Criminology (Diploma)


Winter 2023: Currently accepting applications

Summer 2023: Currently accepting applications

Fall 2023: Applications open October 3, 2022 



New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements


Prepare to enter the criminal justice field with the Diploma in Criminology. Study the criminal justice system and learn about the complex problems encountered in the criminal justice field. Deepen your knowledge of the processes and structures of the Canadian justice system.  

You’ll learn from instructors who have experience on the front lines as lawyers, youth workers, police officers, policy makers and psychologists.  

Continue your education 

Upon graduation, you can seek further education in the fields of criminology, psychology, forensic science or similar, or start your career in areas such as the government, educational institutions or the non-profit sector. You can also choose to continue your education into our Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology as long as you take the required criminology courses and electives needed to transfer into the degree program. 

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

** A university transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC – according to the BC Transfer Guide. 

Course Requirements:

Course Number

Course Title


Select one course from the following two options:

CRIM 1120

Introduction to Policing


CRIM 1170

Introduction to Corrections


Select one course from the following two options:

CRIM 2251

Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour


CRIM 2252

Sociological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour


Select one course from the following five options:

PHIL 1101

Critical Thinking


PHIL 1102

Values and Contemporary Issues


PHIL 1103

Knowledge, Reason and Experience


PHIL 1152**

Reality and Existence


PHIL 2201

Logical Reasoning


Required Courses:

CRIM 1100

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System


CRIM 1150

Introduction to Criminology


CRIM 1160

The Canadian Legal System


CRIM 2140

Interviewing and Professional Skills


CRIM 2260

Criminal Law



ENGL 1130 (Highly Recommended) or

Any UT English Course


PSYC 1100

An Introduction to Psychology (I)


SOCI 1125

Social Processes


CRIM Elective

Select four to six 1000-4000 level Criminology or Legal Studies courses

(1000-2000 level courses must be University Transferable)

12.00 – 18.00


Select three to five University Transferable courses

Relevant elective courses include:

ANTH 1100, ANTH 1120, ANTH 1160

GEOG 1100, GEOG 1160, GEOG 1180

HIST 1113, HIST 1114

POLI 1102, POLI 2202

SOCI 2230, SOCI 2240, SOCI 2250



Total Credits



Admissions Requirements

General College Admission Requirements


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • BC Deputy Sheriff 
  • Canada Border Services Officer (CBSA) 
  • Correctional Officer (Provincial or Federal) 
  • Court Registry Clerk 
  • Environmental Conservation Officer 
  • Immigration & Customs Officer 
  • Mental Health Worker 
  • Residential Support/Youth Worker - Group Homes (nonprofit) 
  • Security Officer 
  • Support Services Worker - Halfway House/Transition 
  • 911 Operator/Telecommunications Operator

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.


No. You apply to the College. Once you are accepted, you can register in Criminology courses. See the Admissions tab for more details. 

While there are core Criminology courses you must take, your program of studies requires that you take core courses and electives outside of Criminology such as English, Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy.

For some courses we will offer multiple sections, eg. Intro. to CJS, for some, like our special topic courses, we may offer one section per year. The majority of courses are offered in fall and winter with a smaller selection offered in the summer term.

  • to come to class prepared having completed any required readings or review questions
  • comprehensive reading and writing assignments
  • critical thinking, group discussions, oral presentations, debates
  • independent study


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Students planning to transfer to a university should complete a minimum 24 credits (to a maximum of 60 credits) of courses that are transferable to their desired university. Admission is competitive and will be based on their grade point average. Certain programs will have other supplemental requirements, so it is important for students to visit the university’s website. 

Douglas College Criminology Diploma students wishing to transfer to Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology Bachelor’s Degree Program

Visit their program website to see what courses transfer.

Douglas College Criminology Diploma or Associate of Arts students wishing to transfer to the Douglas College Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology

Students need to complete the requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree, or equivalent for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology, at Douglas College. The following are the graduation requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:

6 credits (2 courses) first-year English electives
6 credits (2 courses) first-year Humanities electives
6 credits (2 courses) first-year Social Sciences electives
6 credits (2 courses) first-year Arts electives
18 credits (6 courses) second-year Arts electives in 2 or more subject areas
3 credits (1 course) first-year Lab Science elective
3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Science elective
9 credits (3 courses) other University Transfer electives

See here for further details on the Associate of Arts

While completing the Associate Degree in Arts,  students should complete the following Psychology courses as they are  required for the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology, at Douglas College: PSYC 1100, PSYC 1200, PSYC 2300*, PSYC 2301. As well as two of the following: PSYC 2315, PSYC 2341, PSYC 2360. *Important: The pre-requisite for PSYC 2300 is Principles of Math 11 with a minimum of “C” and PSYC 1100 and PSYC 1200 with a minimum of “C-.”

Douglas College Criminology Diploma or Associate of Arts students wishing transfer to the BCIT Forensic Science Option or the Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option

Visit their program website to see what courses transfer.


If you are uncertain about your career aspirations and/or which receiving institution you would like to further your studies, consider arranging an appointment to consult with a Criminology Coordinator. Appointments can be made by emailing: