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Criminology/Criminal Justice
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Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree

A four-year, 124-credit program which provides for advanced study beyond the Criminal Justice diploma program. Specifically, the program prepares students for front-line jobs after two years, but it also provides them with the opportunity beyond that (within an additional two years of study) to acquire a liberal arts orientation and the research skills, knowledge base, and analytical ability necessary for graduate studies and advanced career opportunities in the criminal justice field. This program will be of interest to people already working in the criminal justice field who seek supervisory positions, and to those who ultimately seek careers in the areas of criminal investigation, national security, evaluation research, crime prevention, offender case management (including probation and parole), and criminal law.

Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree with minor or extended minor in another discipline

Students who choose to combine their BA in Criminal Justice with a minor or extended minor in another discipline (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, History, Geography, English) must complete all the requirements of the BA in Criminal Justice and all the discipline requirements of the minor or extended minor. If you are interested in pursuing this option, contact the Arts Advice Centre to discuss your program plan.

Entrance requirements

All applicants must:

1. Be willing to undergo an initial security clearance check and further checks as may be required in individual courses.

2. Be willing to provide a statement from a physician as evidence of good health as may be required in individual courses.

3. Provide the complete names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three people (non-relatives) who will be willing to provide a comprehensive personal reference.

4. Provide a 300- to 500-word statement articulating your personal strengths and weaknesses and interest in criminal justice.

5. Attend an orientation session in April 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. A minimum C+ average in the following: English 12 and two other Approved Grade 12 courses.

3. Prerequisite to or completion of CMNS 125, CMNS 155, or ENGL 105. Acceptance will be conditional upon proof of having met this entrance requirement. Applicants are encouraged to submit proof as soon as it is available and prior to registering.

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

1. Prerequisite to or completion of CMNS 125, CMNS 155, or ENGL 105. Acceptance will be conditional upon proof of having met this entrance requirement. Applicants are encouraged to submit proof as soon as it is available and prior to registering.

2. Applicants must have, by the end of the fall semester in the application period, one of the following:

  • Completion of a minimum of 9 university-level credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all credits attempted; or
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 university-level credits that may be applied to the Criminal Justice program with a program GPA of 2.5 or better on all credits attempted.

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

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. You can apply online or download an application form at ufv.ca/ar/admissions/apply. Application forms are also available from any A&R or Student Services office.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• A 300- to 500- word statement articulating your personal strengths and weaknesses and interest in criminal justice and complete names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three people (non-relatives) who will be willing to provide a comprehensive personal reference.
• Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from every post-secondary institution you have attended showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
• You must attend the orientation or make special arrangements with the program head to be eligible for admission to the program.

2. You will be advised of an admission decision and provided with registration information. A deposit is required when you register (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied toward your tuition fees. Final payment of all course fees are due the end of the second week of classes.

3. In cases where interim transcripts are submitted, an admission decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. Proof of completion of entrance requirements is due the end of the first week in August.

Basis for admission decision

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 the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $100 per course.

Dates and location

Full-time students are advised to register for the fall semester. Since many courses in the diploma and degree programs are sequential, students registering in January may be unable to take preliminary courses until the following September.

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 Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) program, students will be required to complete a criminal record check.

In accordance with the B.C. Government's Criminal Record Review Act, UFV requires all School of Criminology and Criminal Justice 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 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.0. Further, to maintain status as a degree program student, individuals registering for upper-level criminology/criminal justice courses must possess a CGPA of at least 2.5.

Practicum regulations

Acceptance into the BA (Criminal Justice) degree program does not guarantee practicum placement.

The prerequisites for placement in CRIM 281 are:

  • CRIM 100, 103, 104, 105, and 265;
  • one of CMNS 125, 155, or ENGL 105 or higher;
  • the ability to pass a criminal record check is a prerequisite for placements; and
  • departmental approval.

Note: As of September 2013, a CGPA of at least 2.67 and CRIM 129 with a grade of B- or better will also be required.

The prerequisites for placement in CRIM 480 are:

  • CPGA of at least 2.67;
  • CRIM 281, 310, 311, 320, and 335;
  • the ability to pass a criminal record check; and
  • departmental approval.

Students must complete 200 hours of practicum work in each of CRIM 281 and CRIM 480.

Students who meet these requirements must complete CRIM 281 for the diploma, and CRIM 281 and CRIM 480 for the degree. Students who do not meet the requirement for CRIM 281 must take six lower-level credits of CRIM electives in place of CRIM 281. Students who do not meet the requirements for CRIM 480 must take six upper-level credits of CRIM electives in place of CRIM 480. Students who did not qualify for CRIM 281 but subsequently qualify for CRIM 480 must complete CRIM 480.

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 BA (Criminal Justice) degree 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.

Academic Warning

A student who has a program GPA lower than 2.0 will be placed on Academic Warning. A student on Academic Warning may not register in a course overload.

Continuance in program

Students who do not maintain the required cumulative grade point average will be placed on Academic Warning for one semester. If you do not attain the required CGPA, you will be required to withdraw. Students who have been required to withdraw are not normally readmitted to the 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

Students wishing to audit a course in Criminology/Criminal Justice must request permission from the instructor no later than the end of the fourth week of classes. No changes from regular to audit status will be permitted after this date.

Prerequisites

A prerequisite is a requirement which must be met before a student enters a course or program. A P 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. However, students must complete at least 50% of the upper-level Criminology/Criminal Justice credits required for the degree and minor and extended minor at UFV.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

You may be able to obtain credit for prior learning through evaluation of previous studies or learning through experience after you have completed 30 credits in the diploma program. Contact the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice for further information.

Course withdrawal deadlines

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

Graduation

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 degree 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 Admissions and Records office by April 1.

Program outline

Lower-level requirements

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 I 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 3
 or CMNS 155 Introduction to Workplace and Academic Communication  
 or ENGL 105 Academic Writing  

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 3
 or ENGL 120–170 or higher  

Note: Students who have taken (the now discontinued) CRIM 260 course may use it instead of CRIM 265. CRIM 160 (now discontinued) may be used as a general elective.

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   60

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

Upper-level requirements

Note: Students must have a minimum program GPA of 2.0 in order to continue into upper level.

Semester V

Course Title Credits
CRIM 310 Advanced Theoretical Perspectives 3
CRIM 321 Qualitative Research Methods
4
CRIM 330 Criminal Procedure and Evidence 3
STAT 104 Introductory Statistics 4
Elective Arts: Any one of Art History, History, languages, Visual Arts, Film, PHIL 100 or higher, Theatre, or ENGL 120–170 3

Semester VI

Course Title Credits
CRIM 311 Multiculturalism, Conflict, and Social Justice 3
CRIM 320 Research Techniques 4
CRIM 335 Human Rights and Civil Liberties 3
Elective Any 300/400 non-criminology course 3
Elective Any 300/400 non-criminology course 3

Semester VII

Course Title Credits
CRIM 435 Innovations in Canadian Public Safety
3
Elective One of CRIM 400-419 3
BUS 203 Organizational Behaviour (see Note) 3
Elective General: Any university-level course 3
Elective Science: Any Biology, Chemistry, Physics, 100-level or higher, or GEOG 101 or 102 4

Note: The prerequisite for BUS 203 (BUS 100 or 102) will be waived for Criminal Justice degree reserved seats.

Semester VIII

Course Title Credits
CRIM 450 Social Policy Analysis 3
CRIM 480 Field Work Practicum 6
Elective Any 300/400 non-criminology course 3
Elective Any one of CRIM 400–419 3
Total   64
Plus lower-level credits 60
Total program credits 124

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.