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Department of Criminology
The College of Social Sciences
BERNADETTE T. MUSCAT, Chair
Science II Building, Room 159
Bernadette T. Muscat, Chair
R. Thomas Dull
John P.J. Dussich
Eric W. Hickey
Jerome E. Jackson
Kenneth James Ryan
H. Otto Schweizer
Steven D. Walker
Arthur V. N. Wint
The criminology department consists of 13 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.
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.
Off-Campus Degree Program
The department offers its B.S. via compressed video at the university
satellite campuses located at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California
and West Hills College in Lemoore, California. This degree is also offered
at law enforcement facilities in the city of Fresno.
Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies
The Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies (JCVVS), an inter-university
consortium of California State University, Fresno, Washburn University,
and the University of New Haven, addresses issues of violence and victimization.
The Center offers professional development, consultation, education, training,
and research and analysis to students and working professionals locally
The Criminology Department consists of 13 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. Part-time faculty members from major criminal justice agencies also instruct in the department.
Many diversified local, state, federal, and private agencies employ our
graduates in criminal justice. On the local level, career opportunities
exist at municipal police departments, county sheriffs' offices, probation
departments, halfway and pre-lease houses, group homes, crisis centers,
juvenile halls, welfare fraud units, retail, industrial security agencies,
and victim services organizations. At the state level, career opportunities
include the State Police, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation,
Alcohol and Beverage Control, Office of Criminal Justice Planning, Department
of Motor Vehicles, Departments of Justice, Fish and Game, and Forestry.
Federal opportunities include the Border Patrol, FBI, Secret Service, Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms, Internal Revenue Service, Park Service, Customs, Immigration,
federal prisons, and Office for Victims of Crime.