Douglas College to offer Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Criminology

Criminology student Eric Osmond.                                    David Denofreo photo.

Looking to pursue a degree in Criminology?

Starting in Fall 2016, Douglas College will be offering a new degree program focusing on an applied approach to Criminology that will give you an edge in the job market.

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology, which is now taking applications, is open to students who have completed a two-year Associate of Arts degree in Criminology or the equivalent combination of transferable courses.

“We are thrilled and excited for the opportunities this degree program affords our current and future students,” Criminology department chair Carla Hotel said. “We now have the very best of both worlds. We retain our Certificate, Diploma and Associate credentials, and now offer a highly specialized Bachelor’s Degree which students can tailor to their own specific interests and career aspirations.”

Once accepted into the program, students will be required to complete a final two years of study specializing in an applied area to earn the four-year bachelor’s degree. The three academic focus areas available are Community and Institutional Practice, Crime Analysis, and Legal Studies.

“Being able to pursue a criminology degree at Douglas means I am able to continue studying at an institution I truly enjoy,” said criminology student Eric Osmond. “I can keep taking courses with some of the best instructors in the field — at a tuition rate that is more affordable — and stay a part of the amazing Douglas community.”

The program is also accepted for admission into graduate studies at Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology. Students interested in pursuing advanced studies, who would like more intensive research experience, or are interested in augmenting applications for post-graduate work, can opt to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology with Honours.

Classes will be offered at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses.

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