Why do a BA CCJ or BA CRIM degree at Kwantlen?
Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers excellent academic preparation, with small class sizes and well-qualified and dedicated instructors. Both the BA CCJ and BA CRIM have been carefully developed and reviewed by Kwantlen’s internal committees, external consultants, including other universities and colleges, and approved by the BC provincial government.
Scholarship and Teaching
The emphasis at Kwantlen is on excellence in teaching. Kwantlen’s instructors are highly qualified and come from many Canadian and international post-secondary institutions; they have excellent credentials but are hired in large measure for their teaching ability.
On-going attention to quality instruction is obtained through instructor professional development. Collaborative peer and student reviews ensure that instructors use the best methods of teaching to engage their students in the learning process and advance their success. Many instructors also have significant practical experience working in their discipline, and can help students see the relevance of course material to the outside world.
At Kwantlen, class sizes do not exceed 35 students in the lower division, and many upper-division courses are limited to 25 students. This allows for more individual attention and more contact between students and instructors.
Skill development in addition to content acquisition
All Kwantlen courses stress the acquisition of skills, in addition to content. Most courses include development of many of the following: creative thinking and problem solving skills, reading, writing and oral skills, interpersonal skills, teamwork and leadership skills, personal management and entrepreneurial skills, visual literacy skills, intercultural skills, technological skills, and the development of citizenship and global perspective. These skills enhance students’ employability and their ability to engage and participate in their communities and more broadly.
Growth and innovation
Kwantlen is only 30 years old, and while it has well-established programs, it has also created new programs, unique to Kwantlen, such as the BA CCJ. While most of the courses in Criminology transfer easily to other BC universities and colleges, several courses are unique and unavailable elsewhere.
E-classrooms are equipped with computers, DVD players, VCRs, and screens. Many instructors use websites to support communication with students and provide them with extra help and guidance. While Kwantlen offers some on-line courses, instructional methods emphasize personal contact and engagement.
Kwantlen offers students many services, including career, student and personal counselling, learning centres, employment centres and athletic programs. Student Awards and Financial Assistance are also available.
Students can take lower-division courses (Years 1 and 2) at three locations—Surrey, Richmond and Langley. Upper-division courses are offered at the Surrey and Richmond campuses.
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