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Diploma of Criminal Justice
Diploma of Criminal Justice

Diploma of Criminal Justice

  • ID:LC010059
  • Level:2-Year Undergraduate Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

  • Completion of BC Grade 12 or equivalent, or be 19 years of age.

English Requirement

  • English Studies 12 or Literary Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 or equivalent with a 75% or higher (see note);
  • LET (Langara English Test) level 3 or higher;
  • LPI (Language Proficieny Index) with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension;
  • Successful completion of a post-secondary English or communications course with a minimum "C-" grade for which Langara offers university-transfer credit; or ENGL 1120 at Langara College with a minimum "C" grade; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

Note: Applicants who completed BC English 12, BC English Literature 12, or BC English First Peoples 12 prior to September 2019 may use these courses to satisfy this requirement.

Other Requirement

  • Completed application for admission form.
  • Official transcript(s).
  • LET or LPI scores (if applicable)

Course Information

Langara College’s Criminal Justice Program prepares students for a variety of careers with public and private agencies in the field of criminal justice. The two-year program is designed for those seeking an entry-level job in the field. It is designed to be taken full-time but may be taken part-time.

The program blends university-transfer academic arts courses, skills-based courses and practical experience. There is a Fall (September) and Spring (January) intake. Courses are generally offered in the January and September terms although some Summer term courses are available. Students are able to choose two options in the Criminal Justice Program:

  • Diploma in Criminal Justice (2 years)
  • Diploma in Criminal Justice and then transfer into 3rd year of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program (4 years)

While in the program, all students are strongly encouraged to participate as volunteers with an organization delivering services in the field. Students are then exposed to the realities of the field and are able to apply their knowledge.

The Criminal Justice program is designed to meet the changing needs of the criminal justice system. The program has been established and organized in consultation with an advisory committee representing the RCMP, municipal police forces, Corrections Branch, provincial courts, industrial and retail security organizations and other potential employers.

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  • Langara College’s two-year (four-term) Diploma in Criminal Justice prepares students for a variety of careers with public and private agencies in the field of law enforcement. It is primarily designed for those seeking an entry-level job in the field. However, individual courses may be available from time to time to non-program students at Langara College and to those who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills from the field. It is designed to be taken full-time, but may be taken part-time with departmental permission.

  • Students wanting to pursue further study may choose the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Transfer Option of the Diploma in Criminal Justice. In this option, students will complete most of the bridging courses required for admission to the third year of the BBA (Business Management or Marketing Management concentration).

  • The Criminal Justice Program blends university-transfer academic arts courses, skills-based courses, and practical experience. Courses are offered during the semesters beginning in January and September of each year.

  • Diploma in Criminal Justice


  • CJUS 1217, Security, 3

  • CRIM 1115, Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, 3

  • CRIM 1116, Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions, 3

  • CRIM 1125, Introduction to Criminology, 3

  • CRIM 1215, Introduction to Policing, 3

  • CRIM 1216, Criminal Law, 3

  • PHED 1112, Introduction to Physical Fitness, 1

  • POLI 1100, Introduction to Government and Politics, 3

  • PSYC 1115, Introduction to Biological, Cognitive, and Developmental Psychology, 3

  • PSYC 1215, Introduction to Social, Personality, and Abnormal Psychology, 3

  • One of:

  • ENGL 1123, Introduction to Academic Writing, 3

  • ENGL 1127, Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections, 3

  • ENGL 1128, Short Prose Selections and Composition, 3


  • BUSM 1500, Business Presentation Skills, 3

  • CMNS 1118, Written Communications, 3

  • CRIM 1220, Research Methods in Criminology, 3

  • CRIM 2315, Introduction to Corrections, 3

  • CRIM 2316, Criminal Law and Court Procedure, 3

  • CRIM 2417, Ethics and Professional Issues in Justice and Law, 3

  • PHED 1118, Healthy Lifestyles, 1

  • PHIL 1100, Introduction to Philosophy: (Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy), 3

  • PSYC 2326, Psychological Disorders and Mental Health, 3

  • PSYC 3220, Group Dynamics, 3

  • Two of:

  • CRIM 1213, Women and the Justice System, 3

  • CRIM 2415, Multiculturalism and the Criminal Justice System, 3

  • CRIM 2416, Law, Youth, and Young Offenders, 3

Program Option Notes:

  • Students are advised to check prerequisite requirements for the Arts and Science courses that are part of this program.

  • It is recommended that students take CRIM 1115 and 1116 in the first term as they are foundational courses and may be required as prerequisites for later CRIM courses.

  • It is recommended that students take ENGL 1127/1128, CRIM 1125, PSYC 1115 and 1215 as early as possible in the first year as they are foundational courses and/or may be required as prerequisites for Year 2 courses.

  • Please note that students must obtain a minimum "C" grade in PSYC 1115 and 1215 before they can register in PSYC 2326, and some courses in Year 2 require students to have a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1127, 1128, 1129, or 1130 (or Level 4 on the LET or an essay score of 30 or higher on the LPI) in order to register.

  • Students must complete all courses in the diploma program with a minimum "C" grade in order to graduate. Exception: Students may be permitted to meet graduate requirements if they have a "C-" grade in no more than one of the program support courses, i.e., courses other than CRIM xxxx.

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Students learn about how the Canadian criminal justice system functions and the underlying theoretical concepts determining its operation. Students learn about Canada’s legal system and the rule of law. Students will examine historical and contemporary issues in policing, corrections and the expanding role of private security in Canada. Students will also learn about common research methods used in criminology and how multiculturalism and diversity impacts on the criminal justice system.

From a more practical perspective, students will find out what careers are available in the area of criminal justice, and how they can qualify for them.

Recent graduates have enjoyed a high employment rate. They are employed with:

  • the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

  • municipal police forces

  • industrial security departments

  • protection service agencies

  • Provincial Court Services and sheriffs

  • Federal Customs

  • victim services

  • Federal and Provincial Corrections

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas_Student_Health_Cover: 694CAD/year

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