Criminal Justice, B.A.

Bachelor of Arts
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Seeking justice in the world today requires both skill and knowledge of our legal system, as well as a broad understanding of society. As a criminal justice major at Fresno Pacific University, you will be equipped with and understanding, as well as a background in alternative methods for conflict resolution and the pursuit of justice. Through study that is interdisciplinary in approach, historical and contemporary in perspective and informed by a Christian/Anabaptist worldview, you will be prepared to pursue a value-based career in a criminal justice.


  • Professors on the cutting edge of restorative justice studies
  • Interdisciplinary in approach, giving you a broad perspective of criminal justice
  • Networking opportunities with local professionals in the criminal justice system
  • Preparation for admission to law school

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the major, you will be prepared to seek employment in a range of fields or pursue advanced study, and to provide service to society reflective of the values expressed in the Fresno Pacific Idea. Careers in law, criminal justice and mediation are just a few of your employment opportunities.

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisites

HIST 150American Civilization4
PS 120American Politics and Society3
PSY 120General Psychology3
SOC 120Introduction to Sociology3

Required Courses (42-56 Units)

Core Program
CRIM 352Criminology3
CRIM 355Victims, Trauma and Recovery3
CRIM 362Criminal Procedure3
CRIM 372Diversity and Crime3
CRIM 375Criminal Justice in America4
CRIM 412Restorative Justice3
CRIM 422Statistics for Sociology and Criminology3
CRIM 476Internship3
PS 371American Law and Legal System3
SOC 430Conflict Management and Resolution3
THEO 465Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3
Breadth Program

Select a minimum of four courses from the following

CRIM 382Juvenile Delinquency and Justice3
CRIM 392Corrections3
PS 372Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution1
PS 374Legal Research and Writing3
PS 380Social Problems and Public Policy4
PSY 350Child Development3
PSY 355Adolescent Development3
PSY 395Social Psychology3
PSY 410Abnormal Psychology4
SOC 350Marriage and Family3
SW 390Chemical Dependency Intervention3
SW 395Studies in Domestic Violence2

Program director

Ray Nickson, Ph.D.
Ray Nickson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice