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Criminology, Applied (Bachelor of Arts, Honours)

APPLY EARLY It is important that students apply early to this program as they must find and start to work with a faculty supervisor prior to the start of term. Applications open 11 months prior to the semester. NOTE: An internal department application is required to be sent to the BA Coordinator before May 1. That application form may be obtained by emailing the Coordinator. Students may not apply to the Registrar for acceptance to the Honours program, nor register in any Honours classes without approval from the Department.
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Criminology
Credits: 120.0
Length: Eight semesters
Credential: Bachelor's Degree
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Offered: Fall, Winter
program overview

Launch your criminal justice career with the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology ‒ Honours. Whether your goal is to prevent crime in your community, provide legal services to new immigrants or refugees, become a lawyer, or police, parole or probation officer, university professor and more, you’ll get the academic knowledge and hands-on experience to make you a top contender both in the job market and for grad school.

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology ‒ Honours program allows you to do self-directed research in a criminological area. While an Honours degree is not always mandatory for graduate school, completing one demonstrates your ability to complete independent research, and may give you an edge when applying for graduate studies. Completion of an Honours degree also demonstrates a high level of competency, as you must maintain a higher than average GPA throughout your final year in order to graduate with Honours.

What can a Criminology degree do for you?

Demand for graduates with a criminology degree is high – and that demand is even higher for grads with applied skills in areas such as crime prevention, risk assessment, demographic research, crisis intervention and conflict de-escalation.

Get work experience – before you graduate

With the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology with Honours, you’ll cultivate these applied skills and have opportunities to strengthen them through work placements with the Vancouver Police Department, private security companies and other agencies. You’ll graduate with 100 hours of work experience in the criminal justice field – giving you a leg up over the competition for jobs.  

Specializations

In the third and fourth years of the degree, you'll complete an applied specialization in one of the following areas

  • Community and Institutional Practice - launch a career in probation, parole or institutional corrections
  • Crime Analysis and Prevention- lay the groundwork for careers in security management, school-based gang and bullying prevention, community crime prevention and more.
  • Legal Studies - qualify for positions with agencies overseeing government regulations or that provide legal services, advocacy, policy analysis and more.

Graduate studies 

The Honours degree option is recommended for students who plan to attend graduate school. The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology with Honours degree is recognized by Simon Fraser University for graduate school, and also by law schools at the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria.

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Cummulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained from entrance to completion of program (or approval by the Chair/Coodinator of the program in special circumstances).

In addition to the 60 credits of first and second year coursework, students must complete an additional 60 credits (120 total) of university transfer coursework. A minimum of 45 credits must be at the 3000-4000 level in Criminology (or designate courses).

In upper level courses, five core Criminology courses are required:

CRIM 3310 (Advanced Theoretical Perspectives)
CRIM 3325 (Qualitative Research Methods) (or PSYC 3300 Applied Intermediate Research Methods and Data Analysis or PSYC 3301 Applied Organizational Research Methods)
CRIM 3340 (Problem Solving and Interventions in Criminal Justice)
CRIM 3355 (Aboriginal Peoples: Crime and Administration)
CRIM 4420 (Media, Crime, and Law)

As well as a practicum or field experience course such as CRIM 3345 (Criminology Practicum).

A minimum of five upper level Criminology or designate courses (plus CRIM 3345) is required for the selected area of specialization. All courses listed in these tables are eligible to be counted within the specialization. Thus, students may opt to take other upper level electives, so long as they complete five of those identified along with a field experience (CRIM 3345 or equivalent).

Possible curriculum framework for third and fourth years with an associated specialization is as follows:

(Note: LL -> Lower level (1000 or 2000) course. UL -> Upper leve (3000 or 4000) course) 

Semester Five

Semester Six

CRIM 3310 (Advanced Theory CRIM 4420 (Media, Crime and Law)
CRIM 3340 (Problem Solving) CRIM 3345 (Practicum)
CRIM 3355 (Aboriginal Justice) CRIM 3325 (Research Methods)
UL Elective UL Elective
UL Elective UL Elective

Specialization in Community and Institutional Practice
Semester Seven Semester Eight
CRIM 4410 (Mentally Disordered Offender) CRIM 3376 (Restorative Justice)
CRIM 3375 (Correctional Practice) CRIM 3370 (Sex Offenders)
PSYC 3341 (Drugs and Behaviour) CRIM 3356 (Female Offender)
PSYC 3342 (Developmental Psychopathology) PHIL 3320 (Ethics)
CRIM 3335 (Human Rights and Civil Liberties)    UL or LL Elective

Specialization in Crime Analysis and Prevention
Semester Seven Semester Eight
CRIM 3390 (Crime and Intelligence Analysis) CRIM 3362 (Criminal Procedure & Evidence)
CRIM 4440 (Policing and Community) CRIM 4480 (Forensic Sciences)
CRIM 3385 (Community Crime Prevention) CRIM 4490 (Human Death Investigations)
CRIM 3380 (Organized Crime) UL or LL Elective
UL or LL Elective UL or LL Elective

Specialization in Legal Studies
Semester Seven Semester Eight
LGST 3310 (Love, Relationships and Law) CRIM 3320 (Environmental Crime and Law)
LGST 3320 (Immigration Law) PHIL 3320 or BUSN 4490 (Legal Ethics)
CRIM 4470 (Gambling) CRIM 3362 (Criminal Procedure & Evidence)
PSYC 3314 (Psychology and Law) UL or LL Elective
CRIM 3335 (Human Rights and Civil Liberties) UL or LL Elective

Students taking the Legal Studies Specialization will also be required to take the following:

LGST 1100 (Legal Research and Reasoning)
LGST 1120 (Legal Process and Remedies)
LGST 2210 (Private Law Relationships)
LGST 2220 (Public Law)

SOSC 3399 (Directed Studies in Social Sciences) (3 credits) is also an elective option for all of the specializations. 

Honours Program 

For a major in Applied Criminology with Honours, students will complete one (3 credit) seminar course (PSYC 4390) and two courses of supervised research. Applied Criminology Honours students will take this course through the Psychology Department but will have a Criminology Faculty supervisor for their research and thesis. 

admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general college admission requirements for Douglas College.

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology will occur after the completion of 60 credits. Students must have the following:

a) 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.

b) completion of the following courses (or equivalent)

CRIM 1100 (Introduction to Criminal Justice)
CRIM 1150 (Introduction to Criminology)
CRIM 1160 (Introduction to the Canadian Legal System)
CRIM 2140 (Interviewing and Professional Behaviour)
CRIM 2254 (Research Methods)
CRIM 2260 (Criminal Law)

AND

One of CRIM 1120 (Introduction to Policing) or CRIM 1170(Introduction to Corrections)

AND

One of CRIM 2251 (Psychological Explanations to Crime and Deviance) or CRIM 2252 (Sociological Explanations to Crime and Deviance)

AND

One of PSYC 2300 (Data Analysis in Psychology) or MATH 1160 (Introduction to Statistics)

Admission to the honours program will typically occur at the beginning of the fourth year of the program. Admission to the honours program will require:

  1. a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 maintained from entrance to completion of program (or approval by the Chair/Coordinator of the program in special circumstances)
  2. a minimum of 90 credits completed
  3. completion of CRIM 3325 or PSYC 3300 or PSYC 3301 with a minimum of a C (60%)
  4. a completed application form, including agreement from a Criminology faculty member to supervise the honours thesis
application deadlines
Full Time
  • Fall Deadline: May 01
program cost

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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.

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    May 01
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