Justice Studies Degree – 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 (BAACS). Our intensive, four-year degree program begins with the Correctional Studies diploma, giving you an introduction to the fundamentals, including correctional law, offender management and crisis resolution. You’ll build on these concepts in your third year, gaining an understanding of community justice, ethics, behavioural management, victimology, management and leadership. And, finally, in your fourth year, you’ll complete your transition by participating in a directed field study at a correctional agency of your choice. When you’re finished, you’ll be well prepared to do justice in a lasting career helping others.
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
- are in good physical condition.
Making it work
Because our program is so versatile, we can provide options for individuals at any stage in their correctional 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. And, all of our courses can be taken through distance learning on a full- or part-time basis to fit into your busy schedule – it’s your choice. Travelling the road to a rewarding career has never been so convenient. Your Lethbridge College diploma in Correctional Studies or Criminal Justice - Policing qualifies you for entry into this degree, and transfer agreements also exist with several other institutions.
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 workplace.
The BAAJS is applicable to employment with B.C. Community Corrections (see http://www.jibc.bc.ca/corrections/default.htm).
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