• Fresno police officer in uniform meets with FPU student in office and exchanges notes

Focus on the study of criminal justice practices rather than the implementation of law enforcement in this program, which incorporates the values of a Christian worldview into a deeper knowledge about crime and society. You’ll gain an understanding of restorative approaches to justice, as well as the social and psychological theories on crime, criminals and society. A practicum is integrated throughout the program providing you with hands–on experience and an opportunity for reflective assessment.


  • A challenging and supportive academic environment
  • Cohort groups meet face-to-face one night a week
  • Several of the program courses will be offered on-line
  • Cohort of 7-20 adults progress through the program together
  • Experienced faculty and assignments that apply to everyday life
  • Students come from a variety of workplace and cultural backgrounds
  • Gain a new perspective on law enforcement and criminal justice

Career opportunities

Criminal justice is a fast-growing field of study and employment. Many agencies require a bachelor’s degree for career advancement. Our graduates are prepared for a wide range of careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, the paralegal field, administration and social services. With several courses focused on the legal system, this degree serves as a comprehensive pre-law program

Program director

Greg Zubacz
Gregory Zubacz, J.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Program Director, Criminology and Restorative Justice

Admission requirements

  • Application form
  • $40 fee (fee is waived for those attending an information meeting)
  • Official high school transcripts
  • GED or AA/AS degree
  • Official college transcripts


  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA

Course listing

General Education 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 210Criminal Justice Administration3
CRIM 220Criminal Law3

Required Courses (39 Units)

The following units must be earned at Fresno Pacific University

BIB 314Jesus and the Christian Community3
BIB 449Biblical Perspectives for Criminology3
CRIM 350Theories of Criminology3
CRIM 360Criminal Procedure3
CRIM 370Diversity and Crime3
CRIM 410Criminal Evidence3
CRIM 420Criminology Statistics3
CRIM 440Advanced Criminal Law3
CRIM 496ACriminology and Restorative Justice Studies Project I1
CRIM 496BCriminology and Restorative Justice Studies Project II1
CRIM 496CCriminology and Restorative Justice Studies Project III1
PACS 410Restorative Justice3
PACS 440Conflict Transformation3
VICT 351Victim Recovery3
VICT 420Victimology3


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, Military or ACE credit and Prior Learning Assessment.