Career possibilities: Your education in criminology opens doors to many positions in government, corrections and legal administration. It also provides pathways to a wide range of occupations such as correctional officer, court reporter, immigration officer, researcher, legal assistant, First Nations band officer, insurance adjuster, youth court worker, probation officer, police officer, crime analyst and more.
Criminology involves the study of crime, criminal behaviour and responses to law-breaking. The principle elements of criminology are social science theory and research methods that explore all aspects of crime and justice issues. The individual and social impact of crime will be a critical component of your research.
Your two-year Criminology diploma is the first step toward criminal justice related employment and/or further studies in criminology. The diploma program consists of 60 credits of university transferable coursework, completed on a full-time basis over two years (four academic semesters). Options for part-time study are also available.
Core 100-level courses include introductory topics in statistics, psychology, sociology, criminology, the criminal justice system and Canadian law and politics, giving you a well-rounded knowledge base. A variety of 200-level topics allow you to advance in your field of work, developing expertise in areas of criminal and deviant behaviour, criminal law, policing, corrections and more.
In addition, you are able to choose four elective courses among a host of university transfer subjects including anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, criminology, economics, English, equity and social justice, fine arts, First Nations studies, French, geography, history, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish and women’s studies.
If you wish to pursue further studies, the Criminology diploma provides 60 credits (two academic years) of transfer credit toward many degrees in BC and beyond, including the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology at VIU and SFU. The diploma also provides an excellent foundation if you wish to pursue university studies in law.
As a graduate, you will possess employable skills in nearly every aspect of the justice system and will be well-prepared for career pathways and entry-level employment in law enforcement, the court systems and corrections.
You will qualify for a range of careers, including occupations in the criminal justice system, with Crown corporations and in the private sector. Career positions may include, but would not be limited to, correctional officer, court reporter, immigration officer, researcher, legal assistant, First Nations band officer, insurance adjuster, youth court worker, probation officer, police officer, crime analyst and much more.
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CRM-101 Introduction to Criminology
CRM-131 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CRM-135 Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
CRM-230 Criminal Law
POL-151 Law and Politics
PSY-130 Introductory Psychology I
PSY-131 Introductory Psychology II
PSY-260 Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology I
SOC-230 Sociological Explanations of Crime and Deviance
CRM-241 Introduction to Corrections
CRM-251 Introduction to Policing
HIS-260 Historical Reactions to Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
PHI-100 Introductory Philosophy I: Knowledge and Reality
PHI-150 Critical Thinking
12 credits (4 courses) electives chosen from any 100- or 200-level university transfer courses
Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
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