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Criminology (Associate of Arts)

Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Criminology
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Credential: Associate Degree
Admission Type: Open enrolment
program overview

Learn about the implications of crime and how to handle it within our society from instructors who have experience on the front lines as lawyers, youth workers, police officers, policy makers and psychologists.

In the Associate of Arts Degree in Criminology program, you’ll study the criminal mind, and the intricate system society has designed to deal with criminal behaviour.

A Criminology Associate of Arts Degree can lead into a Criminology Major or Minor Bachelor of Arts Degree program at a university, and in most cases will allow you to transfer to the third year of a four-year bachelor's degree program at other universities.

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits as listed below
  • Require a minimum GPA of 2.00

(Specializations will be noted on the transcript and will not be noted on the credential)

Course Requirements:

To complete an Associate of Arts Degree with a Specialization in Criminology, students must complete:

  • 18 or more credits (of the 60 credits required for their associate degree) in Criminology
  • nine of those 18 credits must be considered second-year courses. To qualify as a second-year course, a course must transfer to one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic, or UNBC) at the second-year level.

The following are the general 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

English courses include courses in Communications, Creative Writing and Print Futures that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit.

** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. They are designated as "humanities" or "social sciences" in the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree. Please see the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below for further information. 

Definitions:

A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic).

  • An Arts course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree at one of the research universities.
  • A Science course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science Degree at one of the research universities. 
  • The requirements specified above are intended to provide breadth of exposure to a variety of disciplines in both Arts and Sciences. In some instances there may be some ambiguity as to whether a course is in the Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. Most Physical Geography and Mathematics would be designated as Science courses.
  • A course in an "other" area is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate Degree other than in Arts, Science or Applied Science at one of the research universities.
  • first-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 100-level at one of the research universities.
  • second-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200-level or higher level at one of the research universities.
  • laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena, either in the laboratory or in the field.

For detailed information you should meet with an Academic Advisor.

Co-operative Education Option:

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.

admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

program cost

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.

curriculum 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.

Are there specific entrance requirements to become a student in the Criminology Program?

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

Do I take only Criminology courses during my studies?

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.

Can I complete a Certificate in Criminal Justice in 1 year (30 credits) or a Criminology Diploma in 2 years (60 credits)? 

Yes this is possible, if you are attending full time (5 courses per semester). Students may need to take day or night classes or to travel to both campuses, depending on course offerings and availability of seats in the course(s) you require.

Are all the Criminology courses listed in the calendar offered each semester?

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.

What can I expect in a Criminology class?

  • 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

transferring

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

If a Criminology Diploma student wishes to satisfy SFU transfer requirements, they should choose the following as electives: CRIM 2254, CRIM 2261, PSYC 1200, and PSYC 2300. They should also complete both CRIM 2251 and 2252 in order to transfer to SFU. *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-.”

It is strongly suggested that students keep current on SFU’s lower division requirements, which are subject to change, and consult with an academic advisor should questions arise. This will help ensure seamless transfer to SFU’s Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. See here for specific lower and upper division program requirements at SFU:

http://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/2016/spring/programs/criminology/major/bachelor-of-arts.html

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: http://www.douglascollege.ca/programs-courses/catalogue/programs/ASARTS

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

Completion of the CRIM diploma or Associate Degree in Arts do qualify for BCIT’s Forensic program admission. This program has a two-step admission process.

Step 1: Pre-entry assessment:

Applicants must have a pre-assessment with the program area to identify necessary pre-entry courses. Please contact the BCIT Forensic Program Assistant to make arrangements (http://www.bcit.ca/study/programs/845bbtech#entry). You can apply if you have completed necessary pre-entry courses.

Step 2: Completion of one of the following options prior to admission:

Option 1: A two-year diploma (minimum of 60 credits) or associate or bachelor's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution or

Option 2: A minimum of 60 credits of courses fulfilling the requirements of the first two years of study towards the completion of a defined undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution (e.g. BA, BSc, BComm, BASc, etc) or

Option 3: A minimum of 60 credits of courses from one or more recognized post-secondary institutions (minimum of 18 credits at second-year or higher level) or

Option 4: Certification as a police constable AND completion of 30 credits from a recognized post-secondary institution or

Option 5: Meeting of alternate entry/exception policy. Applicants must contact a BCIT Program Assistant for particulars. A completed pre-entry assessment document from the program area must be uploaded with your application. Processing times depend on individual assessment and could take up to 3 months to complete.

It is strongly suggested that students keep current on BCIT’s entrance requirements (which are subject to change). This will help ensure seamless transfer to BCIT. See here for BCIT’s program requirements in forensics: http://www.bcit.ca/cas/forensics/

Douglas College Criminology Diploma or Associate of Arts Students wishing to transfer to another accredited post-secondary institution

Please read the receiving institutions lower division requirements and consult with a Douglas College academic advisor should you have any questions about transferring. The BC transfer guide can provide you with information regarding the transferability of specific Douglas College courses to other institutions, in BC. See here: http://www.bctransferguide.ca/

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: crimcoordinator@douglascollege.ca

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