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Criminology: Diploma


The Diploma in Criminology contains a core of method and theory courses that provides a foundation for more advanced study of crime and social responses to crime. Electives reflect the multidisciplinary nature of criminology. The required courses and electives afford students of criminology an opportunity to develop abstract logical thinking and critical understanding of the issues, arguments, and debates that shape the discipline's character and aims.

Admission Requirements

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

Curricular Requirements

Students are required to complete 60 credits at the 1000 and 2000 level, according to the following program requirements:

GROUP A (all courses required)
  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 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
GROUP B (all courses required)
  PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes 3 credits
  PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications 3 credits
  SOCI 1125 Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures 3 credits
GROUP C (one of the following is required)
  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
GROUP D (one of the following is required)
  ANTH 1100 Social & Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
  CRIM 2211 Introduction to Policing 3 credits
  CRIM 2214 Corrections: Theory and Practice 3 credits
  ECON 1101 Foundations of Economics 3 credits
  ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing 3 credits
  HIST 1113 Cultures in Collision: Canada to 1867 3 credits
  HIST 1114 Forged in Fire: Canada since 1867 3 credits
  HIST 1121 From Total War and Genocide to Coexistence: Europe since 1939 3 credits
  POLI 1120 Canadian Government and Politics 3 credits
  POLI 1125 Introduction to Political Science 3 credits
GROUP E (two of the following are required)
  ANTH 1217 Forensic Anthropology 3 credits
  ANTH 2140 First Nations Cultures of BC 3 credits
  CPSC 1100 Introduction to Computer Literacy 3 credits
  CPSC 1103 Principles of Program Structure and Design I 3 credits
  PSYC 2315 Brain and Behaviour 3 credits
  PSYC 2320 Developmental Psychology: Childhood 3 credits
  PSYC 2321 Developmental Psychology: Adolescence 3 credits
  ENGL Any course in ENGL numbered 1200 or higher 3 credits
  FREN Any course in FREN numbered 1100 or higher 3 credits
  SOCI Any course in SOCI numbered 1200 or higher 3 credits
  Any course in the Faculty of Science & Horticulture numbered 1100 or higher 3 credits
GROUP F (any four of the following are required)
  ANTH 1200 Biological Anthropology 3 credits
  ANTH 2142 First Nations Cultures of Canada 3 credits
  CRIM 2204 Criminal Justice and Psychology 3 credits
  CRIM 2205 Crime, Criminal Justice, and the Media 3 credits
  CRIM 2249 Youth Justice 3 credits
  CRIM 2355 Police Deviance and Accountability 3 credits
  HIST 2119 Europe 1789 to 1914 3 credits
  POLI 1110 Ideology and Politics 3 credits
  PSYC 2330 Social Psychology 3 credits
  PSYC 2350 Psychopathology 3 credits
  PSYC 2370 Psychology of Personality 3 credits
  PSYC 2400 Experimental Psychology: Research Methodology 3 credits
  SOCI Any course in SOCI numbered 2300 or higher 3 credits

Other Information

Students planning to apply to the Bachelor of Arts in Community Criminal Justice or the Bachelor of Arts, Criminology Major or Minor at KPU should meet with an Educational Advisor to discuss elective courses that meet admission requirements. Students planning to transfer to another institution are responsible for ensuring that their courses are transferable and meet the institution's program requirements.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Diploma in Criminology.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Diploma

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: 13-Dec-2018

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