Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, Criminology

The Bachelor of Arts Criminology degree is suspended while we review the program and consider revisions.



The consortium partnership with Simon Fraser University (SFU) has ended, and therefore SFU courses are no longer offered through OL.

Please contact your Program Advisor or Student Services to discuss alternate options.

Calendar Description

 Program Requirements

Some program requirements may be met with credits earned by Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

OL offers many courses that fulfill both lower- and upper-level requirements for this degree, but you may need to complete some program requirements through classroom or distance courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and transfer the credit to this program.


30 credits, including up to 15 upper-level credits, may be applied studies: fine and performing arts studio courses and technology courses.

Admission Requirements

Open admission

If you plan to complete a credential through Open Learning, please fill in a Program Admission Form and send it to OL Admissions by email, fax or mail.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Degree Requirements

120 credits, including 45 upper-level credits, with a GPA of 2.00 or higher over all courses required for this credential, as follows:

General Education Requirements (24 credits)

These may be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; see the general education requirements for arts and science degree programs.

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature),excluding technical writing and business writing courses
6 credits in humanities, other than English
3 credits in mathematics and/or science
3 credits in statistics (PSYC 2101, Statistics in the Social Sciences or STAT 1201, Instruction to Probability and Statistics or equivalent)
3 credits in introductory criminology
CRIM 1161,The Canadian Legal System (3) or equivalent

Lower-Level Requirements (15 credits)

CRIM 2251, Sociological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour (3) or equivalent
CRIM 2261, Criminal Law (3) or equivalent
CRIM 2521, Introduction to the Criminal justice System (3) or equivalent
PSYC 2161, Abnormal Psychology (3) or equivalent
SOCI 2710 (TRU on-campus course), or PSYC 2111, Introduction to Research in Experimental Psychology, or RSMT 3501, Introduction to Research Methods (3), or equivalent

Upper-Level Requirements (30 credits)

3 credits in advanced theory in criminology
3 credits in social science research methods
21 credits of other upper-level criminology, sociology or psychology courses
3 credits of Directed Studies

Elective Requirements (51 credits)

15 credits of upper-level elective courses
36 credits of lower- or upper-level elective courses

 Directed Studies

A Directed Studies course consists of concentrated study of a topic you select in consultation with your Open Learning Faculty Member. Directed Studies is open to you if you have fulfilled the general education requirements and all the lower-level requirements and have completed at least 15 credits of upper-level requirements in your major.

Registration procedures differ for Directed Studies, so it is essential that you consult your Program Advisor before you register in a Directed Studies course.

Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a Letter of Permission (LOP).

If you proceed otherwise, you may find either that course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


Email Student Services or call us for more about this or any other Open Learning program.