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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

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.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

Come and experience the FPU community and finish your degree with us! Visit our Transfer page to learn more about transferring or connect with a Transfer Specialist to ensure your transition to FPU is as smooth as possible.

Transfer to FPU

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 (9 Units)

Students must take both

CRIM 220 and
CRIM 210
Criminal Law and
Criminal Justice Administration

Students must choose one from

PS 120
PSY 120
or SOC 120
or SOC 205
American Politics and Society
or General Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
or Culture and Society
or 3
or 3
or 3

Required Courses (46-51 Units)

Core Program

CRIM 352Criminology3
CRIM 355Victimology3
CRIM 362Criminal Procedure3
CRIM 372Diversity and Crime3
CRIM 382Juvenile Delinquency and Justice3
CRIM 392Corrections3
CRIM 412Restorative Justice3
CRIM 422Statistics for Sociology and Criminology3
CRIM 442Issues in Criminal Law3
CRIM 476Internship3
THEO 465Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3

Breadth Program

Select a minimum of four courses, at least two of which must be CRIM-coded, from the following

CRIM 410Criminal Evidence3
CRIM 486Topics: Criminology1 - 3
PS 372Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution1
PS 373Nature, Law and Policy3
PS 374Legal Research and Writing3
PS 380Social Problems and Public Policy4
PS 440Human Rights & International Law4
PSY 350Child Development3
PSY 355Adolescent Development3
PSY 395Social Psychology3
PSY 410Abnormal Psychology4
SOC 346Human Trafficking: Perspectives and Interventions3
SOC 350Marriage and Family3
SOC 370Media and Society3
SOC 400Social Psychology3
SOC 410American Ethnicity and Pluralism3
SOC 430Conflict Management and Resolution3
SW 390Chemical Dependency Intervention3
SW 395Studies in Domestic Violence2

Program director

Photo of Ray Nickson, Ph.D.

Ray Nickson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Criminology