How to Apply

  • After reading the Honors Program guidelines, if you believe you qualify, please apply during the Spring semester for the following academic year.
  • The application will be available in the Criminology Department office (Science II, Room 159) during the month of February.
Honors Graduates

Honors Program

Be one of a select cohort of students who will graduate with a B.S. in Criminology with an Honors distinction.

The Benefits of the Honors Distinction Include:

  • Priority registration
  • Select courses for Honors students only
  • Consideration for special internship assignments
  • Extended library privileges

Benefits at Graduation:

  • Statement of Honors status on permanent transcript and diploma
  • Inscribed Smittcamp Bronze Medallion awarded at an Honors ceremony
  • Special recognition at convocation and commencement

Students will attend seminars with other Honors students on specialized topics.  Students accepted into the Honors program may have an opportunity to work one-on-one with specialists in the field of Criminology to conduct research, make national conference presentations, and publish scholarly articles.

Admission Considerations:

  • Apply for Honors status as a Fresno State second semester sophomore student or as a transfer student (in the Spring semester prior to transfer). Preferential consideration will be given to students who display exceptional academic, extracurricular, and community service performance prior to their junior year.
  • A minimum of 3.5 GPA required prior to admission to the Honors Program

Application Period:

Applications are emailed to eligible Fresno State Criminology students early in the Spring semester.  If you have questions, please check with the Criminology Department (Science II, Room 159) or by email at  Transfer students are encouraged to contact the Criminology Department at the beginning of the Spring semester before the transfer.

 Requirements for Successful Completion of the Honors Program:

  • Maintain an overall cumulative GPA, and overall major GPA, of 3.5 or higher each semester while enrolled in the program.
  • Complete four required Honors courses. Typically students will complete Honors versions of CRIM 100 and CRIM 170 as well as two courses of CRIM 160H
  • Maintain a full-time course load of 12 credits or more