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Langara College
Program overview
2 years
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

January 2023

September 2023

January 2024

About this program


Langara College's two-year Diploma in Criminology provides students with a broad, liberal education in social science, criminal justice, and law. Students will learn scientific research methods, legal, philosophical, and theoretical approaches to aid in understanding crime and related social problems, and social responses to crime. The university-transferable required courses and electives afford students an opportunity to develop critical thinking; and understanding of the issues, arguments, and debates that shape the discipline of Criminology.

This program is primarily designed for those seeking to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology (university transfer) and who plan to work in the field of criminal justice and/or continue their education beyond a Bachelor’s degree for graduate or law school studies. It is designed to be taken either full- or part-time. There is a Fall (September) and Spring (January) intake. Most courses are offered in the Fall and Spring terms, with limited offerings in the Summer term.

The Criminal Justice department also offers two options within the scope of ;criminal justice. These options prepare students for a variety of careers with public and private agencies in the field of criminal justice. The two-year program is designed for those seeking an entry-level job in the field.

Admission requirements

  • Domestic Applicants: BC Grade 12 Graduation (or equivalent) or 19 years of age or older
  • International Applicants: BC Grade 12 Graduation (or equivalent)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the College website.

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Program content

Year one

  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Criminal Law
  • Introduction to Government and Politics
  • Introduction to Biological, Cognitive, and Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Social, Personality, and Abnormal Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology: Models and Concepts
  • Introduction to Academic Writing
  • Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
  • Short Prose Selections and Composition
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Introduction to Corrections

Year two

  • Written Communications
  • Research Methods in Criminology
  • Criminal Law and Court Procedure
  • Special Topics in Criminology
  • Ethics and Professional Issues in Justice and Law
  • Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
  • Introduction to Philosophy: (Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy)
  • Sociology of Deviance
  • Women and the Justice System
  • Multiculturalism and the Criminal Justice System
  • Law, Youth, and Young Offenders
  • Criminal Justice and Aboriginal People
  • Aboriginal Women in Canada
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Psychological Disorders and Mental Health
  • Social Problems
  • Crime, Punishment and the Penal System
  • Statistical Methods

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information


Please visit the website for information about tuition fees


Credential: Diploma

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Langara College

Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 23,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of...

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Langara College

100 West 49th Avenue
V5Y 2Z6 Vancouver British Columbia

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