Langara College’s Criminal Justice Program prepares students for a variety of careers with public and private agencies in the field of law enforcement. The two-year program is designed for those seeking an entry-level job in the field, not for those already working in law enforcement. It is designed to be taken full-time, but may be taken part-time with departmental permission.
The program blends university-transfer academic arts courses, skills-based courses and practical experience. Courses are offered during the January and September terms; however, students can only enter the program in September. Students are now 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.