Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Advising

What is my catalog year?

You can find your catalog year listed near the beginning of your DARS report. The catalog year determines what courses you need to complete in order to fulfill graduation requirements. The catalog year is based on three factors:

  • The catalog in effect at the time a student enters a California community college or a campus of the California State University system.
  • The catalog in effect at the time a student enters California State University, Fresno. 
  • The catalog in effect at the time the student applies to graduate from California State University, Fresno.

If you have had an interruption of studies of one academic year or more, your catalog year will change to the year that you resumed your studies; this applies to all students, transfers and non-transfers. It is important to be aware of your catalog year. From time-to-time, the Department of Criminology, or the University, may change the graduation requirements for incoming students. However, current students continue to follow the requirements for their own catalog year.

When do I need to see an advisor?

The Department of Criminology does online advising to help streamline the process of students receiving timely advising assistance and to lift advising holds. All holds (except Second-Semester Freshman Advising holds, which are lifted by the university) will be lifted through this process. Students will be notified about this process via e-mail and the Criminology Listserv.

Online advising is available through Blackboard under "My Organizations" where you will see a group called Criminology Student Advising. There are five (5) advising modules that you will need to complete in order to earn your Certificate of Completion. 

Please note that upon completion of the online advising and receipt of the Certificate of Completion, if you still need to see a faculty member for advising, you must bring your current detailed DARS report, your online advising Certificate of Completion and your student file from the Department of Criminology to that meeting. Faculty members will not see students without these items.

When is it mandatory that I must see an advisor?

It is mandatory for students to see a faculty member at the following times:

1)  Second semester Freshman
2)  Before completing 60 units
3)  After completing 60 units, but before completing 75 units
4)  First semester transfer students
5)  After 90 units (students receiving financial aid only)
6)  After 120 units (students receiving financial aid only)
7)  Super Seniors (students who have completed 140 units or higher)
8)  When a student is on Academic Probation or Academic Disqualification
9)  Anytime that you have a University and/or Department form(s) that requires a faculty and/or Department Chair signature

*Students may complete Criminology Online Advising to lift holds 2-9.

Please note: The Department of Criminology does not clear Second Semester Freshman advising holds. Students will be given information on how to lift this hold by the University.

I have an advising hold, how can that be lifted?

Holds 2-9 (see above) can be lifted by completing Criminology Online Advising. To find out information on lifting a Second semester Freshman advising hold, please visit the Advising Services website or call Advising Services at 559-278-1787.

What is the campus policy on repeating courses?

Undergraduate students are limited to 28 repeated units during their undergraduate career.

  • 16 of the 28 units can be used for a grade substitution.
  • 12 of the 28 units can be used for grade averaging.
  • Undergraduate students may repeat courses only if they earn grades lower than a "C."
  • Students may not repeat a course required for their major more than 3 times.

What is the difference between a grade substitution and grade averaging?

Grade substitution is the circumstance in which the new grade replaces the former grade (see policy on grade substitution). Grade substitution is not applicable to courses for which the original grade was the result of a finding of academic dishonesty.

A grade substitution allows a student to retake a failed course for a better grade. Students may only retake a course a maximum of three times. Once the student passes the course, then the new grade will replace the old failed grade in the GPA calculation. It is important to note that each failed attempt will remain on the official transcript and only one grade replacement will count. For example, if you fail a class, retake the class and fail it a second time, the third and final passing grade will only replace one of the previous class failing grades. Students may only take a grade replacement for which they received a D or an F grade. Students may only repeat a total of 28 units during their undergraduate career.

Grade averaging is when the repeat grade shall not replace the original grade; instead both grades shall be calculated into the student's overall grade point average. Undergraduate students can only repeat courses for which the original grade earned is lower than a C.

What is a Course Substitution?

A course substitution allows a student to take one course in place of another, if that class is full, unavailable, or no longer offered. Students must meet with a CRIM advisor to determine if the course substitution will be allowed and for the necessary paperwork to be completed on your behalf.

I failed a class and would like to retake it, can I do that?

Yes, you may retake a class that you have failed. If you fail the course again, you may re-take the course a second time. Once a course has been taken a total of three times, you may not re-take the course.

I failed the same class two times already, may I take it a third time?

Students may take a course a third time, but only if they meet all of the following conditions:

  • Have not exceeded 28 units of repeated coursework,
  • Received a grade of D, F, IC, or WU upon the second attempt of the course,
  • The course to be repeated is a program requirement,
  • The program they are pursuing requires a grade of C or higher in the course to fulfill a program requirement,
  • There are no other courses in the catalog that can be used to fulfill the program requirement.

If the above five (5) requirements are met, the student must complete the Repeat Course – Third Attempt Form and have it signed by a faculty advisor in their major department. The Repeat Course – Third Attempt Form can be found at the Admission, Records, and Evaluation website:

http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/are/forms/index.html

I failed a class at Fresno State and would like to retake the class. Can I retake the class at a community college? Or, another university?

No. If you would like a grade replacement, you must retake the course at the same institution that you failed the course.

I noticed that I have to take CRIM 199, but I cannot find that course. How do I fulfill that requirement?

CRIM 199: Senior Seminar was a culminating experience course that was required of CRIM majors in previous catalog years. If you are in one of the previous catalog years, the requirement will remain and you will need to fulfill this requirement. In order to complete the CRIM 199 requirement, you may take CRIM 131: Correctional Institution Visitations, WS 108: Rape, WS 109: Incest, WS 116: Domestic Violence, or any CRIM course that is not already being used to fulfill CRIM degree requirements. Students may elect to take a course in another major if it is relevant to the CRIM major requirements. Students must meet with a CRIM faculty advisor to determine relevance and appropriateness of the course BEFORE the course is taken. Please note that a Course Substitution form must be completed to ensure that the course will count as CRIM 199: Senior Seminar.

What is an incomplete grade?

An Incomplete grade can only be given for unforeseen, but fully justified reasons. The student must have completed two-thirds of the work for the course with a passing grade. Students who meet these criteria must complete the necessary paperwork with the professor who is teaching the course. Students have one calendar year from the end of the semester to complete the remaining work for the course. Students who do not complete the work by the deadline will automatically receive an F for the course. A short-term extension beyond the one year limit may be granted with justification by contacting the Office of the Registrar prior to the deadline.

How can I withdraw from a course?

Students can withdraw from a course(s) after the fourth week of instruction for serious and compelling reasons with the approval of the instructor and appropriate campus officials. Students must have documentation of their serious/compelling reason for needing to withdraw. Consult the Admissions, Records, and Evaluation website for specific withdrawal instructions, procedures, and deadlines at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/are/registrar/withdrawl.html

How can I withdraw from all courses in a semester?

Students can withdraw from all courses up through the fourth week of instruction without any restriction or penalty. After the fourth week up until the last three weeks of instruction, students may only withdraw for documented serious and compelling reasons. Permission to withdraw during this time shall be granted only with the approval of each individual instructor(s) and the department chair(s) of the department in which each course is offered. Students will not be allowed to withdraw from more than a total of 18 semester units during their undergraduate career at Fresno State. Consult the Admissions, Records, and Evaluation website for specific withdrawal instructions, procedures, and deadlines at:

http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/are/registrar/withdrawl.html

I have completed all my Criminology and GE/writing requirements, so why do I not have the 120 units needed to graduate?

Students must complete a certain number of 'free electives' in order to reach the 120 units required to graduate. The number of free electives needed varies according to a student's catalog year and option. Students can take courses from any department in the university (including Criminology) as free electives. Students can check their DARS report to see how many more units they need to reach 120. See your DARS report, and/or the 'Baccalaureate Degree Requirements' of the General Catalog for your catalog year, for further information about graduation requirements.

As a Criminology major, can I take CRIM 101, CRIM 120 or CRIM 153 for upper division GE requirements?

No. Students cannot use courses in their major to satisfy upper division GE requirements. The goal is to use GE courses to broaden your studies.

Where do I get the deadlines for graduate application, readmission, or adding and dropping classes?

Consult the information in the General Catalog Calendar at:

http://www.fresnostate.edu/catalog/

How do I change my major or my major option?

Students must complete the Change of Major form which can be downloaded at:

http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/are/documents/forms/records/Change_of_Major.pdf

Academic Certificates

What is the Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate?

The Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate is awarded to those students who successfully complete a minimum of 12 units of interdisciplinary course work in the area of alcohol and drug abuse. All coursework must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a C or higher in all of the courses. There are flyers about the Certificate in the Criminology Department main office. For more information call the Department of Public Health at  (559) 278-4014  or at the Department website:

http://www.fresnostate.edu/chhs/public-health/degrees-programs/certificate.html

What is the Victim Services Certificate?

