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The Criminology program at Douglas College will help you gain the skills needed for a satisfying career in the fields of criminal justice, policing, law, psychology as well as many other fulfilling career paths.
Modern society is fascinated with crime. It is everywhere from the evening news to the best-seller list to prime-time television. But despite this fascination, few people have the knowledge and expertise to really understand the implications of crime and how to handle it within our society.
You'll learn with instructors who have experience on the front lines as lawyers, youth workers, police officers, policy makers and psychologists. They are passionate about issues like aboriginal justice, gambling and child abuse. Most of all they are compassionate professionals dedicated to helping you learn about the criminal mind, and the intricate system society has designed to deal with criminal behaviour.
Criminology Student Handbook
This web page is being updated and the new Criminology Student Handbook will be back up on the web site in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please pick up a new printed Handbook in the Humanities and Social Sciences area in 3400 at the New Westminster campus.
Ways to study
Certificate in Criminal Justice Studies - a one-year program for students not planning on university who want to gain a background in criminology. This program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.
Diploma in Criminology - a two-year Diploma Program which prepares students to enter the field or to transfer to university.
Youth Justice Program combines practical criminology courses with hands-on counselling training to work with youth.
Diploma in Legal Studies - this two-year program appeals to students who may be thinking of attending law school one day, students who feel some legal knowledge will be beneficial in whatever career they choose, and students who simply have a general interest in law as an area of study in the liberal arts
University Transfer/Associate of Arts
You can choose to take criminology courses at Douglas, and then transfer them to a university with university transfer.
You can also choose to earn an Associate of Arts Degree in Forensic Studies.
Associate of Arts students may also take part in the Cooperative Education Program and gain paid, full-time work experience.