Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, Criminology

Program Description

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

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Residency Requirements

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

Degree Requirements

Please Note:

Open Learning's consortium partnership with Simon Fraser University (SFU) is currently undergoing changes, which will affect the availability of SFU courses delivered through Open Learning.
Please contact your OL Program Advisor or Student Services for current information regarding course availability and alternate options.

120 credits total, including 45 upper-level credits, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher over all courses required for the credential, as follows:

General Education Requirements (24 credits)

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

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature). Technical and business writing courses do not meet this requirement.
6 credits in humanities other than English
3 credits in mathematics and/or science
3 credits in statistics (PSYC 2101 or STAT 1201 or equivalent)
CRIM 1011, Introduction to Criminology (3) (currently in development) or equivalent
CRIM 1161, The Canadian Legal System (3) or equivalent

Lower-Level Requirements (15 credits)

CRIM/SOCI 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 or RSMT 3501, Introductory Social Science Research Course (3) or equivalent

A C average is required in lower-level CRIM courses.

Upper-Level Requirements (30 credits)

Suggested courses are in parentheses.

3 credits in advanced theory in criminology (may be CRIM 3311)
3 credits in social science research methods
21 credits of other upper-level criminology, sociology or psychology courses as approved by a program advisor
3 credits of Directed Studies (such as CRIM 4991)

A grade of C or higher is required in each upper-level course, including Directed Studies, used to meet the 30 credits taken in the discipline of the major (Criminology).

Directed Studies (51 credits)

Directed Studies consists of concentrated study of a topic in the discipline of the major selected by the student in consultation with an Open Learning Faculty Member. It is open to students who have fulfilled the general education requirements, all the lower-level requirements of the major, and a minimum of 15 credits of upper-level courses in the subject of their major. As registration procedures differ for Directed Studies courses, students are required to consult with a program advisor before registering.

Elective Requirements (51 credits)

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


30 credits of the degree requirements (with no more than 15 credits at the upper level) may be applied studies: fine and performing arts studio courses and technology courses. Education, business and administrative studies courses are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Degree requirements may be met with credits earned by prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

Students are responsible for consulting with a program advisor to ensure that the courses they select are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a particular course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.


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