Diploma in Criminology


The Diploma in Criminology contains a core of method and theory courses that provides a foundation for more advanced study of crime and social responses to crime. Electives reflect the multidisciplinary nature of criminology. The required courses and electives afford students of criminology an opportunity to develop abstract logical thinking and critical understanding of the issues, arguments, and debates that shape the discipline's character and aims.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/arts

Department's website: kpu.ca/arts/criminology

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a diploma in Criminology must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Curricular Requirements

Students are required to complete 60 credits at the 1000 and 2000 level, according to the following program requirements:

Group A
CRIM 1100Introduction to Criminology3
CRIM 1101Introduction to the Criminal Justice System3
CRIM 1107Canadian Legal Systems3
CRIM 1207Introduction to Criminal Law3
CRIM 1208Methods of Research in Criminology3
CRIM 2103Quantitative Data Analysis I3
CRIM 2330Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour3
CRIM 2331Sociological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour3
CRIM 2341Canadian Criminal Justice Administration3
Group B
PSYC 1100Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes3
PSYC 1200Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications3
SOCI 1125Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures3
Group C
Select one of the following:3
General Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Formal Logic
Group D
Select one of the following:3
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Policing
Corrections: Theory and Practice
Foundations of Economics
Introduction to University Writing
Cultures in Collision: Canada to 1867
Forged in Fire: Canada since 1867
HIST 1121
Canadian Politics and Government
Introduction to Political Science
Group E
Select two of the following:6
Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 2140
Introduction to Computer Literacy
Principles of Program Structure and Design I
Brain and Behaviour
Developmental Psychology: Childhood
Any course in FREN numbered 1100 or higher
Any course in SOCI numbered 1200 or higher
Select any course in the Faculty of Science & Horticulture numbered 1100 or higher
Group F
Select four of the following:12
Biological Anthropology
Indigenous Peoples in Canada
Criminal Justice and Psychology
Crime, Criminal Justice, and the Media
Youth Justice
Police Misconduct and Accountability
Europe 1789 to 1914
Political Ideologies and Worldviews
Social Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Research Methods in Psychology I
Any course in SOCI numbered 2300 or higher
Total Credits60

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Diploma in Criminology.

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