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Criminology Diploma

North Island College
Program overview
2 years
Diploma / certificate
13,500 CAD
Start dates
British Columbia
13,500 CAD
September 2020

British Columbia
13,500 CAD
January 2021

British Columbia
13,500 CAD
September 2021

British Columbia
13,500 CAD
January 2022
North Island College

Program description

Criminology Diploma

Criminology involves the study of crime, criminal behaviour and responses to law-breaking. The principle elements of criminology are social science theory, institutional and systems impacts, and research methods that explore all aspects of crime, criminal behaviour and justice issues. The individual and social impact of crime will be a critical component of your research.

Your two-year Criminology diploma is the first step toward criminal justice related employment and/or further studies in criminology. The diploma program consists of 60 credits of university transferable coursework, completed on a full-time basis over two years (four academic semesters). Options for part-time study are also available.

The diploma also provides an excellent foundation if you wish to pursue university studies in law. Students interested in transferring are encouraged to speak to an NIC educational advisor and the receiving institution advisor as well.

Admission requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG-060, or ENG-098; or C+ in ESL-092 and ESL-095; or English assessment; and
  2. C in one of Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, Foundations of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11, NIC MAT-053, NIC MAT-055, or math assessment.

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Program content

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
  • Criminal Law
  • Law and Politics
  • Introductory Psychology I
  • Introductory Psychology II
  • Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
  • Introduction to Sociology I
  • Sociological Explanations of Crime and Deviance

One of

  • Introduction to Statistics or
  • Data Analysis in Psychology

One of

  • Research Methods in Criminology or
  • Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

One of

  • Introduction to Corrections
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Historical Reactions to Criminal and Deviant Behaviour

One of

  • Essay Writing and Critical Analysis or
  • Essay Writing and Indigenous Perspectives

One of

  • Reading Literature or
  • Indigenous Literatures in Canada

One of

  • Introductory Philosophy I: Knowledge and Reality
  • Critical Thinking

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for domestic students is $3025/year. The price for International students is $13500/year

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you will possess employable skills in nearly every aspect of the justice system and will be well-prepared for career pathways and entry-level employment in law enforcement, the court systems and corrections.

You will qualify for a range of careers, including occupations in the criminal justice system, with Crown corporations and in the private sector. Career positions may include, but would not be limited to, correctional officer, court reporter, immigration officer, researcher, legal assistant, First Nations band officer, insurance adjuster, youth court worker, probation officer, police officer, crime analyst and much more.

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About this institute

North Island College

North Island College

Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, West Coast of Canada, North Island College is a small public college which offers many programs including certificates, diplomas, a degree in business, and post degree diplomas. Areas of study include university transfer in the...

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North Island College

2300 Ryan Rd
V9N 8N6 Courtenay BC

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