The Victim Services Certificate is awarded to those students who successfully complete a minimum of 12 units of interdisciplinary course work in the area of victimology. All coursework must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a C or higher in all of the courses. The primary courses of the certificate are:

CRIM 175: Victimology
CRIM 176: Victim Services
CRIM 177: Legal Policy and Victim Services
CRIM 140: Family Violence.

There are flyers about the Certificate in the Department of Criminology office and through the Department website at:

http://www..fresnostate.edu/criminology-dev/degrees-programs/certifications.html

For more Frequently Asked Questions about the Victim Services Certificate, please see the section below under Victim Services Certificate.

What is the Legal Studies Certificate?

The Legal Studies Certificate is offered jointly through the Criminology Department and the Political Science Department. Students are required to take six units of specified Political Science classes and six units of specified Criminology courses. To receive the Certificate students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all Certificate courses. The Certificate program is particularly suited to students interested in legal careers. For more information go to:

http://www..fresnostate.edu/criminology-dev/degrees-programs/certifications.html

For more information, contact Dr. Kissner at mkissner@csufresno.edu.

Academic Probation and Disqualification

I am on academic probation. What does that mean?

Academic probation means that all GPAs (all courses taken at this and other community colleges/universities) are below a 2.0 or the campus GPA is below a 2.0.  University policy dictates that a student will remain on academic probation until  both the overall and the campus GPA are above a 2.0 or when a student is disqualified under one of the provisions of the disqualification regulations.

I am on academic disqualification. What does that mean?

Academic Disqualification means that your campus or cumulative GPA is below a 1.50 (freshmen, 30 units or less), 1.70 (sophomores, 30-59 units), 1.85 (juniors, 60-89 units), and 1.95 (seniors, 90 or more units). University policy dictates that students placed on Academic Disqualification may be placed on disqualified readmitted status or may not be allowed to attend the university the next semester.

If I was on Academic Disqualification and was not allowed to attend Fresno State, how can I be readmitted?

Students placed on Academic Disqualification who have been away one semester or longer or were academic disenrolled must submit an application for readmission to the university and the appropriate readmission petition signed by a major academic advisor. Students admitted under a special disqualification contract must fulfill the terms of that contract or again face disqualification. For more information contact the Admissions Office at: (559) 278-2191 or at:

http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/advising/disquali.html

Careers in Criminology

I have heard that there is a Criminology Career Day.  What is it, and when is it scheduled?

This event occurs each Spring, typically in March or April. For upcoming dates and more information, contact the Criminology Student Organization, Lambda Alpha Epsilon (Phi Omega Alpha chapter).

http://www..fresnostate.edu/criminology-dev/student-orgs/poa.html

How do I find out about any Criminal Justice job openings?

Employment opportunities received by the Department of Criminology will be e-mailed by the Department Chair through the Criminology major listserv. Recent employment opportunities are now posted on our Department of Criminology website here. Employment opportunities are also posted on the outside board across from the Department of Criminology office.

See the career services website for job openings, career fairs, career counseling, and other related services.

Courses Taken at Another Institution

May I take a course at a community college?

You may take lower division courses at a community college. It is important to note that a lower division course may not count as an upper division course. For example, if you took Victimology at a community college, this is a lower division course. However, the Victimology course in this department is an upper division course. If you need the Victimology course to graduate, you will need to retake the course on this campus to complete the degree requirements.

If I take a course at a community college, when will it transfer in to the university?

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the Evaluations Department (559) 278-4076 must receive an official transcript from the community college indicating the courses that you took. The university will then evaluate the course and enter it into the DARS report. It is important to note that sometimes courses are not fully evaluated until your final semester at the university.

I took a class at a community college and it has not transferred in yet, why?

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the Evaluations Department (559) 278-4076 must receive an official transcript from the community college indicating the courses that you took. The university will then evaluate the course and enter it into the DARS report. It is important to note that sometimes courses are not fully evaluated until your final semester at the university.

Criminology Honors Program

What is the Criminology Honors Program?

The Criminology Honors Program is a two-year upper division program for selected CRIM students who have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students must apply to the Honors Program by completing an application, oral interview, and writing sample. Eligible students are invited to apply during the spring semester of what is typically their sophomore year. Transfer students are also eligible to apply, but need to do so before transferring. To graduate with Honors, students who are selected to be members of the Criminology Honors Program must take four Honors courses and must maintain an overall cumulative GPA, and overall major GPA, of 3.5 or higher each semester while enrolled in the program. For more information, please see:

http://www..fresnostate.edu/criminology-dev/degrees-programs/honors.html

Benefits of the program include:

  • Priority registration for all university classes.
  • Select courses for Honors students only.
  • Extended library privileges.
  • Statement of Honors status on permanent transcript and diploma.
  • Inscribed Smittcamp Bronze Medallion awarded at an Honors ceremony.
  • Special recognition at convocation and commencement.
Criminology Options

Can I choose to do a double option?

