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Criminology Program


Earn a Certificate, Diploma or Associate's Degree

Criminology is the scientific study of crime, criminals and the criminal justice system. Students approach the problems of crime from a variety of perspectives including law, psychology, sociology, social services, political science and history. Each contributes to a greater understanding of crime and it gives us the opportunity to explore several essential questions including:

  • Why do people commit crime?
  • What are the costs of crime?
  • Is our criminal justice system effective?

Recently our Criminology department held a Crime Scene Investigation event at our Terrace Campus. View our event photos >

Program Outline 
  1.  Certificate Option
  2.  Criminology Diploma Option
  3.  Associate of Arts – Criminology Specialization Option

University Transfer Agreements

Start here, finish anywhere!

Graduates are able to move onto University Degree completion at a number of institutions.  The majority of courses within the program transfer directly to colleges and universities in British Columbia.  The BC Transfer Guide is the main resource to look up the transfer of courses between institutions within the province.

The Criminology program also has a number of specific transfer agreements with institutions including BCIT and Royal Roads University that facilitate a seamless transfer between programs.  In addition, more general agreements exist for degree completion within Canada and internationally.  Check out the Degree Partnership page for details and contact an Educational Advisor to help plan your program. 

Career Opportunities 

A wide variety of career opportunities exist for those with credentials in criminology. These include:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Corrections Officer
  • Park Warden/Ranger
  • Parking/Bylaw Enforcement Officer
  • Private Investigation
  • Coroner
  • Probation Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Intelligence Gathering (e.g. CSIS)
  • Counselling (e.g. residential treatment facilities)
  • Youth Worker
  • Security Officer
  • Victim Services Career Profiles

Career Profiles