As a criminology major at Fresno Pacific University, you will study the most pressing issues facing our communities. Whether you’re learning about environmental crimes or studying serial killers, you'll gain an understanding of human behavior as you learn alternative methods for conflict resolution in the pursuit of justice. Through study that is interdisciplinary in approach, taught by faculty with global work experience, you’ll learn how anthropology, sociology, and economics inform how we view crime. You'll be empowered to make a tangible difference in your community with research projects and internship opportunities that are relevant to current events.
- Interdisciplinary in approach, giving you a broad perspective of criminal justice
- Preparation for law school and graduate studies
- Networking opportunities with local professionals in the criminal justice system
- Internship opportunities available from the District Attorney’s office to TSA
Upon completion of the major, you will be prepared to seek employment in a range of fields or pursue advanced study and provide service to society. Careers in law enforcement, victim advocacy and criminal justice are just a few of your employment opportunities. This major will also equip and prepare you for admission to law school.
Transferring to Fresno Pacific
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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 (13 Units)
Students must take both:
|Criminal Law and|
Criminal Justice Administration
Students must choose one from:
|American Politics and Society|
or General Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
or Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Required Courses (46-51 Units)
|CRIM 362||Criminal Procedure||3|
|CRIM 372||Diversity and Crime||3|
|CRIM 382||Juvenile Delinquency and Justice||3|
|CRIM 412||Restorative Justice||3|
|CRIM 422||Statistics for Sociology and Criminology||3|
|CRIM 442||Issues in Criminal Law||3|
|THEO 465||Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking||3|
Select a minimum of four courses, at least two of which must be CRIM-coded, from the following
|CRIM 410||Criminal Evidence||3|
|CRIM 486||Topics: Criminology||1 - 3|
|PS 372||Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution||1|
|PS 373||Nature, Law and Policy||3|
|PS 374||Legal Research and Writing||3|
|PS 380||Social Problems and Public Policy||4|
|PS 440||Human Rights & International Law||4|
|PSY 350||Child Development||3|
|PSY 355||Adolescent Development||3|
|PSY 395||Social Psychology||3|
|PSY 410||Abnormal Psychology||4|
|SOC 346||Human Trafficking: Perspectives and Interventions||3|
|SOC 350||Marriage and Family||3|
|SOC 370||Media and Society||3|
|SOC 400||Social Psychology||3|
|SOC 410||American Ethnicity and Pluralism||3|
|SOC 430||Conflict Management and Resolution||3|
|SW 390||Chemical Dependency Intervention||3|
|SW 395||Studies in Domestic Violence||2|
Ray Nickson, Ph.D.