Regulations effective September 1, 2019.
The Bachelor of Professional Arts Criminal Justice Major is offered by Athabasca University’s Centre for Social Sciences. 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.
The BPA Criminal Justice major is available to:
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.
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.
In addition to completing the BPA Criminal Justice major through online and distance learning, you may also be able to take courses in a classroom setting, or a combination of distance and classroom courses, at other institutions.
The common core courses may be taken at any time; however, 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.
Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.
|Common Core credits||12|
|Major Courses credits||42|
|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 (PLAR) credits||*see Prior Learning above|
|Major Courses (Select 42 credits from the following)|
|Any 200-level Accounting course
|ADMN 232||Introduction to Management|
|CRJS||All CRJS courses|
|LGST 331||Administrative Law||(3)|
|LGST 489||Alternative Dispute Resolution||(3)|
|A 300-level organizations course
326 or SOCI 300)
|ORGB 300||Organizational Culture||(3)|
|SOCI 365||Sociology of Deviance|
|A research methods course (e.g., SOSC
|Options (6 credits)|
|From any discipline at the senior (300 or 400) level||(6)|
Information effective Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.
Updated December 09 2019 by laurab