No. The Criminology Department does not offer double options. However, students wishing to expand their studies beyond the chosen option are encouraged to pursue an academic certificate in an area of interest (please refer to the Academic Certificates page for further information). Students may also, depending on their option, choose to focus their Criminology electives in the area that they would have chosen for a second option. When applying for jobs or graduate school, students can always highlight the classes that they have taken outside of their specified option.

Corrections Option

I am required to take a course, but it is not offered. How can I fulfill that requirement?

A course substitution allows a student to take one course in place of another under certain circumstances, such as if that class is unavailable, or no longer offered. Students must meet with a CRIM advisor to determine if a course substitution will be allowed and for the necessary paperwork to be completed on your behalf. For students with catalog years pre-2007, please see below.

I am a Corrections student and my catalog year is pre-2007; do I still need to take CRIM 130?

CRIM 130: Corrections in America is no longer offered. Students who have pre-2007 catalog years can choose either CRIM 133: Institutional Corrections, or CRIM 135: Community Corrections, as a replacement. This substitution will take place automatically; students do not need to see an advisor. Corrections students who have a catalog year of 2007 or later need to take both CRIM 133 and CRIM 135 to graduate.

I am a Corrections student and my catalog year is pre-2007; do I still need to take CRIM 199?

CRIM 199 is no longer offered. Students will need to replace CRIM 199 with another course such as CRIM 131. Please see the 'General Advising' section above for further details.

I am a Corrections student; do I still have to choose one elective from the Victimology/PAX cluster, and one elective from the Criminology cluster?

No. The Corrections option has collapsed the two elective clusters, Victimology/PAX and Criminology, into one large cluster. You can choose any two electives you wish from this combined group. For example, you could choose to take two Victimology courses to satisfy this requirement. However, if your catalog year is pre-2011, a CRIM faculty advisor will need to sign the necessary paperwork allowing you to do this. If your catalog year is 2011 or later, you will not need to see an advisor.

What does an option in Corrections prepare me for?

Graduates from the Corrections option frequently pursue careers in probation, parole, correctional institutions, and other affiliated agencies. Some students seek careers as correctional counselors working with offender populations and at-risk youth. The option also prepares students for graduate-level study in criminology, as well as in other related fields such as social work and public policy. Graduates from the option also go on to pursue careers in law.

Forensic Behavioral Sciences Option

What kinds of jobs can I get with a Criminology degree with a concentration in forensic behavioral sciences (FBS)?

FBS Option students will be qualified to apply for the same kinds of jobs to which students in the other three Options can apply. For example, they can apply to become police officers or correctional officers or victim advocates—each requires further specialized training beyond the bachelor's degree to do work in the field (e.g., in a training academy). Students who complete the coursework for the FBS Option are not likely to find a job specifically doing FBS work without a graduate degree (e.g., a master's degree or a doctorate in Forensic Psychology). This is because an advanced degree is necessary to acquire the level of knowledge and supervised practical experience that are required by standards of professional practice.

I am required to take a course, but it is not offered that semester. How can I fulfill that requirement? Can I substitute courses in the FBS Option?

This is a very important question for students contemplating an FBS Option. A course substitution allows a student to take one course in place of another, if that class is full, unavailable, or no longer offered. Course substitutions require written approval of faculty. In the FBS Option, although required courses are offered at least once a year, not all courses are offered every semester. This is true for some of the required Psychology courses. For example: PSYCH 120T (Forensic Cognitive Science) is offered three of every four semesters. PSYCH 120T will be offered Fall, 2011, Fall, 2012, and Spring, 2013. As a further note, students must be mindful that course offerings in the Department of Criminology and the Department of Psychology are subject to change. These realities make it especially important for students to plan their courses carefully. While it MAY be possible to identify an acceptable substitute for CRIM 155 some semesters, no suitable substitute exists for CRIM 154. In other words, it is critical that students plan ahead to ensure they are able to take the required courses when they are offered. Toward this end, it is very important for FBS students to regularly meet with FBS Option faculty to ensure they know what courses they will need to take and when they will need to take them.

Law Enforcement Option

Do I have to be in the law enforcement option to qualify for a career in law enforcement?

