Curriculum Guideline

Criminology, Applied (Bachelor of Arts)

Effective Date:
Program Code
Humanities & Social Sciences
Credential Type
Bachelor's Degree
Transcript Title
BA in Applied Criminology
Date of First Offering
Start Term
End Term
Bachelor of Arts
Length of Program
Eight semesters
Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Completion of 60 credits with the following:
    • A two year Liberal Arts or Science Diploma or Associate Arts (or equivalent) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Douglas College's Criminology and Legal Studies diplomas meet this requirement
    • Completion of the following courses (or equivalent):
      • CRIM 1100 (Introduction to the Criminal Justice System)
      • CRIM 1150 (Introduction to Criminology)
      • CRIM 1160 (The Canadian Legal System)
      • CRIM 2140 (Interviewing and Professional Behaviour)
      • CRIM 2254 (Research Methods in Criminology)
      • CRIM 2260 (Criminal Law)
      • One of CRIM 1120 (Introduction to Policing) or CRIM 1170 (Introduction to Corrections)
      • One of CRIM 2251 (Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour) or CRIM 2252 (Sociological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour)
      • One of PSYC 2300 (Data Analysis in Psychology) or MATH 1160 (Introduction to Statistics)


Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the 60 credits of first and second year coursework required for admission into the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology, students must complete an additional 60 credits of university transfer coursework comprising: 
A. five required upper level core Criminology courses;
B. five upper level Criminology or Legal Studies electives including the completion of CRIM 3345 (Criminology Practicum) (or designated equivalent); 
C. five courses in one of the applied specializations in Criminology (or designated equivalent); and
D. five lower or upper level university transferable electives (Preferably Non-Criminology Courses).
E. In addition, students must also complete a “portfolio” to be reviewed and approved by a faculty member in the Criminology Department prior to graduation.

Important: At least 25% (30 credits) of all course work and 25% (12 credits) of upper level credits must be completed at Douglas College. University Transferable Courses must transfer to one of the five Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC.

*See below for additional details regarding graduation requirements

A. The five required core Criminology courses are:
1. CRIM 3310 (Advanced Theoretical Perspectives)
2. CRIM 3325 (Qualitative Research Methods) or PSYC 3300 (Applied Intermediate Research Methods and Data Analysis) or PSYC 3301 (Applied Organizational Research Methods) 
3. CRIM 3340 (Problem Solving and Interventions in Criminal Justice)
4. CRIM 3355 (Aboriginal Peoples: Crime and Administration) 
5. CRIM 4420 (Media, Crime, and Law)

B. In addition, students must complete five electives in upper level Criminology, Legal Studies, or related coursework/substitutions including the completion of CRIM 3345 (Criminology Practicum) or another suitable practicum or field experience course. CRIM 3345 is offered once annually, and spans the Winter and Summer semesters, providing students with opportunities to gain valuable work experience in the criminal justice field. Students interested in completing CRIM 3345 (Criminology Practicum) must contact the Practicum Coordinator during the Fall semester, leading up to the expected Winter registration and commencement. To be eligible for enrollment in CRIM 3345, students must meet the following requirements: 
1. Completion of CRIM 2140 (Interviewing and Professional Skills) 
2. Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology program 
3. Approval from the Practicum Coordinator by the specified application date (usually Fall semester prior to Winter registration). 
Note: CRIM 3345 has restricted enrollment that must be completed in person with the Practicum Coordinator. Only those students who meet all requirements will be eligible to enroll. Preference will be given to students who are closest to completing their BAACRIM degree requirements.

C. In addition, students must complete a minimum of five upper level courses in one specialization to receive recognition upon graduation. Though students may take courses across multiple areas of interest, only one specialization will be noted on your transcript when you graduate.

Specialization in Community and Institutional Practice
CRIM 4410 (Mentally Disordered Offender)
CRIM 3375 (Correctional Practice)
PSYC 3341 (Drugs and Behaviour)
PSYC 3342 (Developmental Psychopathology)
CRIM 3335 (Human Rights and Civil Liberties) 
CRIM 3376 (Restorative Justice)
CRIM 3370 (Sex Offenders)
CRIM 3356 (The Female Offender)
PHIL 3320 (Ethics)
SOSC 3399 (Directed Studies in Social Sciences)

Specialization in Crime Analysis and Prevention
CRIM 3390 (Crime and Intelligence Analysis)
CRIM 4440 (Policing and Community)
CRIM 3385 (Community Crime Prevention)
CRIM 3380 (Organized Crime) 
CRIM 3362 (Criminal Procedure & Evidence)
CRIM 4480 (Forensic Sciences) 
CRIM 4490 (Human Death Investigations)
SOSC 3399 (Directed Studies in Social Sciences)

Specialization in Legal Studies
LGST 3310 (Sex, Love, Relationships and Law)
LGST 3320 (Immigration Law) 
CRIM 4470 (Gambling)
PSYC 3314 (Psychology and Law)
CRIM 3335 (Human Rights and Civil Liberties)
CRIM 3320 (Environmental Criminology and Law)
PHIL 3320 or BUSN 4490 (Legal Ethics)
CRIM 3362 (Criminal Procedure & Evidence)
CRIM 3365 (Cybercrime)
SOSC 3399 (Directed Studies in Social Sciences)

Students taking the Legal Studies Specialization are also required to take the following courses in order to graduate:
LGST 1110 (Legal Research and Reasoning) 
LGST 1120 (Legal Process and Remedies) 
LGST 2210 (Private Law) 
LGST 2220 (Public Law)
Note that these LGST courses will fulfill four upper level Legal Studies electives required to graduate (See Section B above). However, all students must still take CRIM 3345 (Criminology Practicum).

D. Students must also complete any five lower or upper level university transferable courses. These electives are meant to help students broaden their knowledge. It is suggested that students explore Political Science, Geography, History, English, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Environmental Studies, Geology, Business, Languages, Computing Science, and/or other areas of interest.

E. Portfolio Requirements for Graduation
Lastly, students are also required to compile and complete a “portfolio” before graduation, to be reviewed and approved by a faculty member in the Criminology Department. This portfolio will outline and describe four (4) professional development activities that the student has completed over the course of their degree, as well as a current and complete resume. Each contribution to the student’s professional development should be written up as follows for inclusion in the portfolio:
• 1 page maximum per activity
• Name of activity/workshop/course/lecture
• Date (if applicable)
• Written description of the activity
• Written analysis of how the activity has enhanced the student’s professional development