Criminology involves the study of crime, criminal behaviour and responses to law-breaking. The principle elements of criminology are social science theory and research methods that explore all aspects of crime and justice issues. The individual and social impact of crime will be a critical component of your research.
Your two-year Criminology diploma is the first step toward criminal justice related employment and/or further studies in criminology. The diploma program consists of 60 credits of university transferable coursework, completed on a full-time basis over two years (four academic semesters). Options for part-time study are also available.
Core 100-level courses include introductory topics in statistics, psychology, sociology, criminology, the criminal justice system and Canadian law and politics, giving you a well-rounded knowledge base. A variety of 200-level topics allow you to advance in your field of work, developing expertise in areas of criminal and deviant behaviour, criminal law, policing, corrections and more.
In addition, you are able to choose four elective courses among a host of university transfer subjects including anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, criminology, economics, English, equity and social justice, fine arts, First Nations studies, French, geography, history, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish and women’s studies.
If you wish to pursue further studies, the Criminology diploma provides 60 credits (two academic years) of transfer credit toward many degrees in BC and beyond, including the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology at VIU and SFU. The diploma also provides an excellent foundation if you wish to pursue university studies in law.
As a graduate, you will possess employable skills in nearly every aspect of the justice system and will be well-prepared for career pathways and entry-level employment in law enforcement, the court systems and corrections.
You will qualify for a range of careers, including occupations in the criminal justice system, with Crown corporations and in the private sector. Career positions may include, but would not be limited to, correctional officer, court reporter, immigration officer, researcher, legal assistant, First Nations band officer, insurance adjuster, youth court worker, probation officer, police officer, crime analyst and much more.