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Bachelor of Applied Arts - Justice Studies

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College
Are you interested in joining the justice field through a program of advanced study? Are you a justice professional wishing to enhance your understanding of criminal justice theory and practice? Our Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies (BAAJS) will give you the skills and knowledge you need to meet your career goals, whether you are seeking initial employment or promotion to more challenging positions. Our degree program starts with our two-year Correctional Studies or Criminal Justice - Policing diploma. Your first two years of study will give you a comprehensive introduction to relevant course material and the criminal justice system. If you are currently employed in a justice related agency, your training and experience may reduce the number of courses you will have to take. You'll build on this knowledge in your third year of study. You will learn to assess and deal with emerging issues through courses in community justice, ethics, behavioural management, victimology, management and leadership. In the fourth year of the program, you will apply your skills and abilities in a real-world justice environment. You'll spend your entire fourth year (two semesters) engaged in a Directed Field Study. You can choose to spend this study time at your current justice organization or agency, or we can help you find a suitable placement. At the end of the program, you'll have a comprehensive, practical understanding of justice. Your skills and knowledge will serve you well and be in demand anywhere in Canada. All courses in the BAAJS are available through Online Learning.

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3000 College Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K1L6, Canada

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  • Program Type Applied
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 4 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements: All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admissions section of the calendar.

Academic Requirements: Students who have completed a Correctional Studies Diploma or Criminal Justice - Policing Diploma from Lethbridge College, or equivalent will be accepted directly into the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies. Applicants with a related diploma/degree in a human service or justice related field such as child and youth care, law enforcement, addictions counselling, social work, criminology, or psychiatric nursing will also be admitted, and may be required to complete bridging courses in order to meet degree requirements.

Applicants with a diploma/degree require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to be accepted directly into the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies.

Applicants with post-secondary credentials and significant related work experience may apply to have their knowledge and skills assessed for transfer credit or prior learning credit in the Correctional Studies Diploma, the Criminal Justice - Policing Diploma, and the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies.

Transfer students entering the program who receive advance credit must meet Lethbridge College’s minimum residency requirements. This means that students may not receive advance credit for work completed at other institutions in excess of 75% of the total credits required for graduation from Lethbridge College.

Direct Field Study Placement: The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the directive field study placement. Applicants are advised they will be required to undergo a Criminal Record check prior to enrolling in the placement. The existence of a criminal record may affect placement and future employment prospects. The agencies reserve the right to determine who is considered a suitable candidate.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment.

Distance Delivery Options

Some courses are available online, as identified in the calendar by (OL) after the course title.

Application Deadline

New third-year students, or transfer students with advance standing through completion of a related diploma, are accepted into the program in the Fall (September) and Winter (January) terms for on-campus and online study and also in the Spring (May) term for online study.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated January 29, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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