Justice and Psychology
Crime, Criminal Justice, and the Media
Introduction to Policing
Corrections: Theory and Practice
Youth Justice
Select three credits in second year arts, science, or other areas 33
Total Credits54

Students planning to complete the Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology should complete PSYC 1100 because it is required for the degree program.


At least three credits must be from either CRIM 1207, CRIM 2211, or CRIM 2214.


If you selected ANTH 1217 as your lab science, this elective can be from chosen from the first or second year level. If you selected any lab science other than ANTH 1217, the elective must be in an Arts discipline other than Criminology at the second year level, and must be university transferable.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive an Associate of Arts degree in Criminology.

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