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Criminal Justice Studies

Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Criminology
Credits: 30.0
Length: Two semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Certificate
Admission Type: Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview
The Criminal Justice Certificate Program appeals to students who do not plan to transfer to a university program but who want to take courses in the field of criminal justice to increase their knowledge of the structures and processes in the Canadian justice system. For many, this program provides an opportunity to consider vocational goals or to prepare for access to justice-related occupations. For students who decide to continue their studies at university, the majority of courses transfer.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 50% (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 Credits

CRIM 1100

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System


CRIM 1120

Introduction to Policing


CRIM 1160

The Canadian Legal System


CRIM 1170

Introduction to Corrections



ENGL 1130 (Highly Recommended) or

Any UT English Course


PSYC 1100

An Introduction to Psychology (I)


SOCI 1125

Social Processes


CRIM Elective

Select two 1000-4000 Criminology or Legal Studies courses

(1000-2000 level courses must be University Transferable)



Select one University Transferable course


Total Credits



career transfer pathways
The majority of courses in the Criminal Justice Certificate Program are university transferrable, so students can continue their studies at a university if they wish. However, students who intend to study criminology at the university level should enroll in our Diploma program for full transfer credit.
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.