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Welcome to the Department of Criminology!

Congratulations Class of 2020! The Criminology Department faculty have put together this video for you!

 Recent Updates

  • The Department of Criminology is proud to announce that Assistant Professor Dr. James Pitts has accepted an invitation to join the Fresno Commission for Police Reform. This commission was created by the Fresno City Council on June 11th of this year and was charged with providing recommendations for police reform to the city. The commission’s membership was announced by the Fresno Bee in the link below. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Pitts on this very important appointment. - storylink=mainstage_card2
  • Professors Clement, Kieckhaefer, and Marshall, with help from Outstanding Criminology Undergraduate Student Nuvia Garcia, finished a several year long grant project with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). This program evaluation examined how various contraband interdiction programs influenced drugs and other illegal items, violence, and visitation at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF) and State Prison in Corcoran.

About our Programs

The Department of Criminology at Fresno State provides undergraduate and graduate education in Criminology and Forensic Behavioral Sciences for students planning professional and academic careers in the criminal justice field. Our curriculum is diversified and integrated, reflecting the wide range of employment opportunities, including in direct service and administration in Corrections, Forensic Behavioral Sciences, Law Enforcement, and Victimology.

Explore our website to learn more about how you can align your education to a career with programs offered through the Department of Criminology.

Dog Days, Summer 2020 packet (click here)

 Programs offered include:

Get involved! The Department of Criminology has two student organizations:

Lambda Alpha Epsilon (Phi Omega Alpha chapter) is a unique Professional Co-Ed Criminology Fraternity.
Alpha Phi Sigma (The National Criminal Justice Honors society) is the nationally recognized honor society for students in the field of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Both of these student organizations attend academic field trips and conferences that support their organization's mission and goals.

For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), which provides detailed answers to a wide variety of student questions.

Interested in adding Criminology as a Major or Minor, or Forensic Behavioral Sciences as a Major or Minor?
Please contact the College of Social Sciences Advising Center.