Programs & Courses

Criminal Justice


About this Program

Few people in our society are entrusted with the responsibility of enforcing laws and maintaining order. Professionals in this field must be equipped with technical knowledge and skills, and offer the strong character and personal discipline required to succeed in a demanding environment. The Criminal Justice program will help you prepare to take on this challenge.

Throughout the program, you will gain an understanding of the criminal justice system through studies in:

  • human relations,
  • psychology,
  • sociology,
  • investigations,
  • policing,
  • security,
  • criminology, and
  • law.

Exposure to an array of investigative techniques and practices including forensics, crime scene investigations, and threat and risk assessments will further prepare you for employment in the field of your choice.

Police services, industry trainers and educators have identified the key competencies required in the criminal justice community including leadership skills, ethics, analytical thinking, self-confidence, communication skills, flexibility, diligence, patience, self-control, problem solving, and physical skills. During the program, you are encouraged to attain the necessary skills and fitness level to pass the testing requirements demanded by law enforcement organizations, as well as volunteer for various groups and agencies to demonstrate community involvement.

High School Route
60% in ELA 30-1 OR 65% in ELA 30-2 or equivalent

Mature Student Route
60% in ELA 30-1 OR 65% in ELA 30-2 or equivalent


Fall Semester

CJLS 101
Introduction to Criminal Justice Careers
CJLS 102 Effective Communications in Criminal Justice
CJLS 106 Law and the Administration of Justice
CJLS 111
Investigations and Forensics
CJLS 135 Police and Security Technical Reports
Winter Semester
CJLS 116
Federal and Provincial Criminal Justice Legislation
CJLS 120 Lifestyles and Career Orientation
CJLS 126 Criminal Code, Offence Elements and the Charter
CJLS 131
 Interviewing and Statements
ENGL 125  Introductory Report Writing and Speech
SOCI 201 Introductory Sociology


Fall Semester
CJLS 231 Forensic Science
CJLS 233 Legal Evidence and Trial Presentation
CJLS 247 Public Safety, Emergency Planning, and Response
CJLS 251 Specialized Investigations
PSYC 205 Principles of Psychology
SOCI 225
Winter Semester
CJLS 224  Mental Health
CJLS 241 Major Criminal Investigations
CJLS 246 Federal and Provincial Statutes
CJLS 257 Leadership and Development
SOCI 321  Youth Crime
One of CJLS 221 Investigative Techniques
CJLS 261 Intelligence, Espionage and Terrorism


The enforcement community encompasses a broad range of occupations in both government and private sectors. From government regulatory bodies to national security investigations, and specialized federal investigators to private security and consultants, the industry is extensive and growing. There are a large number of career opportunities with police agencies and studies have indicated that many agencies are in the process of replacing a large percentage of their staff in the immediate future. As a result of terrorist threats, there have been a substantial number of new opportunities created in private and government security.

Federal Corrections anticipates a need for 3,000 additional staff over the next five years. Customs, Immigration, and other specialized federal enforcement bodies continue to hire as demand warrants.

Our graduates have obtained employment with a wide range of private, municipal, provincial and federal agencies, including the RCMP, Municipal Police, Customs, Immigration, Military Police, Corrections, Solicitor General, Motor Transport, and private security providers.

Graduates of our program may apply to local, provincial, or federal police forces, other law enforcement agencies, and to federal agencies and corrections. However, you must apply to these agencies directly as Medicine Hat College does not supply graduates directly to any agency. It is imperative in this regard that you assess the hiring standards, especially the minimum physical qualifications such as eyesight, before expending extensive time concentrating on a law enforcement career.

A graduate of this program may find employment as a:

Canadian Intelligence Officer  Military Police Officer   Private/Corporate Investigator
 Correctional Officer  Parole Officer  Probation Officer
 Crime Analyst  Police Officer  Youth Worker (young offenders)
 Customs Officer  Policy Analyst (provincial and federal solicitor general departments)  Special Constable (solicitor general/justice/municipal departments)

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