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Criminology: Bachelor of Arts Minor


The Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Criminology program provides students with key concepts and issues in social science, criminal justice, and law. Students learn approaches to help understand crime, related social problems, and social responses to crime. The social impact of crime is given a dedicated focus within this field of study. Students will apply these skills and concepts to emerging issues in criminology theory and criminal justice policy.

A minor is subordinate to the major in that the academic minor is a university student's declared secondary field of study during their undergraduate studies. Some students prepare for their intended career with their major while pursuing personal interests with a minor. Other students may pursue a minor to prepare for further academic studies or to provide specific specialization and thus make themselves more attractive to employers.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a minor in Criminology must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation.

Curricular Requirements

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.

Criminology Minor

The following are requirements for the Criminology Minor:

1000 Level

The 1000 courses in criminology provide the foundation for further undergraduate study in criminology. Required 1000-level courses in psychology and sociology introduce students to key concepts and issues that reflect the multidisciplinary subject matter of criminology.

Students are required to take all of the following courses:
  CRIM 1100 Introduction to Criminology 3 credits
  CRIM 1101 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 3 credits
  CRIM 1107 Canadian Legal Systems 3 credits
  PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes 3 credits
  SOCI 1125 Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures 3 credits

2000 Level

2000-level courses build on the multidisciplinary foundations developed in the 1000 level. Students begin to synthesize material from sociology, psychology, law, and criminal justice to understand aspects of criminality and criminalization.

Students are required to take all of the following courses:
  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

Note: Students in the Minor program are not required to complete a 2000-level statistics course as required in the Major. Those specifically interested in upper-division research courses may wish to incorporate a 2000-level statistics course within the Faculty of Arts into their lower-division courses.

Students may elect to take any of the courses listed below as part of their BA degree:
  CRIM 1207 Introduction to Criminal Law 3 credits
  CRIM 2204 Criminal Justice and Psychology 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

Criminology courses at the 3000 and 4000 level build on the foundational skills and knowledge of law, social science theory and research, and criminal justice developed in the 1000 and 2000 levels. Students will apply these skills and concepts to emerging issues in criminological theory, research, and criminal justice policy. These upper-level courses will generally be accessible to students who have completed CRIM 2330, 2331, and 2341. All upper-level criminology courses require 6 credits of English as pre-requisites as of Fall 2013.

Students are required to complete fifteen credits at the 3000 or 4000 level. This must include at least one course from each of the three core areas.  
  1. Theory and Methods
  CRIM 3100 Advanced Theories of Crime and Community 3 credits
  CRIM 3103 Quantitative Data Analysis II 3 credits
  CRIM 3104 Qualitative Research Methods 3 credits
  CRIM 3111 Contemporary Sociological Criminology 3 credits
  CRIM 3113 Critical Criminology 3 credits
  CRIM 4112 Contemporary Psychological Criminology 3 credits
  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
  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

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a Bachelor of Arts program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Criminology.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate 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:

  • 120

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2012

How to Declare:

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Last Updated: 7-Jul-2016

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