A four-year, 121- or 122-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.
All applicants must:
Note: Students may also present English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, AP English, IB English A (standard level or higher level), or out-of-province equivalent.
Admission to the BA (Criminal Justice) is on a competitive basis. The following are the minimum requirements for consideration of entry into the degree program. Students who do not meet these minimum requirements for the degree program might consider enrolling in either the Criminal Justice diploma or Qualifying Studies, depending on their CGPA or secondary school requirements.
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.
There are a limited number of seats available in the Criminology and Criminal Justice degree program. Acceptance into the Criminology and Criminal Justice degree program will be determined through a first-come first-serve basis, assuming entrance requirements are met. 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.
There are a limited number of seats available in the Criminology and Criminal Justice degree program. Acceptance into the Criminology and Criminal Justice degree program will therefore be determined through a competitive process that evaluates cumulative GPA.
Upon admission to the Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) program, and in accordance with the B.C. Government's Criminal Records Review Act, UFV requires all 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.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $100–150 per course.
The Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) program can be completed in four years of full-time study, with students taking 10 courses per calendar year.
The normal university year is from September through April, with 15–18 credits required in each of the Fall and Winter semesters. Students enrolled in field practicum in any semester (normally requiring two full days per week) would normally take nine 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.
The Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree program consists of 57 credits of CRIM core requirements, 28–29 credits of breadth requirements, and 36 credits of CRIM and non-CRIM elective courses.
|CRIM 100||Introduction to Criminology||3|
|CRIM 103||Introduction to the Criminal Justice System||3|
|CRIM 104||Sociological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour||3|
|CRIM 105||Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour||3|
|CRIM 129||Academic and Professional Development||3|
|CRIM 135||Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions||3|
|CRIM 220||Research Methods in Criminology||3|
|CRIM 230||Criminal Law||3|
|CRIM 265||Problem Management Skills for Criminal Justice Interventions||3|
|CRIM 281||Field Work Practicum||6|
|CRIM 310||Advanced Theoretical Perspectives||3|
|CRIM 311||Diversity, Crime, and Criminal Justice in Canada||3|
|CRIM 320||Quantitative Research Techniques||3|
|CRIM 321||Qualitative Research Methods||3|
|CRIM 450||Social Policy Analysis||3|
|CRIM 479||Professional Practice II||3|
|CRIM 480||Field Work Practicum||6|
Note: 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.
|BUS 203||Organizational Behaviour||3|
|CMNS 125||Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences||3|
|or ENGL 105||Academic Writing|
|CMNS 251||Professional Report Writing||3|
|or ENGL 108 or higher||Any ENGL course numbered 108 or higher|
|POSC 110||Introduction to Canadian Politics||3|
|PSYC 102||Introduction to Psychology II (see Note 1)||3|
|SOC 101||Introductory Sociology||3|
|STAT 104||Introductory Statistics|
|STAT 106||Statistics I|
|PSYC 110||Applied Statistical Analysis in Psychology|
|Arts elective: Any 100-level or higher AH, ENGL, FILM, HIST, MOLA, THEA, PHIL, or VA course||3|
|Science elective: Any 100-level or higher ASTR, BIO, CHEM, or PHYS course, or GEOG 101 (discontinued), 102 (discontinued), 103, or 116 (see Note 2)||4|
Note 1: Students who have successfully completed PSYC 101 prior to acceptance do not need to complete PSYC 102.
Note 2: It is recommended that students planning on completing a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree complete their science requirement in the first two years of the program.
Note: Students should plan their lower-level electives to ensure they will have the necessary prerequisites for the required upper-level non-criminology electives.
Acceptance into the BA (Criminal Justice) degree program does not guarantee practicum placement.
The prerequisites for placement in CRIM 281 are:
The prerequisites for placement in CRIM 480 are:
Students must complete 200 hours of practicum work in each of CRIM 281 and CRIM 480.
Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) students who do not meet the prerequisites for the second-year practicum must take two additional 200-level CRIM electives from the list below in place of CRIM 281. Students who do not meet the prerequisites for the fourth-year practicum must take three upper-level CRIM electives from the list below in place of CRIM 479 and CRIM 480.
Students who did not qualify for CRIM 281 but subsequently qualify for CRIM 480 must complete CRIM 480.
|CRIM 210||Youth Crime and Youth Justice System in Canada||3|
|CRIM 211||Indigenous Peoples, Crime, and Criminal Justice||3|
|CRIM 212||Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice||3|
|CRIM 240||Comparative Criminal Justice Systems||3|
|CRIM 251||Law Enforcement in Canada||3|
|CRIM 252||Corrections in Canada||3|
|CRIM 335||Human Rights and Civil Liberties||3|
|CRIM 339||Professional Ethics in Criminal Justice||3|
|CRIM 401||Prostitution in Canada||3|
|CRIM 402||Mental Disorder and Crime||3|
|CRIM 412||Organized Crime||3|
|CRIM 418||Techniques of Crime Prevention||3|
|CRIM 435||Innovations in Canadian Public Safety||3|
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. Students have 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.
The Co-operative Education option provides students with the opportunity to acquire paid, career-related work experience in conjunction with their studies in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program. See the Co-operative Education section for more details.
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. Students interested in pursuing this option should contact the Advising Centre to discuss their program plan.
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
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Students may not register for a course more than twice without the permission of the department head/director for the discipline or their designate. All attempts will be recorded on the transcript, but only the highest grade will be included in the GPA. Transfer courses are considered in the number of attempts. A “W” or “AU” course is not counted as a duplication. Multiple repeats of the same course count as a single duplication.
Students with more than five course duplications will not be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree.
Course audits will be governed by UFV’s Course Audit Policy (108).
Students may be able to obtain credit for prior learning through evaluation of previous studies or learning through experience after they have completed 30 credits in the diploma program. Students should contact the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice for further information.
Course withdrawal deadlines follow UFV's Course Withdrawal policy (81).
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.
Students who have been required to withdraw from UFV under the Undergraduate Continuance policy (92) are subject to readmission and continuance requirements as listed in the UFV academic calendar. Students are normally only readmitted once to the same program.
Students must complete at least 25% of the course work, including at least 50% of the required upper-level CRIM credits, at UFV.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with a Criminal Justice Program Advisor. To be eligible to graduate, students must achieve a minimum program and cumulative GPA of 2.00. Please note that students with more than five course duplications will not be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) degree.
Candidates who qualify to receive a UFV degree must be approved by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Senate. Students must apply for graduation by completing the Graduation Request form available at ufv.ca/registrar/forms, or from the Office of the Registrar. This should be done in the first month of the final semester. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by the Winter semester grade deadline (see Important Registration Dates) of each year.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.