Degrees and Programs

Students walking across campusThe Department of Criminology provides undergraduate and graduate education in criminology for students planning professional careers in the criminal justice field. The program is diversified and integrated, reflecting the wide range of job opportunities in the field, including direct service and administration in law enforcement, corrections, victimology/victim services, and juvenile justice.

The department offers the Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Science degree, and a minor. The department will not accept a student with a GPA less than 2.0 as an undergraduate major.

Off-Campus (Distance Learning) Degree Program

The department offers its Bachelors Degree via compressed video at the university satellite campuses located at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California and West Hills College in Lemoore, California.

The Bachelor's Degree is also offered at law enforcement facilities in the City of Fresno. More information is available here.

Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies

The department is a partner in the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies (JCVVS), which is a collaborative university-based partnership between the Fresno State, University of New Haven, and Washburn Universities. The JCVVS provides education, professional development, and consultation to criminal justice agencies throughout the Valley and the United States. The JCVVS offers intensive seminars in areas of interest to working professionals. Some of these areas may include: victim services, drug abuse, alternative sentencing, juvenile justice, exclusionary rule, crime prevention, and industrial security. For more information go to: