Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Professional Arts
Criminal Justice Major
Regulations effective September 1, 2003

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.


The Bachelor of Professional Arts Criminal Justice Major is offered by Athabasca University's Centre for State and Legal Studies.

The program is available to students who have graduated with a 2-year approved diploma in criminal justice-related areas from an accredited college or technical institute. The program provides students with 2 years of Arts and Administrative Studies courses along with specialized senior-level courses in criminal justice.

For general information regarding the Criminal Justice major, contact the program advisor.

A maximum of 30 credits may be awarded by portfolio assessment through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition office.

Students must complete the following degree requirements:

  Degree Requirements  
  Total credits in the program 120
  College diploma transfer (enrolment requirement) 60
  Minimum Credits Required beyond the College Diploma  
  Core courses 12
  Major and elective courses 48
  Total 60
  Within the Degree Students are Required to Earn for Degree Completion  
  Senior (300 or 400) level 48
  400 level 18
  Through AU (residency) 30
  Maximum Credits Allowed  
  At the junior (200) level 12
  Criminal Justice Major Requirements  
  Common core 12
  Major courses 42
  Electives 6
  Max. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 30
  Major Courses (42 credits)  
  Any 200-level accounting course
ADMN 232 Administrative Principles (3)
  All courses labelled CRJS  
LGST 331 Administrative Law (3)
LGST 430 Canadian Legal System (3)
  A 300-level organizations course (e.g., ORGB 326 or SOCI 300
ORGB 300 Organizational Culture (3)
SOCI 305 Sociology and Crime
SOCI 365 Sociology of Deviance (3)
  A research methods course (e.g., SOSC 366)


  Electives (6 credits)  
  From any discipline at the senior
(300 or 400) level

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