|Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Criminology Diploma and Bachelor of Arts program combines in-class instruction with hands-on internship opportunities. Criminology students learn about criminal law, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and case-law decisions made by the courts. Students examine the three main components of the criminal justice system—police, courts and corrections. Students explore the trends and correlates of crime, including the influences of age, ethnicity, gender and social class. The program provides students with conceptual, critical and applied skills to work in fields with a legal/justice focus. The curriculum emphasizes the development of professional and applied skills including professional ethics, conflict mediation, use of information technology for research, writing, presenting, and working in small groups. Although the core of the curriculum is centred on justice-related issues, students will find the program applies equally to areas in the private sector where research competence, project management, legal analysis, and communication skills are essential.