The Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology program provides students with a broad, liberal education in social science, criminal justice, and law. Students learn scientific research methods, legal, philosophical and theoretical approaches to aid in understanding crime and related social problems, and social responses to crime. The BA degree program builds on the central core of method and theory and affords students opportunities to hone abstract, logical thinking, and critical understanding of the issues, arguments, and debates that shape the discipline's character and aims.
Contemporary criminology courses developed especially for this degree expose students to cutting-edge theory and research. This program integrates opportunities to engage in undergraduate research, service learning, and practicum placements that provide students with highly transferable and marketable knowledge and skills. For more information, see the Criminology Department webpage: kpu.ca/arts/criminology
Students who graduate with a BA degree may apply to law school or pursue a graduate degree in criminology or other disciplines. Those who are interested in applying to graduate school, or who prefer a more extensive research experience, are encouraged to undertake a structured program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Major in Criminology.
Faculty's website: kpu.ca/arts
Department's website: kpu.ca/arts/criminology
Students pursuing a major in Criminology must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.
Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:
- In good academic standing with the University
- Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:
- 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
- 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.
|CRIM 1100||Introduction to Criminology||3|
|CRIM 1101||Introduction to the Criminal Justice System||3|
|CRIM 1107||Canadian Legal Systems||3|
|CRIM 1207||Introduction to Criminal Law||3|
|CRIM 1208||Methods of Research in Criminology||3|
|CRIM 1215||Interpersonal and Professional Development in Criminology||3|
|PSYC 1100||Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes||3|
|SOCI 1125||Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|General Introduction to Philosophy|
|Introduction to Moral Philosophy|
|Introduction to Formal Logic|
|CRIM 2103||Quantitative Data Analysis I||3|
|CRIM 2330||Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour||3|
|CRIM 2331||Sociological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour||3|
|CRIM 2341||Canadian Criminal Justice Administration||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Criminal Justice and Psychology|
|Crime, Criminal Justice, and the Media|
|Introduction to Policing|
|Corrections: Theory and Practice|
|3000 and 4000 Level 1||3|
|Qualitative Research Methods|
|Select two of the following Group 1 courses:||6|
|Group 1: Theory and Methods|
|Advanced Theories of Crime and Community|
|Contemporary Sociological Criminology|
|Contemporary Psychological Criminology|
|Select one of the following Group 2 courses:||3|
|Group 2: Criminal Justice|
|White-Collar & Corporate Crime|
|Issues in Youth Justice|
|Community Safety and Crime Prevention|
|Marginalized Groups and the Criminal Justice System|
|Policy and Program Evaluation|
|Select one of the following Group 3 courses:||3|
|Group 3: Law, Advocacy and Conflict Resolution|
|Procedure and Evidence|
|Law and Society|
|Issues in Conflict Resolution|
|Philosophy of Law|
|Administrative and Regulatory Law|
|Community Advocacy and Human Rights|
|Select 15 additional credits of any CRIM courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.||15|
Students will complete 30 credits in upper-level CRIM courses. All upper-level criminology courses require 6 credits of English as pre-requisites as of Fall 2013.
In addition to the 120 credits required for the Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology, students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Criminology degree must complete the following additional 12 credits:
|CRIM 5000||Honours Thesis I||3|
|CRIM 5010||Honours Seminar||3|
|CRIM 5020||Honours Thesis II||6|
Enrolment in Criminology Honours courses requires the permission of the Criminology Honours committee. In order to be considered for Honours courses, students normally must:
- have completed 90 credits or more at the time of application;
- achieve a CGPA of 3.5; and
- have completed CRIM 3104 and CRIM 4410.
Please see kpu.ca/arts/criminology for further information regarding application deadlines and selection criteria.
Students may receive either the Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology degree or the Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Criminology degree, but not both.
Upon successful completion of the honours program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Transcripts will indicate a Major in Criminology.
The Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology is offered with a Co-operative Education option. Co-operative Education gives a student the opportunity to apply the skills gained during academic study in paid, practical work experience semesters. Degree students in the Co-op option are expected to complete a minimum of three work terms while completing their degree. Work terms generally occur full-time in separate 4 month work semesters. Work semesters alternate with academic study.
Students wishing to enter and participate in the Co-op Option must meet the following requirements:
- Declaration into the BA in Criminology Honours
- Declaration of the Co-operative Education option prior to completion of 90 credits for the BA in Criminology Honours
- Minimum program GPA of 2.7
Work Term and Program Continuance Requirements
Procedures for enrollment in Co-operative Education work terms are outlined in the COOP course descriptions. Conditions for continuance in the program are:
- Successful completion of COOP 1101 prior to 90 credits for the BA in Criminology Honours
- Minimum program GPA of 2.7
- Instructor permission
Co-op students are advised to consult kpu.ca/co-op for information about course enrolment and work term placements.
The Co-operative Education designation requires successful completion of the following courses:
|COOP 1101||Introduction to Professional and Career Readiness||1|
|COOP 1150||Co-op Work Semester 1||9|
|COOP 2150||Co-op Work Semester 2||9|
|COOP 3150||Co-op Work Semester 3||9|
|Co-op Work Semester 4|
Note: COOP courses must be completed in ascending numerical order. Contact the Co-op office for information about the possibility of part-time work terms. COOP courses may be used only to satisfy the Co-op designation and cannot be used to satisfy other curricular requirements of the program.
In addition to the requirements stated above, all Co-op students must satisfy the General Co-operative Education Requirements.
Upon successful completion of the Co-operative Education Option in the major program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Co-operative Education Option). Transcripts will indicate a Major in Criminology.
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