No, but the notation of the option in your academic records may reflect that you have an interest in law enforcement and completed courses that, ideally, make you a better candidate for a law enforcement position.

Is the degree with the law enforcement option all I need to get a job as a police officer?

No.  Agencies evaluate your personal, employment, medical and psychological history, and may additionally require a multitude of tests to determine if you are the right candidate.

Can I apply to be an FBI agent with a B.S. degree in criminology?

Yes, but you need additional educational or professional qualifications.  You should review the FBI's own website for further details.

I want to be a law enforcement officer.  Can I obtain career advice from Law Enforcement Option faculty?

Option faculty have a wide variety of professional experience and often give advice to students interested in a career in law enforcement.

If I have a degree in criminology do I have to attend a full police academy to become a law enforcement officer?

Yes.

Can I become a police officer if I have used illegal drugs?

Maybe. That depends on the drug and the recency of the drug use.  Review the hiring requirements for specific agencies for more information.

Can I become a law enforcement officer with a felony conviction?

Maybe.  That depends on the state the agency is located in.  Some agencies are flexible, like the Washington D.C. police department, or some agencies in the Northeast may waive the felony conviction when hiring.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to be a law enforcement officer?

All federal agencies require citizenship
Agencies at the state/local level differ across the U.S.  Honolulu, for example, will hire applicants with a "green card" as police officers.

Victimology Option

What types of jobs can I get with a degree in Victimology?

Students who major in Victimology find careers in the non-profit sector working with victims of crime through organizations like - the Marjaree Mason Center, Rape Crisis Centers, group homes, and the like. These jobs tend to focus on direct victim services, community outreach/education, counseling, legal services, and the like. There are also system-based jobs that are with local police departments, District Attorney's offices, Child Protective Services, and at the state level in the Attorney General's Office, Dept. of Aging, etc., and at the federal level with the FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office, etc. These jobs tend to be focused on investigating allegations of abuse, helping the victim through the criminal justice system, and to some extent prevention and research. The final area in which students get jobs is through coalitions like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, and other similar organizations. These tend to be focused on prevention/education, lobbying activities, and research.

I am required to take a course, but it is not offered. How can I fulfill that requirement?

A course substitution allows a student to take one course in place of another, if that class is full, unavailable, or no longer offered. Students must meet with a CRIM advisor to determine if the course substitution will be allowed and for the necessary paperwork to be completed on your behalf.

I took Victimology at a community college, why do I have to take the course again?

A Victimology course offered at a community college is a lower division course. The Victimology course at Fresno State is an upper division course. Lower division courses cannot be substituted for upper division courses.

Department of Criminology Resources

I have reviewed all of the above questions and cannot find my question. How can I get assistance?

Email Dr. Muscat, Department Chair at bmuscat@csufresno.edu.

DARS Report?

What is a DARS Repart?

The DARS report is an outline of the various courses that you will need in order to graduate in your major including General Education (GE) requirements. You may obtain directions regarding how to obtain your DARS report through MyFresnoState. See link below.

http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/are/evaluations/dars.html

How can I get a copy of a Criminology DARS Report?

You may obtain directions regarding how to obtain a copy of your DARS report through MyFresnoState at:

Instructions on how to print your DARS Report

Faculty Office Hours

How do I find out the office hours and contact information for a full time or part-time criminology faculty member?

Fall 2014 Faculty Office Hours coming soon!

Graduate Program (M.S. in Criminology)

How do I obtain information about the Masters Program in Criminology?

Go to our Masters Degree web page at: 

http://www..fresnostate.edu/criminology-dev/degrees-programs/masters.html

If you still need assistance, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. George Kikuchi at (559) 278-4223 or gkikuchi@csufresno.edu.

I need to follow-up on the status of my application to the graduate program. What is the best way to do that?

Please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. George Kikuchi at (559) 278-4223 or gkikuchi@csufresno.edu.

What is the GPA requirement for admission into the graduate program?

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for consideration for admission into the graduate program in Criminology.

What is the GRE requirement for admission into the graduate program?

Please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. George Kikuchi at (559) 278-4223 or gkikuchi@csufresno.edu.

What is the culminating experience requirement?

Upon completion of all core courses (CRIM 200, CRIM 201, CRIM 202, CRIM 203, CRIM 204) students are eligible to select a culminating experience. The student may select from a comprehensive examination, a project (CRIM 298) or a thesis (CRIM 299). CRIM 295 is taken during the final semesters in preparation for either of the culminating experiences.

