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‌Why study criminology?

Criminal Justice/Criminology is an exciting and diverse field that offers a variety of challenging career avenues and opportunities for specialized research and study. The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a Master of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree (two years), a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree (four years) and a Criminal Justice diploma.

Important Dates and Information

  • Apply online for the Master of Arts (Criminal Justice) for a September 2016 start, as we are now accepting applications.
  • Applications are open for the Fall 2016 intake for the Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree and Criminal Justice diploma.
  • View the Criminal Justice Student Handbook.
  • Interested in completing an Honours in Criminal Justice — fill out the application form.
  • UFV study looks into impacts on children when parents are jailed, click here for the article
  • Alumni Expert Speaker Series

    Careers in Policing for Women and the Fight for Gender Equality in the RCMP

    According to Stats Canada, women comprised 20 percent of all police officers in Canada across all positions and ranks in 2013. Research suggests that a complex range of factors contribute to women’s low levels of participation: recruitment and retention practices, family and work-life balance issues, and gender-based harassment and violence within policing organizations.

    Join faculty hosts Dr. Irwin Cohen and Dr. Amy Prevost and guest panelists at an evening to bring together alumni, faculty and students to share their experiences and learn from one another about careers in policing for women and the fight for gender equality in the RCMP.

    Thurs, Nov 19
    5:30pm to 7:00 pm
    Student Union Building, Great Hall (Middle), Abbotsford campus

  • UFV to host community forum on refugee crisis
    We’ve all seen the images. Refugees fleeing their homes with only what they can carry, crossing the ocean on crowded vessels, and walking urban highways looking for a safe haven. Children and old people struggling to keep up, and in some tragic cases, falling by the wayside.

    The current plight of Syrian refugees has gripped the world’s attention. People don’t become refugees for no reason. They are seeking the world’s help because their home is no longer safe.

    The University of the Fraser Valley is hosting a forum on the current global refugee situation titled Caring about Crisis: What we can learn from the Global Refugee Crisis?  Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend this outreach forum. It will take place from 11:30 am to 1 pm on Tues, Oct 27 in the Great Hall of the Student Union Building on the Abbotsford campus.

    “This engaging and interactive panel style discussion will examine how we should collectively tackle this crisis,” notes moderator Fiona MacDonald, an assistant professor in the UFV Political Science department. “Who is, or should be, responsible for responding to this complex and urgent situation? What are the roles of state governments, media, non-governmental organizations, and individual citizens around the world?”

    The forum panel will include MacDonald as chair and UFV representatives from different disciplines including Tamara O’Doherty (Criminology), Steven Schroeder (Peace and Conflict Studies), Hayli Millar (Criminology), Hamish Telford (Political Science), Cherie Enns (Global Development Studies), Edward Akuffo (Political Science), Robert Harding (Social Work), and Nicola Mooney (Social Cultural and Media Studies). It will also include Dardana Sushka of Abbotsford Community Services and Sonja Klotz of Oxfam UFV.


    Laura Crawford                                                                                                
    Department Assistant, Political Science UFV                                       

    Fiona MacDonald
    Faculty member, Political Science UFV
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Student Research Day

Congratulations to our students who presented in both the Microlecture Serires and the Poster Presentations.

Award Recipients

Provost & Vice-President Academic
Sukhvinder Mangat
The Rise and Fall of Crime in Abbotsford: A Case Study
Faculty Supervisor: Irwin Cohen, PhD

Dean, College of Arts
Sean Plecas, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Tertiary Crime Prevention Rehabilitation of Children and Youth in Ethiopia
Faculty Supervisor: Yvon Dandurand, MA

Congrats to our award recipient








Rachel Wollenberg was our 2014 Undergraduate Research Excellence
Award recipient. Rachel is pictured with Yvon Dandurand and Dr. Amy Prevost.
Congrats Rachel!

Faculty Research 


This collaborative research project critically assesses the state of Canadian anti-trafficking legal efforts in the more than ten years after ratifying the UN Trafficking (Palermo) Protocol. Using mixed methods of legislative and case analysis, interviews with criminal justice practitioners, and focus groups with an im/migrant sex worker support organization, we gathered empirical information on the Criminal Justice System’s (CJS) use of anti-trafficking legislation and contrasted the findings against the experiences of one of the groups that has been identified as vulnerable to human trafficking: migrant sex workers living in BC. In partnership with SWAN Vancouver Society, a local non-profit organization engaging in community-based activities to address issues related to sex work, prostitution, and the sexual exploitation of women in im/migrant communities, we demonstrate collaborative research designed to advance migrant workers’ access to justice and facilitate the transmission of knowledge about migrant workers’ needs in relation to the justice system to CJS personnel. In this first report, we share our key preliminary findings and recommendations, including the vital need to increase the presence and awareness of migrant sex workers’ needs, realities and perspectives in the dominant discourse on human trafficking in the Canadian context and to contest a single, highly gendered, racialized and inadvertently harmful narrative that conflates sex work with human trafficking.

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