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Welcome to the Department of Criminology!

The Department of Criminology strives to provide the highest quality of support and services to students pursuing a degree in the Criminal Justice field. 

Students enrolled in the Criminology degree will be equipped with the necessary tools needed for victim advocacy, understanding laws and legal systems, and the utilization of Behavioral Sciences in criminal justice settings such as probation, parole, jails, and prisons.

Our courses aim to provide a dynamic, informative, and hands-on learning experience for students to utilize and transition into their prospective career fields.

Why Criminology? 

The Department of Criminology at Fresno State provides undergraduate education in Criminology for students planning professional careers in the criminal justice field. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminology is diversified and integrated, reflecting the wide range of employment opportunities in the field. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Forensic Behavioral Sciences is designed for students who are interested in the application of the behavioral sciences (e.g., Psychology, Anthropology, Linguistics, etc.) to the criminal justice system. Students who earn a B.S. in Forensic Behavioral Sciences will also be prepared for traditional criminal justice careers.

What we have to offer:

Explore the four different options our department offers in the Undergraduate Degree Options tab to learn more about how you can align your education to a career with programs offered through the Department of Criminology. These options include: Corrections, Forensic Behavioral Sciences (FBS), Law Enforcement, and Victimology. 

Programs offered in the department include: Academic Certificates, CRIM 180I Internships, Honors Program, Mock Trial, CRIM-108 (Directed Policing through the Fresno County Sheriff's Department), CRIM 120S Service Learning Program, the Forensic Behavioral Science Research Lab (FBS Lab), and the FBS 157 Interrogation Event held each semester!

Interested in a Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminology?

The Department of Criminology offers an exciting and competitive Graduate Program! Click here for more information.

Have you ever wanted to study abroad? Find out how you can travel to another country to experience its culture and learn how its Administration of Justice operates by visiting our section.

Scholarship Information

Fall 2024 Permission Number Request Form: 

Please click on this link to fill out a permission number request.

Please note, Permission numbers for CRIM 180I will be handled through Dr. Schweizer. Please visit the CRIM 180I tab on the ribbon for more information.