Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, Criminology

The Bachelor of Arts, Criminology Major program is designed for you if you want to specialize in this discipline. Study part-time and online while keeping your work and life commitments intact.

Please note:

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

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

 Calendar Description

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

 Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission

To apply to this program, please complete the Program Admission Form.

You may be eligible to receive credits through prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

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 (a grade of C) or higher in all courses required to complete 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.

Six credits in English (university-level composition and literature), not including technical writing and business writing courses
Six credits in humanities other than English
Three credits in mathematics or science
Three credits in statistics:
PSYC 2101, Statistics in the Social Sciences, or STAT 1201, Instruction to Probability and Statistics, or equivalent)
CRIM 1011, Introduction to Criminology (3) (currently in development), or equivalent
CRIM 1161,The Canadian Legal System, or equivalent

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

Approval of education, business and administrative studies courses is on a case-by-case basis

Lower-Level Criminology 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), PSYC 2111, Introduction to Research in Experimental Psychology, or RSMT 3501, Introduction to Research Methods (3), or equivalent

Upper-Level Criminology Requirements (30 credits)

Three credits in advanced theory in criminology
Three credits in social science research methods
21 credits of other upper-level criminology, sociology or psychology courses, as approved by your Program Advisor
Three 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

Directed Studies consists of concentrated study of a topic in the discipline of your major, in consultation with an Open Learning Faculty Member. It is open to you if you have fulfilled the general education requirements, all the lower-level requirements, and a minimum of 15 credits of upper-level courses in your discipline.

Registration procedures differ for Directed Studies, so please consult with 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 are appropriate for your program of study and educational goals. Otherwise, you may find that a course does not meet the program requirements and cannot be used toward that program’s credential.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


Email Student Services to speak with us about Open Learning and the Bachelor of Arts, Criminology Major.