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Criminology, B.A.

School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences

When criminologists strive for restorative justice,
the possibilities are endless.

Criminology is the study of criminal justice practices. At Fresno Pacific, your studies will take you beyond the implementation of law enforcement to gain a deeper knowledge about crime and society.

Learn from faculty with global work experience who incorporate a Christian worldview. Gain practical experience and an opportunity for reflective assessment through an integrated practicum.

You’ll learn restorative approaches to justice as well as social and psychological theories on crime, criminals and society.

Program Highlights

  • Choose between face-to-face or fully online program options
  • Meet for class one night per week
  • Progress through the entire program with a cohort of 12-22 adult students
  • Engage diverse classmates from a variety of life stages and cultural backgrounds
  • Study under experienced faculty and who assign relevant coursework

Catalog

Program Director: Ray Nickson, J.D., Ph.D.

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminology is designed for adults who have an interest in criminology, restorative justice, and the issues of victims. The program equips students to be knowledgeable about crime and society with a view to careers in fields related to criminology. Class time and coursework focus on implementing approaches to justice and understanding the various social and psychological theories on crime, criminals and society. Candidates will also learn to incorporate the values of a Christian/Anabaptist worldview into their work.

Admissions Requirements

The Criminology program requires four years postsecondary experience, including two years of work experience.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. To exhibit clear and engaging communication regarding the criminal justice field. [USLO 1 & 2]
  2. To accurately describe the origins, nature and dynamics of conflict and crime from an interdisciplinary perspective.  [USLO 3 & 10]
  3. To analyze the various social, psychological and other theories on crime, criminals and society. [USLO 5]
  4. To examine the individual and collective needs of all participants in the criminal justice system, including victims, offenders, and the community. [USLO 4]
  5. To differentiate and evaluate the varied forms of conflict resolution and understandings of justice. [USLO 7 & 8]
  6. To articulate and apply the value of Christian/Anabaptist belief for the criminal justice field. [USLO 9]

Locations Offered

North Fresno and Visalia Campuses, and Fully Online

Program Length/Semester Starts

This is a scheduled, eighteen-month cohort program.

Lower Division Major Requirements

 These two courses are required in addition to the 39 units of cohort classes listed below. For additional information on General Education requirements for Degree Completion students visit: General Education: Degree Completion Students    

  • CRIM 210 - Criminal Justice Administration Credits 3
  • CRIM 220 - Criminal Law Credits 3

Required Courses (39 Units)

The following units must be earned at Fresno Pacific University:

  • BIB 314 - Jesus and the Christian Community Credits 3
  • BIB 449 - Biblical Perspectives for Criminology Credits 3
  • CRIM 350 - Theories of Criminology Credits 3
  • CRIM 356 - Victimology Credits 3
  • CRIM 360 - Criminal Procedure Credits 3
  • CRIM 370 - Diversity and Crime Credits 3
  • CRIM 382 - Juvenile Delinquency and Justice Credits 3
  • CRIM 390 - Corrections Credits 3
  • CRIM 414 - Restorative Justice Credits 3
  • CRIM 418 - Conflict Transformation Credits 3
  • CRIM 420 - Criminology Statistics Credits 3
  • CRIM 440 - Issues in Criminal Law Credits 3
  • CRIM 496A - Criminology and Restorative Justice Studies Project I Credits 1
  • CRIM 496B - Criminology and Restorative Justice Studies Project II Credits 1
  • CRIM 496C - Criminology and Restorative Justice Studies Project III Credits 1

Electives

Elective units as needed to meet the Bachelor of Arts minimum. This requirement may be met through allowable college coursework, Advanced Placement exams, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate exams, and Military or ACE credit.

Possibilities Await
With an FPU Education

You already have a lot going on in your life, which is why our degree completion programs are designed to meet you where you are. You'll be surrounded by other students who will support and encourage you, by faculty mentors who are invested in your success, by opportunities to connect what you learn in the classroom to the real world, and by connections to the employers who will help you move forward in your career.

First Steps to Admission

  • Submit an application for admission (online or visit campus for a paper application)
    * There is a $40 application fee, which may be waived if you meet with a representative.
  • Request official transcripts from previously attended colleges, universities and high schools and send electronically to trans.evaluator@fresno.edu
    • GED Transcripts OR any AA, AS, AS-T, AA-T from an accredited College or University as proof of High School graduation
    • This includes any military transcripts you may have, along with your military release forms (DD214).​​
  • Complete the FAFSA as early as October 1. (FAFSA Code: 001253)
    Enroll in the minimum number of units per semester to qualify for loans.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Student Financial Services Advisor 559-453-2041 sfs@fresno.edu

Requirements

  • 2 years of post-secondary experience
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units
  • Check your specific program's requirements

*Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements may be considered for admission by the Admission Selection Committee. Additional documents may be required. Please ask your Admission Representative for details.

Program Requirements

  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units
  • Two years post-secondary experience

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

Administration of Justice (AS-T) to Criminology, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • CRIM 210     Criminal Justice Administration (3)
    • CRIM 220     Criminal Law (3)
  • All BA major courses are upper-division and are completed at FPU.
  • This program is offered as evening accelerated or online accelerated

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Transfer Agreements

The following guidelines are used when considering transfer credit:

  • Courses completed at a regionally or ABHE, ATS, TRACS, or AARTS accredited institution
  • Baccalaureate-level courses
  • Grade of C- or better
  • Courses are not duplicate to credit already received
  • All GE and major courses must be taken for a letter grade, not pass/fail
  • No lab is required for Area 5 Physical & Biological Sciences
  • Some majors have lower division prerequisites. Select an institution below to see the school's general education and lower division major requirements

View full transfer policy Find agreements for your school State Fire Training Agreement

*Transfer Agreements are only a tool. Transfer work is not considered official until it has been evaluated by the FPU Registrar’s Office.

