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VIU International, Canada


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September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,572

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  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma

Students interested in the diploma must apply to the Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology. Prior to completion of their first year, students must indicate their interest in exiting with their Criminology Diploma. 

Criminology is an interdisciplinary science that focuses on law and its interpretation by the courts, patterns in crime, explanations for 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 examine the three main components of the criminal justice system—police, courts, and corrections. Students explore the trends and correlates of crime, including the influences of age, ethnicity, gender, and social class and how. Major explanations for crime account for these patterns by looking at historical, individual and social causes. The criminological focus is broadened with courses from other disciplines within the Social Sciences and Humanities.

The program provides students with conceptual, critical, and applied skills to work in fields where a legal/justice focus is beneficial. The curriculum emphasizes the development of professional and applied skills including professional ethics, conflict mediation, use of information technology for research, writing, presenting, and working in small groups. Although the core of the curriculum is centred on justice-related issues, students will find the program applies equally to areas in the private sector where research competence, project management, legal analysis, and communication skills are essential.

Students who successfully complete the first two years of the program with a minimum program cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 may apply to receive a Diploma.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023
  • General admission requirements apply.
  • English 12 with minimum “C” or equivalent.
  • One of Principles of Mathematics 11, Applications of Mathematics 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 11 with minimum “C”, or equivalent.

Year 1

  • Intro to Criminology or three credits from INTR 102 Intro to Criminology and Sociology
  • Psycho-social Explanations of Criminality or three credits from
  • Criminological Theory and the Lived Experience 
  • Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
  • Intro to the Criminal Justice System
  • Intro to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: a Criminal Justice Perspective

Select at least one course from the following list:

  • Rhetoric and Reasoning
  • Intro to Philosophy: Theory of Knowledge
  • Intro to Philosophy: Ethics
  • Contemporary Psychology I
  • Contemporary Psychology II
  • Intro to Sociology or three credits from INTR 102 Intro to Criminology and Sociology
  • Degree English Requirements
  • Deviance, Crime and Social Control

Select one of the following Research Methods courses:

  • Research Methods in Criminology
  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Research Methods
  • Criminal Law

Select at least one course from the following list:

  • Aboriginal Issues in the Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • Law, Youth and Young Offenders
  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Intro to Corrections
  • Intro to Policing
  • Alternative Conflict Resolution in Criminal Justice Systems
  • Current Topics in Criminology

Select one of the following statistics courses:

  • Intro to Statistics for Social Sciences or, Introduction to Statistics or, Statistics I
  • Business Statistics I
  • Law and Politics in Canada
  • Four electives chosen from any 100/200/300/400-level courses
  • Fees for One Year* Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00 
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16 
  • Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90 
  • VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year 1,330.00 
  • Total 6,872.26

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