Criminal Justice

The criminal justice major equips prospective criminal justice personnel to be knowledgeable about the criminal justice system in the United States, to be understanding of alternative approaches to conflict resolution and the pursuit of justice and to be prepared to pursue a value-based career in a criminal justice-related area.

Unique Features

  • Interdisciplinary in approach
  • Historical and contemporary in perspective
  • Informed by a Christian/Anabaptist worldview. 

Our Graduates

Graduates will be prepared to seek employment or pursue advanced study and will be able to provide service to society reflective of the values expressed in the Fresno Pacific Idea.


General Education Prerequisites

  • HIST-150 American Civilizations (4)
  • PS-120 American Politics and Society (4)
  • PSY-120 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • SOC-120 Introduction to Sociology (3)

General Education Focus Series

  • THEO-465 Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking (3)
  • VICT-350 Victims, Trauma and Recovery (4)

Required Courses (14 Courses, 39-43 Units)

Core Program (7 courses, 19-21 units)

  • PS-371 Amercian Law and Legal System (3)
  • PS-372 Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution (1)
  • PS-375 Criminal Justice in America (4)
  • PS-380 Social Problems and Public Policy (4)*
  • SOC-410 American Ethnicity and Pluralism (3)
  • SOC-430 Conflict Management and Resolution (3)
  • LEAD-476 Internship (1-3)*

*American Studies Program (15-16 units)

The American Studies Program (CCCU) in Washington, D.C. may be taken in place of LEAD-476. If the public policy track is taken, it replaces PS-380.

Breadth Program (7 courses, 20-22 units)

Select a minimum of 7 courses from the following:

  • CRIM-352 Criminology (3)
  • CRIM-362 Criminal Procedure (3)
  • CRIM-382 Juvenile Delinquency and Justice (3)
  • CRIM-392 Corrections (3)
  • PS-374 Legal Research and Writing (3)
  • PSY-350 Child Development (3)
  • PSY-355 Adolescent Development (3)
  • PSY-395 Social Psychology (3)
  • PSY-410 Abnormal Psychology (4)
  • SOC-350 Marriage and Family (3)
  • SW-390 Chemical Dependency Intervention (3)
  • SW-395 Studies in Domestic Violence (2)