Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Professional Arts
Criminal Justice Major
Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2009

The Bachelor of Professional Arts Criminal Justice Major is offered by Athabasca University's Centre for State and Legal Studies. Sixty credits are required for degree completion beyond the AU-approved two-year college diploma. Students must complete the following degree requirements within the Bachelor of Professional Arts program.

Enrolment Requirements

The BPA Criminal Justice major is available to:

  • graduates of an approved two-year criminal justice-related diploma;
  • graduates of a previous undergraduate degree in an unrelated discipline (with at least one year of professional practice relevant to the Criminal Justice Studies major); or,
  • students with a minimum of two years of university level coursework (with at least one year of professional practice relevant to the Criminal Justice major).

Coursework and credentials must have been obtained from a college, university or institute of technology approved by Athabasca University. Individuals who have questions about the eligibility of their previous education for admission are strongly encouraged to contact the program coordinator. The program provides students with two years of Arts and Administrative Studies courses along with specialized senior-level courses in criminal justice.

Prior Learning

A maximum of 30 credits may be awarded by portfolio assessment through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). To learn more about PLAR opportunities within the Criminal Justice program, please contact your program coordinator or the Centre for Learning Accreditation.

Classroom Setting

In addition to completing the BPA Criminal Justice major through online and distance learning, you can also take courses in a classroom setting, or a combination of distance and classroom courses, at the following Alberta institutions: MacEwan University (Edmonton), Lethbridge Community College (Lethbridge), Medicine Hat College (Medicine Hat).

Common Core

The common core courses may be taken at any time. Students are encouraged to complete the common core courses early in their program. The common core addresses skills and knowledge that will help students succeed with the remaining degree requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. For more information regarding this major, contact the program coordinator.

Bachelor of Professional Arts program

  Criminal Justice Major Requirements  
  Common core 12
  Major courses 42
  Options 6
  Residency requirement. A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University. 30
  Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered. 24
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition credits *see Prior Learning above
  Major Courses (Select 42 credits from the following)  
  Any 200-level Accounting course
ADMN 232 Administrative Principles  
CRJS All CRJS courses (3)
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  
  A research methods course (e.g., SOSC 366)


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

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