Justice Studies - Bachelor of Applied Arts

Give your career a course correction

Take your career in the justice system full circle with the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies (BAAJS). Our intensive, four-year degree program begins with a Correctional Studies or Criminal Justice – Policing diploma, giving you an introduction to the fundamentals of the justice field. You’ll build on these concepts in your third year, gaining an understanding of social justice, ethics, the psychology of criminal behavior, and justice management and leadership, while honing your critical thinking and research skills.  Flexibility in course selection will allow you to choose your own path.  And, finally, in your fourth year, you’ll complete your journey to a justice career by participating in a directed field study at a justice agency of your choice. When you’re finished, you’ll be well prepared to do justice in a challenging career helping others.

A diploma in Child and Youth Care or Addictions at Lethbridge College also qualifies you for entry into this degree, and opens new doors for you. Incoming students with related diplomas will also be considered for admission.

The Justice Studies degree is right for you if you:

  • possess the leadership and interpersonal skills required to establish and maintain positive relationships with clients and coworkers
  • have the ability to make sound decisions quickly
  • are able to work effectively as part of a team
  • have good oral and written communication skills

Making it work

Lethbridge College’s program is versatile, which means we provide options for individuals at any stage in their justice career. Whether you’re a professional seeking to expand your knowledge and open the door to management and supervisory positions, or you’re preparing for entry into the field, we have the tools you need to succeed. In addition, all of our courses can be taken online, part-time or full-time, to fit into your busy schedule.  It’s your choice. Travelling the road to a rewarding career has never been so convenient.

Justice Studies - Bachelor of Applied Arts: At-a-Glance
2 Years (post-diploma: Correctional Studies or Criminal Justice - Policing)
September and January (on campus and online), May (online only)
Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies (BAAJS) degree

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.

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.

All courses in the first three years of the BAAJS are available through Online Learning. Directed Field Studies placement (4th Year) may be completed in any location, but all course work is online.

Justice Studies – Bachelor of Applied Arts - Cost Estimate
2017-18 Academic YearTuitionFeesBooks & Supplies
Year 3$4,620$980$1,665
Year 4$4,425$946$102
• Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
• International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
• Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Contact Us

Program Office:
• 403.329.7246
Office of the Chair:
• 403.382.6932
Office of the Dean:
• 403.317.3568

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