BA Criminal Justice:


Police Science


The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a specialty in Police Science reflects a holistic, rights-centered, evidence-based approach to policing. As such, it is intentionally built along the fault line of the due process – crime control debate. Key issues in patrol, investigation, human rights and community relations have been placed throughout the breadth of the programme to encourage broad discussions, critical thinking and real world applications. The programme has been carefully designed for existing law enforcement agents as well as those interested in the ever growing field of policing. The programme’s emphasis on empiricism and best practice in policing makes it an attractive option for those involved or interested in criminal justice policy. The programme is vocationally oriented and undergirded with theory, as such, it is expected to produce informed, efficient and relevant criminal justice practitioners.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).



    Contact Admissions

    4 Years (FT)
    5-6 Years (PT)

    City/ South


    CORR 210 Probation and Parole 3 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    CRIM 125 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 LIBS 130 Fundamentals of Research Skills 3
    CRIM 160 Foundations of Criminal Justice Research 3 COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3
    CRIM 200 Victimology 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math 3
    CRIM 230 Criminology 3 SOCI 102 Introduction to the Study of Society 3
    CRIM 240 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3 PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behavior and Diversity 3
    LAWW 130 Caribbean Legal Systems 3 STAT 120 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
    LAWW 135 Constitutional Law 3 SPAN 100 Introduction to Spanish 3
    LAWW 140 Criminal Law 3 ENGL 200 Comparative Literature 3
    CRIM 320 Juvenile Justice 3 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
    CRIM 360 Criminal Justice Research Methods 3 RELI 205 Comparative Religion 3
    CRIM 480 Research Project 4 Total Core Curriculum Credits 33
    Total Credits in Major Area of Study 37 SUPPORT COURSES
    SPECIALIZATION COURSES SOWK 116 Introduction to Social Work 3
    POLC 127 Introduction to Law Enforcement  3 Total Support Course Credits 3
    POLC 210 Crime Mapping  3 FREE ELECTIVE COURSES
    CORR 220 Police and Community Relations 3 Choose four (4) courses from the list below but no more than two level one courses
    POLC 220 Comparative Policing 3 PSYC 122 Foundations in Psychology 3
    POLC 320 The Patrol Function 3 PSYC 212 Life Span Development 3
    POLC 340 Investigative Function 3 PSYC 205 Social Psychology 3
    POLC 410 Police Management 3 SOWK 122 Case Work Practice for Social Work 3
    CORR 415 Criminal Justice Seminar 3 SOWK 124 Social Work with Children and Families 3
    Total Credits Required for Specialization 24 SOWK 218 Group Work Practice for Social Work 3
    CRIMINAL JUSTICE GUIDED ELECTIVES SOWK 319 Community Intervention for Social Work Practice 3
    Choose any three (3) courses from the list below, at least one (1) course must be a three or four PSYC 122 Foundations in Psychology 3
    CRIM 135 Introduction to Forensics 3 SOBE 135 Understanding Culture, Communication and Conflict 3
    CORR 127 Introduction to Corrections 3 SOBE 207 Basic Counselling Skills 3
    CRIM 245 Introduction to Counter Terrorism 3 SOBE 247 Introduction to Addiction Studies 3
    CORR 220 Restorative Justice 3 SOBE 322 Intervention for Non-Chemical Dependency 3
    CORR 310 Law and the Institutional Treatment of the Offender 3 SOBE 326 Prevention and Intervention for Addictive Behaviours 3
    CORR 330 Comparative Correctional Systems 3 SOBE 335 Introduction to Conflict Resolution 3
    CORR 340 Community Corrections 3 SOCI 250 Exploring Caribbean Social Problems 3
    CORR 360 Rehabilitation of the Offender 3 MGMT 125 Principles of Management 3
    CORR 410 Correctional Management 3 HURM 120 Introduction to Industrial Relations 3
    CORR 415 Criminal Justice Seminar 3 MGMT 210 Introduction to Project Management 3
    CRIM 430 Crime and the Media 3 MGMT 300 Organizational Behaviour 3
    POLC 300 Police Operations 3 LAWW 215 Contract Law 3
    Total Credits for Criminal Justice Electives 9 LAWW 216 Family Law 3
    LAWW 218 Tort Law 3
    Any three (3) credits course offered by the College 3
    Total Credits from Free Electives Courses 15

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To be awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice: Police Science, students must successfully complete 121 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 37 credits
    Specialization courses in major area of study 24 credits
    Total Credits in Major Area of Study 61 credits
    Core curriculum courses 33 credits
    Support courses 3 credits
    Criminal Justice guided elective courses 9 credits
    Free elective courses 15 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 121 credits

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