Criminology - Law Enforcement Option, B.S.
Department of Criminology
Emma Hughes, Chair
Science II Building, Room 159
Degrees and Programs Offered
BS in Criminology - Victimology Option, B.S.
BS in Criminology - Corrections Option, B.S.
BS in Criminology - Law Enforcement Option, B.S. - Continuing & Global Education
BS in Criminology - Law Enforcement Option, B.S.
BS in Criminology - Forensic Behavioral Sciences, B.S.
CERT in Homeland Security, Certificate of Adv Study - Continuing & Global Education
MN in Criminology, Minor
MS in Criminology, M.S.
The 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, juvenile justice, and forensic behavioral sciences. The department offers the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and a minor. The department will not accept a student with a GPA less than 2.0 as an undergraduate major.
Criminology courses at the undergraduate level include integration of theoretical
and applied materials of an interdisciplinary nature. The undergraduate curriculum
is designed to prepare students for beginning professional work in criminal justice
and to provide preparation for graduate work.
The corrections option is designed for students interested in careers in probation, parole, correctional institutions, and other affiliated forms of work. The law enforcement option is designed for students interested in careers with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, or law enforcement careers within the private sector. The victimology option is designed for students interested in careers in domestic violence programs, rape counseling programs, victim/witness programs, or other victim-related programs at the local, state, or federal level; these programs can either be criminal justice based or community based. The Forensic Behavioral Sciences option prepares students interested in traditional criminal justice careers. However, it is also designed for students who are interested in the application of other behavioral sciences - such as psychology, anthropology, and linguistics - to the criminal justice system. An internship course is required in corrections, law enforcement, and victimology options.
The Master of Science degree in Criminology is a 30-unit, flexible program which provides a solid core in the field of criminology while permitting students to pursue specialized areas of interest. The master's program is designed to prepare students for service and responsible administrative and professional positions in agencies in the criminal justice system. The master's program also prepares students for a wide variety of occupations including in-service education; administrative education and management; community college teaching; predoctoral studies; and research.
Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
A grade of C or higher is required for all courses to be counted toward the major (excluding CR/NC classes).
1. Criminology - Law Enforcement Option major requirements (49 units)
Electives (6 units)
Any course offered by the Criminology Department that is not already required by the option, or any of the following courses: AFRS 146, CLAS 120, PHIL 121, and PAX 100, or any other suitable course with permission from the department
2. General Education requirements (49 units)
3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor
5. Total units (120)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.
The criminology department consists of 16 full-time faculty members whose expertise includes numerous specialties in the criminal justice system, including corrections, counseling, victimology, juvenile delinquency, theory, legal studies, supervision and management, and criminal justice administration. Various part-time faculty members from major criminal justice agencies also instruct in the department.
B.S. in Criminology - Law Enforcement Option
A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.
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The 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, forensic behavioral sciences, and victimology/victim services.
What You Can Earn
- Police Patrol Officer: $51,651 (our region)
- Fraud Investigation Officer: $56,777 (our region)
- Correctional Officer: $40,838 (our region)
Source: HR Reported data on salary.com as of December 2012
What You Can Do
Pursue Careers In:
- •Welfare fraud
- Industrial security
- Victim services
- State Police
- Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
- Alcohol Beverage Control
- California Youth Authority
- Office of Criminal Justice Planning
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Fish and Game Department
- Border Patrol
- Secret Service
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
- Park Service
- Customs and Immigration
- Federal prisons
- Children and Family Services
- Coroner's Office
- Juvenile Detention Facilities
- District Attorney Investigations
- Public Defender Investigations
- Highway Patrol
- Social Services
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- Marshals Service
- Internal Revenue Service
- Local Police
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- Crime and Violence in America
- Forensic Science
- Community-Based and Institutional Corrections
- Victim Services
- Administration of Justice
- Criminal Law
- Professionalism in Criminal Justice
- Juvenile Delinquency
- Criminal Justice Counseling
- Family Violence
- Alcohol, Drugs and Criminality
- Psychology of Crime
- Trauma and Crisis Intervention
- Internships in Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Victimology
- Homeland Security
What You Can Learn
- The composition, manufacture, use, and misuse of drugs and their relationship to criminality
- The psychological bases of criminal behavior
- Typology and history of family abuse
- Crimes' causal factors, agencies of justice, treatment processes, and programs for control and prevention of juvenile delinquency
About the College
The College of Social Sciences studies the human experience, including the depth of the past and the breadth of the entire planet.
We place emphasis on learning practical skills to aid you in your career. Our students do internships, participate in archaeological digs, or do service-learning projects with a non-profit agency. Students can assist on research projects or organize a social change project.
Whatever a student's major, they enjoy our witty and talented faculty and our caring staff as they discover our social world.
College Contact Information
Phone: (559) 278-3013
FAX: (559) 278-7664
5340 N. Campus Drive MS/SS91
Fresno CA 93740-8019
Department Contact Info
Science II, Area C - Room 159
2576 E San Ramon, MS/ST104
Fresno CA 93740-8029