Criminology: Bachelor of Arts Major and Honours
The Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology program provides students with a broad, liberal education in social science, criminal justice, and law. Students learn scientific research methods, legal, philosophical and theoretical approaches to aid in understanding crime and related social problems, and social responses to crime. The BA degree program builds on the central core of method and theory and affords students opportunities to hone abstract, logical thinking, and critical understanding of the issues, arguments, and debates that shape the discipline's character and aims.
Contemporary criminology courses developed especially for this degree expose students to cutting-edge theory and research. This program integrates opportunities to engage in undergraduate research, service learning, and practicum placements that provide students with highly transferable and marketable knowledge and skills.
Students who graduate with a BA degree may apply to law school or pursue a graduate degree in criminology or other disciplines. Those who are interested in applying to graduate school, or who prefer a more extensive research experience, are encouraged to undertake a structured program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Major in Criminology.
Note: See the Bachelor of Arts in Community Criminal Justice for information on an alternate program.
Students pursuing a major in Criminology must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.
Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:
- In good academic standing with the University
- Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:
- 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
- 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.
|CRIM 1100||Introduction to Criminology||3 credits|
|CRIM 1101||Introduction to the Criminal Justice System||3 credits|
|CRIM 1107||Canadian Legal Systems||3 credits|
|CRIM 1207||Introduction to Criminal Law||3 credits|
|CRIM 1208||Methods of Research in Criminology||3 credits|
|CRIM 1215||Interpersonal and Professional Development in Criminology||3 credits|
|PSYC 1100||Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes||3 credits|
|SOCI 1125||Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures||3 credits|
Plus one of:
|PHIL 1100||Introduction to Philosophy||3 credits|
|PHIL 1110||Confronting Moral Issues: Introduction to Ethics||3 credits|
|PHIL 1145||Critical Thinking||3 credits|
|PHIL 1150||Introduction to Formal Logic||3 credits|
|CRIM 2103||Quantitative Data Analysis I||3 credits|
|CRIM 2330||Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour||3 credits|
|CRIM 2331||Sociological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour||3 credits|
|CRIM 2341||Canadian Criminal Justice Administration||3 credits|
Plus one of:
|CRIM 2204||Criminal Justice and Psychology||3 credits|
|CRIM 2205||Crime, Criminal Justice, and the Media||3 credits|
|CRIM 2211||Introduction to Policing||3 credits|
|CRIM 2214||Corrections: Theory and Practice||3 credits|
|CRIM 2249||Youth Justice||3 credits|
3000 and 4000 Level
Students will complete 30 credits in upper-level CRIM courses. All upper-level criminology courses require 6 credits of English as pre-requisites as of Fall 2013.
|CRIM 3103||Quantitative Data Analysis II||3 credits|
|CRIM 3104||Qualitative Research Methods||3 credits|
Students must complete at least TWO courses drawn from Group 1 below.
|Group 1. Theory and Methods:|
|CRIM 3100||Advanced Theories of Crime and Community||3 credits|
|CRIM 3111||Contemporary Sociological Criminology||3 credits|
|CRIM 3113||Critical Criminology||3 credits|
|CRIM 4112||Contemporary Psychological Criminology||3 credits|
Students must complete at least ONE course from each of groups 2 and 3.
|Group 2. Criminal Justice:|
|CRIM 3118||White-Collar and Corporate Crime||3 credits|
|CRIM 3213||Community Corrections||3 credits|
|CRIM 3249||Issues in Youth Justice||3 credits|
|CRIM 4201||Community Safety and Crime Prevention||3 credits|
|CRIM 4235||Minorities and the Criminal Justice System||3 credits|
|CRIM 4410||Policy and Program Evaluation||3 credits|
|Group 3. Law, Advocacy, and Conflict Resolution:|
|CRIM 3302||Procedure and Evidence||3 credits|
|CRIM 3305||Law and Society||3 credits|
|CRIM 3307||Issues in Conflict Resolution||3 credits|
|CRIM 3351||Philosophy of Law||3 credits|
|CRIM 4300||Administrative and Regulatory Law||3 credits|
|CRIM 4301||Community Advocacy and Human Rights||3 credits|
Plus 15 additional credits of any CRIM courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.
In addition to the 120 credits required for the Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology, students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Criminology degree must complete the following additional 12 credits:
|CRIM 5000||Honours Thesis I||3 credits|
|CRIM 5010||Honours Seminar||3 credits|
|CRIM 5020||Honours Thesis II||6 credits|
Enrolment in Criminology Honours courses requires the permission of the Criminology Honours committee. In order to be considered for Honours courses, students normally must:
- have completed 90 credits or more at the time of application;
- achieve a CGPA of 3.5; and
- have completed CRIM 3104 and CRIM 4410.
Please see kpu.ca/arts/criminology for further information regarding application deadlines and selection criteria.
Students may receive either the Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology degree or the Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Criminology degree, but not both.
The Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology is offered with a Co-operative Education option. Co-operative Education gives a student the opportunity to apply the skills gained during academic study in paid, practical work experience semesters. Degree students in the Co-op option are expected to complete a minimum of three work terms while completing their degree. Work terms generally occur full-time in separate 4 month work semesters but may also be available part-time over an 8 month continuous (parallel) placement. Work semesters alternate with academic study.
Students wishing to enter and participate in the Co-op Option must meet the following requirements:
- Declaration into the BA in Criminology
- Minimum GPA of 2.7
Program Continuance Requirements:
- Completion of COOP 1101 prior to 75 programs credits
- Minimum program GPA of 2.7
- Instructor permission
The Co-operative Education designation requires successful completion of the following courses:
|COOP 1101||Job Search Techniques||1 credit|
And all of:
|COOP 1150*||Co-op Work Semester 1||9 credits|
|COOP 2150*||Co-op Work Semester 2||9 credits|
|COOP 3150*||Co-op Work Semester 3||9 credits|
|COOP 4150*||Co-op Work Semester 4||9 credits|
* Part-time (parallel) work terms may be taken over two semesters as COOP 1150A/1150B, COOP 2150A/2150B, COOP 3150A/3150B, or COOP 4150A/4150B respectively.
In addition to the requirements stated above, all Co-op students must satisfy the General Co-operative Education Requirements.
Upon successful completion of the honours program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Transcripts will indicate a Major in Criminology.
Upon successful completion of the major program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts. Transcripts will indicate a Major in Criminology.
Upon successful completion of the Co-operative Education Option in the major program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts (Co-operative Education Option). Transcripts will indicate a Major in Criminology.
At a Glance
Faculty of Arts
- Baccalaureate Degree
- Open intake
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