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Criminology: Associate of Arts Degree


While obtaining the benefits of study across several disciplines, students in this program concentrate on theories of crime, law, and the administration of justice in Canada. Students are immersed in a multidisciplinary approach to understanding crime in context, how different communities respond to crime in Canada, crime statistics, and different methods that can be used in researching crime and social control.

Admission Requirements

The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.

Curricular Requirements

Within the framework of the Associate of Arts degree, students are required to complete at least 60 credits, with a minimum of C in each course, and include the following courses.

All of:
  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 1208 Methods of Research in Criminology 3 credits
  CRIM 1215 Interpersonal and Professional Development in Criminology 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
All of:
  SOCI 1125 Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures 3 credits
  ANTH 1217 Forensic Anthropology (or another lab science) 3 credits
Any 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
Any one of:
  A course in the Humanities (as defined by the Associate of Arts degree framework) 3 credits
And one of:
  PSYC 1100* Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes 3 credits
  PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications 3 credits
Any one of:
  CPSC 1100 Introduction to Computer Literacy 3 credits
  CPSC 1103 Introduction to Computer Programming I 3 credits
Any two of †:
  CRIM 1207 Introduction to Criminal Law 3 credits
  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
  Three credits in second year arts, science, or other areas‡ 3 credits

* Students planning to complete the Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology should complete PSYC 1100 because it is required for the degree program.

† At least three credits must be from either CRIM 1207, CRIM 2211, or CRIM 2214.

‡ If you selected ANTH 1217 as your lab science, this elective can be from chosen from the first or second year level. If you selected any lab science other than ANTH 1217, the elective must be in an Arts discipline other than Criminology at the second year level, and must be university transferable.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive an Associate of Arts degree in Criminology.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Associate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley
  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 60

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2011

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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