Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Professional Arts
Criminal Justice Major
Regulations effective September 1, 2005


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 two-year approved diploma in criminal justice-related areas from an accredited college or technical institute. The program provides students with two years of Arts and Administrative Studies courses along with specialized senior-level courses in criminal justice.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. 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 complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Classroom Setting

In addition to completing this degree through online and distance learning, you can complete the Bachelor of Professional Arts (Criminal Justice) entirely in a classroom setting, or a combination of distance and classroom courses, at the following Alberta institutions: MacEwan College (Edmonton), Lethbridge Community College (Lethbridge), Medicine Hat College (Medicine Hat). See Section 9.3 for more information.

To Bachelor of Professional Arts program.

Sixty credits are required for degree completion beyond the approved two-year college diploma. Students must complete the following degree requirements within the Bachelor of Professional Arts program.

  Criminal Justice Major Requirements  
  Common core 12
  Major courses 42
  Electives 6
  Major Courses (Select 42 credits from the following)  
  Any 200-level accounting course
ADMN 232 Administrative Principles (3)
CRJS All courses  
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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