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Criminology

  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Options 
    Major, Minor
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

Hone your critical thinking, legal analysis, project management, communication, conflict mediation, research and analysis skills with VIU’s Criminology program. Criminology is an exciting, dynamic field of study that looks at the social and psychological factors that contribute to criminally deviant behaviour and its consequences. Students interested in current events, psychology and social justice will find their stride with our degree in Criminology. Criminology studies grads are attracted to a range of careers in the criminal justice system, with Crown corporations and in the private sector, such as bailiff, correctional officer, court reporter, criminal investigator, legal assistant, parole officer, police officer, research, victim services specialist, and many more. Check out the careers page on the Criminology program website for more options. In fourth year, Criminology Majors have the option of either conducting an applied research project or participating in a field placement.

The Degree in Criminology Program

Criminology - Program requirements prior to September 2015

Criminology is an interdisciplinary science that focuses on law and its interpretation by the courts, patterns in crime, the explanation of deviant and criminal behaviour, and society’s reaction to law-breaking. The program introduces students to criminal law, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and case-law decisions made by the courts. Students will examine in separate courses the three main components of the criminal justice system—police, courts and corrections—that form an organized response to crime. The program addresses the trends and correlates of crime, including the influences of age, ethnicity, gender, and social class. The major explanations for crime try to account for these patterns by looking at historical, individual and social causes. The criminological focus is broadened with courses from other disciplines in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

The program aims to provide students with conceptual, critical and applied skills to work in fields where a legal/justice focus is beneficial. The curriculum emphasizes development of professional and applied skills though training in professional ethics, conflict mediation, use of information technology for researching relevant topics, writing, presenting data, and working in small groups on specific tasks. In fourth year, Criminology Majors have the option of either conducting an applied research project or participating in a field placement.

Although the core of the curriculum is centered on justice-related issues, students will find the degree program applies equally to areas in the private sector where research competence, project management, legal analysis and communication skills are essential.

Students interested in pursuing a B.A. with a Major in Criminology will be required to submit an application to enter the third year of the degree. Students who have completed a Diploma in Criminology or the equivalent, or who have completed the statistics and research methods requirements and are within six credits of completing their diploma, may apply for admission. Students who successfully complete the first two years of the diploma program with a minimum program cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 may apply to receive a diploma. Admission to the Major in Criminology is competitive and based on GPA in the Diploma.

A Minor will interest students wishing to include a criminological aspect to their declared Major or other declared Minor. The lower level requirements will provide students with a foundation in several key areas of the discipline including criminological theory, Canadian law, the Canadian criminal justice system, and criminological research. Access to all of the upper level criminology courses, with the exception of the Field Placement courses (CRIM 474 and CRIM 475), will allow students to concentrate their studies in a particular area of interest (e.g. law) or gain exposure to a wide range of topics related to the discipline. Students who successfully complete the requirements for a Minor in Criminology with a minimum program cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 will receive a Minor.

Program Outline

Requirements for a Major

Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including Degree English Requirements and courses listed below:

Program Outline

Year 1

Credits

CRIM 101 - (Intro to Criminology) or
three credits from INTR 102 (Intro to Criminology and Sociology)

3

CRIM 103 - (Psycho-social Explanations of Criminality) or three credits from
INTR 104 - (Criminological Theory and the Lived Experience) or
PSYC 103 - (Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour)

3

CRIM 131 - (Intro to the Criminal Justice System)

3

CRIM 135 - (Intro to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: a Criminal Justice Perspective)

3

Select at least one course from the following list:

PHIL 100 - (Rhetoric and Reasoning)

PHIL 111 - (Intro to Philosophy: Theory of Knowledge)

PHIL 112 - (Intro to Philosophy: Ethics)

3

PSYC 111 - (Contemporary Psychology I)

3

PSYC 112 - (Contemporary Psychology II)

3

SOCI 111 - (Intro to Sociology) or
three credits from INTR 102 -  (Intro to Criminology and Sociology)

3

Degree English Requirements*

6

Total Credits

30

* Students who achieve a grade of “B+” or better in one of ENGL 115125, or 135 do not have to take additional English credits; an elective should be taken in its place.

Year 2

Credits

CRIM 204 - (Deviance, Crime and Social Control)

3

Select one of the following Research Methods courses:
CRIM 220
 - (Research Methods in Criminology) or,
SOCI 250 - (Introduction to Social Research) or,
PSYC 204 - (Research Methods) or,
SSID 250 - (Introduction to Social Research)

3

CRIM 230 - (Criminal Law)

3

Select at least one course from the following list:

CRIM 200 - (Aboriginal Issues in the Canadian Criminal Justice System)

CRIM 210 - (Law, Youth and Young Offenders)

CRIM 213 - (Gender, Crime and Justice)

CRIM 241 - (Intro to Corrections)

CRIM 251 - (Intro to Policing)

CRIM 290 - (Alternative Conflict Resolution in Criminal Justice Systems)

CRIM 299 - (Current Topics in Criminology)

3

Select one of the following statistics courses:
MATH 161 - (Intro to Statistics for Social Sciences) or,
MATH 181 - (Introduction to Statistics) or,
MATH 211 - (Statistics I)
QUME 232 - (Business Statistics I)

3

POLI 151 - (Law and Politics in Canada)

3

Four electives chosen from any 100/200/300/400-level courses

12

Total Credits

30

Note: A total of 60 credits is required for the Criminology Diploma.