Non-traditional Admission

Steps for Re-admission

To reenter into the Degree Completion program within 5 years of last enrollment, the student will need to complete the Degree Completion Re-admission Form. An academic advisor will determine if the student may reenter and if any conditions apply for readmission. The student will be charged at the current tuition rate for any course repeated.

*Note: If student is readmitting after 5 years of last enrollment, the student will need to refer to “First Steps to Admission".

Steps for Non-matriculated Admission

The non-matriculated application is for people who are interested in taking baccalaureate classes through the Degree Completion program, but are not seeking to be admitted into that program. Students must complete this Non-matriculated Application Form only once in order to be qualified to take courses. Applicants must also meet the two-year post-secondary experience requirement to take these courses. Financial Aid is not available, and the course limit is six units per semester with a limit of two semesters total.

For more information, or for help filling out this application, please contact Graduate and Degree Completion Admissions at (559) 453-3690.

Two-year Graduation Guarantee

FPU Degree Completion program guarantees you can complete your degree in just two years. If you meet the qualification requirements, fulfill your responsibilities under the program, and are unable to complete your major in a 2-yr. period, FPU will assume all additional tuition costs needed to complete your undergraduate degree.

Incoming requirements
  • Have at least 60 transferable units 
  • Have at least a 2.4 transfer GPA
Student responsibilities
To qualify for the guarantee students must:
  • Have most of your general education courses complete
  • Enroll in an average of 15 units per semester; not including repeated courses.
  • Remain in good academic standing by maintaining an institutional grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Enroll in the required number of consecutive semesters: 3-4 semesters depending on number of units transferred in
  • Make up units for any failed courses during the guarantee period, which may require you to take more than 15 units per semester.
  • Fulfill all graduation requirements, including core curriculum, major/minor requirements, and upper division course work requirements.
    • Two Year Guarantee: complete enough upper division courses to have at least 40 upper division units by the end of the 4-semester timeframe.
    • Take all required courses during the semester recommended by your Academic Advisor.
  • Register for all upcoming courses during the registration period.
* If you are transferring to FPU from the California Community College system with an AA-T or AS-T, your FPU lower-division general education [GE] requirements may be fulfilled. 

Two-Year Transfer Guarantee for ADT Pathways

FPU guarantees a student with an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) from the California Community College system, can complete their degree in just two years. If a student meets the qualification requirements, fulfills the responsibilities under the program, and are unable to complete their major in a 2-year period, FPU will assume all additional tuition costs needed to complete their undergraduate degree at FPU.

Incoming requirements
  • 60 transferable units [grades of C- or better] from the California Community College system with a completed ADT (Associate Degree for Transfer)
  • Selected an ADT matched (similar) pathway from FPU’s undergraduate degree programs
  • Have completed the necessary pre-requisites in the discipline specific to intended major
  • Have at least a 2.4 transfer GPA
Student responsibilities
To qualify for the guarantee students must:
  • Enroll in an average of 15- 18 units per semester; not including repeated courses.
  • Remain in good academic standing by maintaining an institutional grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Enroll in the required number of consecutive semesters: 3-4 semesters depending on number of units transferred in
  • Make up units for any failed or withdrawn courses during the guarantee period, which may require you to take more than 15-18 units per semester
    • For TUG you may have to enroll in a summer semester.
  • Fulfill all graduation requirements, including core curriculum, major requirements, and upper division course work requirements.
    • Two Year Guarantee: complete enough upper division courses to have at least 40 upper division units by the end of the 4-semester time frame.
  • Take all required courses during the semester recommended by your Academic Advisor.
  • Register for all upcoming courses during the registration period.
  • Any courses from a Community College with “D+” or lower are non-transferable and require additional courses and semesters to graduate.
  • This guarantee may not apply to students starting in a spring or summer semester start (TUG only).
  • This guarantee is limited to basic graduation requirements: 120 minimum units including general education, upper-level and elective courses sufficient for a single major.

State Authorization

State authorization is a federal requirement in the HigherEducation Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which online programs are offered. Fresno Pacific University works regularly with individual state authorization agencies to meet each state's requirements. Currently, Fresno Pacific University has received authorization to offer online degree programs in all but six states: Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

For the latest updates on the status of FPU's authorization in your state, contact your FPU Admissions representative.

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in education your journey. We can help you find all the possible opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Financial Aid

2022-23
Tuition per Unit Amount
SW, ECD, LA, BM, OL, EMGT, PMGT $530
HCA, RN to BSN, CIS, CRIM, CML $505
General Ed and Electives $530
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $100
2021-22
Tuition per Unit Amount
SW, ECD, LA, BM, OL $520
HCA, RN to BSN, CIS, CRIM, CML $495
General Ed and Electives $520
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $100

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary. 

Types of aid

Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.

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Alexandra Green

Mathematics

The grants, the academic awards, the transfer scholarship – all of it makes it so much more affordable to attend FPU. I know that school isn’t cheap for anyone, but FPU helped me realize that I could actually come to this school because they were going to help me so much financially.

Career Opportunities

Criminal justice is a fast-growing field, and many agencies require a bachelor’s degree for career advancement. With several courses focused on the legal system, this degree also serves as a comprehensive pre-law program.

Career Possibilities

  • Law enforcement officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Probation officer
  • Paralegal
  • Social services provider

Career Development Happens Here

The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

Visit the Career Development Center