Bachelor of Arts, Criminology

Program requirements

Some program requirements may be met with credits earned through prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).


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. Contact Student Services with any questions regarding program admission.

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.

  • Six credits in English (university-level composition and literature),excluding technical writing and business writing courses
  • Six credits in humanities, other than English
  • Three credits in mathematics and/or science
  • Three credits in statistics (PSYC 2101, Statistics in the Social Sciences or STAT 1201, Instruction to Probability and Statistics or equivalent)
  • Three 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)
  • 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
  • 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

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

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