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Welcome to the Criminology Department


The Criminology Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers 6 program options for students: Certificate in Criminology, Diploma in Criminology, Associate of Arts Degree in Criminology, Bachelor of Arts in Community Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Criminology Major and a Criminology Minor for those who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Arts with a double minor. Students can also enroll in Criminology courses to fulfill elective requirements for other programs. For information on the program options, please refer to Program Details. For information on courses, please see Criminology Courses.

Fall 2013: New ENGL Prerequisites Required for 3000- and 4000-level Criminology Courses

Students wishing to register in any 3000- and 4000-level Criminology course that begins after September 1, 2013 must have completed 6 credits of English (ENGL) at the 1100 level or higher. For most students, this means you must successfully complete ENGL 1100 plus one other ENGL course (usually ENGL 1202 OR ENGL 1204).

If you have any questions on how these changes might affect scheduling your program requirements, please be sure to speak with an Educational Advisor or Arts Degree Advisor. You can make an appointment to speak with an Educational Advisor by calling 604-599-2000 and then follow the prompts. If you are in the BA degree program and have approximately 45 or more credits, please call 604-599-3068 to make an appointment with one of the Arts Degree Advisors.

Top Ten Reasons to Study Criminology at Kwantlen!

1. Choice In addition to a BA in Community Criminal Justice (CCJ) and a BA in Criminology, our programs also encompass an Honours degree, an Associate of Arts, a Diploma, and a Certificate. This gives you the freedom to choose a program that meets your individual needs.
2. Applied learning Take what you have learned and apply it in the field! Criminology courses like our practicum and research project allow you to apply the skills and knowledge you will develop to real-life situations and problems.
3. Small classes Maximum class sizes of 25 or 35 students give you ample opportunity for classroom discussion and interaction. Other institutions may have classes 2, 3, or even 4 times larger.
4. Undergraduate-centred At Kwantlen, we are primarily an undergraduate institution so our faculty, resources, and student opportunities are focused on undergraduates like you.
5. Teaching-focused Teaching is our focus at Kwantlen. Our classes offer you direct contact with faculty in settings where individualized attention is possible and instructors know their students by name.
6. Experienced faculty With our diverse faculty who are knowledgeable and experienced in a wide range of criminology-related fields, we give you first-hand insight into areas such as policing, law, probation, corrections, restorative justice, conflict resolution, public administration, policy development, and program evaluation.
7. Convenient and accessible With locations in Surrey, Richmond, and Langley, there is probably a campus close to where you live! Getting here is easy too. All our campuses are on bus routes, and affordable parking is available for those who drive.
8. Flexibility We offer criminology courses during the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Classes run throughout the day, and there are night classes and on-line offerings too. All this means more flexibility when it comes to fitting your studies into your busy life.
9. Save $$$$ Kwantlen's tuition fees compare favourably with other post-secondary education institutions, and in some cases offer students nearly 20% in savings.
10. Modern facilities Kwantlen continues to expand to meet the growing needs of our students and faculty. A new library, expanded study spaces, more eclassrooms, and high-tech computer labs make Kwantlen a great place to learn.

For more information, email, call 604-599-3070, or drop by the Criminology Department Centre in Surrey Main 3881 on the Surrey Campus.