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Criminal Justice (Diploma)

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Total Credits: 66
Credential: Diploma in Criminal Justice
Program Code: CRIM.DIP
CIP: 43.0104


The Diploma in Criminal Justice program provides a social justice perspective on criminal justice systems and processes that form the foundation for ethical, responsible, and professional practice in the criminal justice field. This applied program incorporates classroom and community learning experiences with theoretical frameworks for practice. Topics covered include the interagency working of police, courts, corrections, and social service agencies; the impacts of colonization and the resulting intergenerational trauma of Indigenous Peoples; and a critical understanding and social justice approach to current challenges in modern society. A core curriculum forms the foundation for the first year of studies in the program; in the second year, students can choose which pathway of courses best meets their professional and academic destination.

Graduates of the Criminal Justice program leave with a broad base of theoretical knowledge, skills, and abilities suitable for a diverse range of entry-level criminal justice positions, including law enforcement (public, military, deputy sheriffs, by-law enforcement, private security); adult, youth, and community corrections; victim services; restorative justice; customs border services; social and community service organizations; and other related opportunities. Graduates apply their knowledge of processes, procedures, and practices to work with diverse individuals and populations, and use of critical thinking skills and evidence-informed decision making in all aspects of practice in criminal justice. 


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Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge from a variety of disciplines to problems and issues, in order to explore practical solutions as they relate to the criminal justice system.
  • Explain the interconnections among the political system, mental health system, human services system, child and family services, and the criminal justice system to inform a critical perspective.
  • Assess social and criminal justice policies and practices as they relates to emerging and current challenges within the criminal justice field.
  • Apply knowledge of diversity and worldviews, with an emphasis on Indigenous experiences within the social and justice systems, to support individuals and communities in positive and respectful ways.
  • Demonstrate professional practice as it relates to ethics, social justice, advocacy, and behavioral management in the workplace.
  • Use restorative opportunities and approaches within the social and justice systems.
  • Synthesize and present qualitative and quantitative information so as to inform meaningful and relevant decision making.
  • Communicate in oral, written, and visual forms clearly, accurately, and in professional and respectful ways.
  • Develop effective leadership and collaborative working relationships with groups and teams in order to achieve organizational and professional goals.
  • Develop networks and relationships within the criminal and social justice systems through applied service to further career and educational opportunities.
  • Reflect on personal and organizational perspectives and approaches with an application of evidence-informed practice.
  • Develop strategies and approaches for work-life balance reflecting on trauma-informed practice. 


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Year Two


* Students are strongly advised to consult an Academic Advisor and the BC Transfer Guide to ensure that courses chosen meet their current and future academic goals, including intended credentials and transfer plans.

** Students may choose one 200-level CRIM course (3.0 credits) not previously taken. No course may be used more than once toward program completion. 

*** Students may choose one UT course (3.0 credits), which could be a 200-level transferable CRIM course not previously taken. No course may be used more than once toward program completion. 

Program Participation Requirements

  • This program has two courses in the second year, STAT 116  and PSYC 201 , which require Pre-calculus 11, Foundations of Math 11, MATH 072 , MATH 075 , or MATH 075 . The math requirement must be completed prior to enrolling in these courses. Students may want to consider completing the relevant math prerequisites before commencing their program. 
  • Criminal Record Check is required.

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