Criminology, B.A.

Bachelor of Arts
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As a criminal justice 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

Career opportunities

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.

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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 (13 Units)

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 355Victimology3
CRIM 362Criminal Procedure3
CRIM 372Diversity and Crime3
CRIM 375Criminal Justice in America4
CRIM 382Juvenile Delinquncy and Justice3
CRIM 392Corrections3
CRIM 412Restorative Justice3
CRIM 422Statistics for Sociology and Criminology3
CRIM 476Internship3
PS 371American Law and Legal System3
THEO 465Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3

Breadth Program

Select a minimum of four courses from the following

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
COM 420Conflict Management and Resolution3
SOC 430Conflict Management and Resolution3

Program director

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

Associate Professor, Program Director, Criminal Justice