Academic Calendar Winter/Summer 2018

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

All applicants must:

  1. Undergo an initial security clearance check and further checks as may be required in individual courses. (Please do not submit until requested.)
  2. Provide a statement from a physician as evidence of good health as may be required in individual courses. (Please do not submit until requested.)
  3. Attend an orientation session during which criminal justice faculty present an overview of the options available and career opportunities in criminal justice. Students will be contacted regarding the orientation process.

Option 1: High school (for students with high school graduation only)

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  2. Prerequisite to or completion of CMNS 125 or ENGL 105 (see Note) and a minimum C+ average on two other Approved Grade 12 courses. Acceptance will be conditional upon proof of having met these entrance requirements. Applicants are encouraged to submit proof as soon as it is available and prior to registering.

    Note: English 12 equivalent courses include English 12 First Peoples, English Literature 12, AP English, and IB English A (standard level or higher level).

Option 2: University entrance (for students who have attended some post-secondary school)

  1. Prerequisite to or completion of CMNS 125 or ENGL 105. Applicants are encouraged to submit proof as soon as it is available and prior to registering.
  2. Applicants must have completed, by the end of the fall semester in the application period, a minimum of nine university-level credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.

Basis for admission decision

There are a limited number of seats available in the Criminology and Criminal Justice diploma program. Acceptance into the Criminology and Criminal Justice diploma program will be determined through a first-come first-serve basis, assuming entrance requirements are met. Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and application fee have been submitted.

Program outline

The Criminal Justice diploma 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.

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

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 Program Advisor. A minimum program and CGPA of 2.0 is required to graduate. For students intending to proceed to the Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree, please note that there is a duplication policy which prevents students with more than five course duplications from graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree.

Candidates who qualify to receive a UFV diploma must be approved by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Senate. Students must apply for graduation by completing the Graduation Request form available at, or from the Office of the Registrar. We recommend this be done in the first month of the final semester. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30 of each year.

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 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.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section of the calendar for further information. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $100 -$150 per course.

Dates and location

The normal university year is from September through April, with between 15 and 18 credits required in each of the fall and winter semesters. Students enrolled in field practice in any semester (normally requiring two full days per week) would normally take 9 credits in addition to the practicum. Occasionally, courses are challenged for credit, making it possible to complete the program more quickly. Mastery of course objectives must be demonstrated in order to successfully challenge a course; contact the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice for further information.

Program requirements

Upon acceptance to the Criminal Justice diploma program and in accordance with the B.C. Government's Criminal Record Review Act, UFV requires all students to complete a criminal record check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. For clarification and more details, please visit the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's website.

To maintain their status as a program student, individuals with more than 15 credits must maintain a program and cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.0.

Practicum regulations

Acceptance into the Criminal Justice diploma program does not guarantee practicum placement.

The prerequisites for placement in CRIM 281 are:

  • CGPA of at least 2.67;
  • CRIM 100, 103, 104, 105, and 265;
  • CRIM 129 with a grade of B- or better;
  • CMNS 125, or ENGL 105 or higher;
  • the ability to pass a criminal record check; and
  • departmental approval.

Students must complete 200 hours of practicum work in CRIM 281.

Criminal Justice diploma students who meet these requirements must complete CRIM 281 for the diploma. Students who do not meet the requirement for CRIM 281 must take six lower-level credits of CRIM electives in place of CRIM 281.

The Career Development Coordinator will work collaboratively with each student to identify practicum sites that respond to individual learning interests and that provide criminal justice learning opportunities.

Practicums are offered throughout the region of the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver, although other placement sites may be considered. Students are responsible for transportation to and from practicum sites. Students are also responsible for maintaining suitable personal appearance.

The Criminal Justice diploma program must approve any agency or institution that provides placements for student practicums, and reserves the right to change any placement assigned to a student. The student has the right to be informed in writing of the reasons for any change in placement. While the program accepts the responsibility to provide a sufficient number of practicum opportunities to serve the needs of all registered students, a student may be required to withdraw from a practicum course if none of the available practicum agencies will accept that particular student.

Undergraduate continuance

Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).

For assistance, please contact

Required to withdraw

Students who have been Required to Withdraw from UFV under the Undergraduate Continuance policy (92) are subject to re-admission and continuance requirements as listed in the UFV academic calendar. Students are normally only readmitted once to the same program.

Re-taking courses

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice does not approve challenge requests from students who are asking to re-take a Criminology/Criminal Justice course. These students must register in, and complete the requirements for a regularly timetabled section of the course.

Auditing courses

Course audits will be governed by the UFV’s Course Audit Policy (108).


A prerequisite is a requirement which must be met before a student enters a course or program. A D grade does not, unless stated otherwise, meet a prerequisite requirement. Students who do not have the stated prerequisite courses may not register in a course having these requirements without the permission of the instructor.

Transfer credit

At least 25% of the course work must be completed at UFV.

Course withdrawal deadlines follow UFV's Course Withdrawal policy (81).

Program outline

Semester I (see Notes)

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
Elective Any 100- or 200-level non-criminology course 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
PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology II (see Note 3) 3
Elective CRIM (see Note 4) 3
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences
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 3
Elective CRIM (see Note 4) 3
Elective Arts (UFV) 200-level or higher (non-criminology) 3
CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing 3
or ENGL 120–170 or higher

Semester IV

Course Title Credits
CRIM 220 Research Methods in Criminology 3
CRIM 230 Criminal Law 3
CRIM 281 Field Work Practicum 6
POSC 110 Canadian Politics 3
Total (to include CRIM 201 and CRIM 202 or 203) 64

Note 1: It is recommended that students planning on completing a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree complete their science requirement in the first two years of the program.

Note 2: Students wanting a Criminal Justice diploma must also complete CRIM 201, and one of CRIM 202 or CRIM 203. CRIM 201 and CRIM 202 cannot be taken concurrently.

Note 3: Students who have successfully completed PSYC 101 prior to acceptance do not need to complete PSYC 102.

Note 4: CRIM electives include: CRIM 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 250, 251, and 252.

Note 5: Students should plan their 100- and 200-level electives to ensure they will have the necessary prerequisites for the required 300- and 400-level non-criminology electives.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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