UFV Academic Calendar 2013/14

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Criminology/Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice diploma

A two-year, 64-credit program designed to prepare students for front-line/entry-level jobs in the criminal justice field. The program consists of a combination of theoretical and skill development courses, and will be of interest to people who wish to become (for example) police officers, correctional officers, youth workers, immigration officers, bylaw enforcement officers, customs inspectors, community service order officers, and sheriff’s officers.

Entrance requirements

Entrance to this program is through the Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree. Students in the degree can apply for the Criminal Justice diploma once they have completed the necessary coursework.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider the Criminal Justice Studies program path.

Program outline

The Criminal Justice diploma credential is available to students who have completed the first two years of the BA (Criminal Justice) degree.

Students wanting a diploma must also complete CRIM 201, and one of CRIM 202 or CRIM 203.

Students should check with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice program advisor for complete details.


It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met This should be done by regular consultation with a Criminal Justice Advisor. A minimum program GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate.

Candidates who qualify to receive a UFV diploma must be approved by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Senate. Students must submit a Request for Graduation form to the UFV Office of the Registrar by April 1.

BCIT Forensic Investigation transfer option

This option of the Criminal Justice diploma is designed primarily for students who wish to transfer directly into the third year of the Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation at BCIT, following completion of their UFV diploma. Students taking this option must choose one of three paths (Economic Crime Studies, Forensic Science Studies, or Computer Crime Studies), each of which provides the prerequisites for a path of study at the upper-level with the BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation transfer option.

Students can also ladder directly into the third year of the Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) program. Students considering this option are reminded that they can also enter directly into the third year of the Bachelor Technology in Forensic Investigation with either an Associate of Science degree or Computing Information Systems diploma from UFV.

Students interested in this transfer option can obtain details from the department.

Program outline

Semester I

Course Title Credits
CRIM 100 Introduction to Criminology 3
CRIM 103 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 3
CRIM 129 Academic and Professional Development 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology 3

Semester II

Course Title Credits
CRIM 104 Sociological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour 3
CRIM 105 Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour 3
Elective General any 100/200-level non-criminology course 3
Elective CRIM 3
CMNS 125 Introduction to Workplace Communication  
 or CMNS 155 Introduction to Workplace and Academic Communication  
 or ENGL 105 Academic Writing 3

Semester III

Course Title Credits
CRIM 240 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3
 or CRIM 251 Law Enforcement in Canada  
 or CRIM 252 Corrections in Canada  
CRIM 265 Problem Management Skills for Criminal Justice Interventions (see Note) 3
Elective CRIM 3
Elective Arts (UFV) 200-level or higher (non-criminology) 3
CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing  
 or ENGL 120–170 or higher 3

Note: Students who have taken (the now discontinued) CRIM 260 course may use it for this requirement. CRIM 160 (now discontinued) may be used as a general elective.

Semester IV

Course Title Credits
CRIM 202 Physical Fitness Training II (see Note) 2
 or CRIM 203 Peace Officer Use of Force 2
CRIM 220 Research Methods in Criminology 3
CRIM 230 Criminal Law 3
CRIM 281 Field Work Practicum 6
POSC 110 Canadian Politics 3
Total   64

Note: CRIM 201 and CRIM 202 cannot be taken concurrently.

CRIM electives include: CRIM 109, 130, 135, CRIM 251 (formerly CRIM 151), 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 250, 252, 270.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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