Note for Year 3 and 4 students: Criminology Majors must take all upper-level Criminology courses and PHIL 465 in the semesters in which they are offered. 300-level CRIM courses should normally be completed in Year 3 and 400-level CRIM courses should normally be completed in Year 4. All third year CRIM courses, CRIM 474, and PHIL 465 must be completed by Criminology Majors prior to taking CRIM 475. Six of the twenty-four elective credits must be chosen from 300/400 level courses.

Year 3

Credits

CRIM 321 - (Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Policy)

3

CRIM 330 - (Advanced Topics in Criminal Law and Procedure)

3

CRIM 334 - (Law and Society)

3

CRIM 350 - (Qualitative Research Methods) or,
SOCI 350 - (Qualitative Research) or,
SSID 350 - (Qualitative Research) or,
PSYC 304 - (Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology)

3

CRIM 351 - (Quantitative Research Methods) or,
SOCI 351 - (Quantitative Research and Analysis)

3

CRIM 360 - (Advanced Criminological Theory)

3

Twelve credits of electives, with a minimum of six overall elective credits chosen from 300/400 level courses.  Suggested electives include:
HIST 231* - (First Nations People in Canadian History since 1867)
MEDI 200* - (Media, Audience and Society) 
PSYC 430* - (Abnormal Psychology)
SOCI 212* - (Race and Ethnicity in the Modern World)
SOCI 320* - (Families in Today's World)

12

Total Credits

30

* These courses are recommended electives for Criminology Majors, however students may substitute other electives.

Year 4

Credits

CRIM 400 - (Law and Human Rights)

3

CRIM 474 - (Field Placement Preparation)

1

CRIM 475* - (Applied Research/Field Placement)

5

PHIL 465 - (Applied Ethics in the Justice System)

3

Select six credits from the following list:
CRIM 440 - (Alternate Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills)
CRIM 450 - (Criminal Justice Systems: An International Perspective) 
CRIM 470 - (Dynamics of Terrorism)
CRIM 480 - (Organizational Crime: A Global Perspective) 
CRIM 499 - (Selected Topics in Criminology) 

6

Twelve credits of electives, with a minimum of six overall elective credits chosen from 300/400 level courses.  Suggested electives include:
ANTH 430** - (Forensic Anthropology)
PSYC 403** - (Forensic Psychology)
RELI 112** - (World Religions: The Western Traditions)

12

Total Credits

30

* Criminology Majors taking CRIM 475 must schedule their classes to allow two free weekdays for working in an agency field placement.

** These courses are recommended electives for Criminology Majors, however students may substitute other electives.

Requirements for a Minor

Students must fulfill all the Institutional B. A. degree requirements, including Degree English Requirements and courses listed below:

Years 1 and 2

Credits

CRIM 101 - (Intro to Criminology) or,
three credits from INTR 102 (Intro to Criminology and Sociology)

3

CRIM 131 - (Intro to the Criminal Justice System)

3

CRIM 135 - (Intro to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: A Criminal Justice Perspective)

3

CRIM 220 - (Research Methods in Criminology) or,
SOCI 250 - (Introduction to Social Research) or, 
PSYC 204 - (Research Methods) or,
SSID 250 - (Introduction to Social Research)

3

Years 3 and 4

Credits

Additional eighteen credits of CRIM courses numbered 300 and above with the exception of CRIM 474 and CRIM 475, which are reserved for CRIM Majors only.

18

Completion Requirements

To receive a Bachelor of Arts, Major or Minor in Criminology, students must successfully complete the degree program with a minimum program cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00. Additionally, students in the Major in Criminology must receive credit for CRIM 475.

Updated 
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Admission Requirements

For admission to first year university courses, see General Admission requirements.

Admission to Criminology Major – Year 3

  • VIU’s two-year Criminology Diploma program or equivalent.
  • Students in the second year of the Diploma in Criminology program may apply, conditional on successful completion of the required courses by May 15.
  • Students who have successfully completed the statistics and research methods requirements may apply if they will be within six credits of completing their diploma by May 15 conditional on successful completion of the remaining required diploma courses by May 10 of the following year.
  • Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.

Notes on Admission – Criminology Major

  • Aboriginal students can apply for reserve seats by submitting the Access Initiative for Aboriginal Students form.
  • Applicants will be prioritized by overall Grade Point Average. A wait list will be created, if required.
  • Applicants with completed Criminology Diplomas will be given priority consideration.
  • Criminology Majors taking CRIM 475 must schedule their classes to allow two free weekdays for working in an agency field placement or conducting applied research.

Start Date and Application Deadline

The program starts in September. Applications will be accepted from October 3 to March 31, however, applicants are encouraged to apply by the early consideration deadline of January 31. The program may fill quickly and early applicants will be given priority. Admission is limited and applicants who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be offered admission to the program. For further information regarding application deadlines and program contacts check the Program Availability List.

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $147.76 per credit)

4,432.80

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

177.31

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.53 per credit)

195.90

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

6,736.45

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $7620 per semester)

15,240.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $374.4 per semester)

748.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

17,919.24

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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