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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, Criminology

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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

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:

Breadth requirements (24 credits)

These may be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; see the breadth 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 breadth 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.

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