STUDENTS MAY NOT MOVE FROM ONE CULMINATING EXPERIENCE TO ANOTHER. ONCE THE CHOICE IS MADE, THAT CHOICE REMAINS TO BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINOLOGY.

Students wishing to pursue a Master of Science in Criminology have choices in selecting the culminating experience.

What is the comprehensive examination?

Those students wishing to select the comprehensive examination are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination for acceptance into the program as long as they have earned a 3.0 grade point average upon completion of their undergraduate studies.  Students selecting this option will be provided questions from prior examinations, study sheets, and have an opportunity to form cohorts for study.  Some faculty have volunteered their time to attend study sessions when students need clarification on particular issues.  Students may take the comprehensive examination two times before being removed from the program.  The comprehensive examination is offered one time during both the fall and spring semesters.

What is the Graduate Project (CRIM 298)?

Students wishing to complete a project must have taken the GRE and have scores indicating sound writing, analytical, and research skills. Faculty may use these scores as part of the decision to work with students on a project.  The final decision rests with the faculty to work with a student with their project.  Students must be aware that Fresno State now charges tuition for zero credits and projects may not always be completed in two semesters. A graduate degree must be completed in five years and semesters taken to work on the project are charged as zero credits.

What is the Graduate Thesis (CRIM 299)?

Students wishing to complete a thesis must take the GRE and have scores indicative of sound research, analytical, and writing skills. University policies and Graduate Studies regulate the thesis in conjunction with the faculty chair of the thesis committee. The final decision rests with the faculty to supervise a student thesis. Students need to be aware that Fresno State now charges tuition for zero credits and a thesis may not always be completed in two semesters. A graduate degree must be completed in five years and semesters taken to work on the thesis are charged as zero credits.

Graduation

How do I petition to graduate?

Students petition to graduate in the semester that they plan to graduate. Students must file a completed application for a degree with appropriate fees within the first two weeks of that term. Graduation applications are available on the Academic Calendar. Failure to apply before the final deadline will delay granting of the degree. See Academic Calendar for filing dates and deadlines at:

http://www.fresnostate.edu/catalog/calendar.html

Applying for Graduation:

http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/are/evaluations/graduation.html

My Fresno State sign in:

https://my.fresnostate.edu/psp/mfs/EMPLOYEE/EMPL/h/?tab=PAPP_GUEST

Can I attend graduation if I only have a few classes left to complete?

Yes. Students who have completed 90 units may attend graduation.  Students must file an application to "walk" with appropriate fees with the Evaluations Office within the first two weeks of that term. See Academic Calendar for filing dates and deadlines. Failure to apply before the final deadline will delay granting of the degree. For more information about walking at graduation go to:

http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/are/evaluations/graduation.html

What are honors at graduation?

  • Honors at graduation are awarded to students with an overall GPA over 3.5 on all work attempted, including transfer coursework, and on all work completed at Fresno State.
  • Students must have completed 45 units in residence at Fresno State.
  • There are three designations for honors: Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors, 3.90-4.0 GPA), Magna Cum Laude (High Honors, 3.70-389 GPA), and Cum Laude (Honors, 3.50-3.69).

Where can I purchase my cap and gown?

The cap and gown can be purchased at the Kennel Bookstore. For more information go to:

http://www.kennelbookstore.com/SiteText.aspx?id=545

Does Criminology have a convocation or commencement celebration?

The Department of Criminology participates in the College of Social Sciences (COSS) Convocation. For information and the schedule, consult the College of Social Sciences News & Events page, or the Department of Criminology News/Events page.

For additional events, be sure to consult the university calendars:.

http://www.fresnostate.edu/catalog/calendar.html

Is there a graduation ceremony in the Fall or Summer semesters?

No. The only graduation ceremonies are at the end of the Spring semester.

Is there a practice for the College of Social Sciences graduation ceremony?

No.

Internships

What is CRIM 108?

CRIM 108 is a directed policing course that is only open to CRIM majors. This is a supervised field experience in police work. Students who take CRIM 108 do not also have to take CRIM 180: Law Enforcement Internship. Purchase of a uniform is required. Permission of the instructor, Neil Dadian, and the sponsoring agency (Fresno County Sheriff's office) are required.

What is the internship?

The internship gives students an opportunity to be placed at a Criminal Justice related organization/agency. Students will gain hands-on experience in their selected specialization (law enforcement, corrections, and victimology. Three units of academic credit (120 internship hours) are required of all Criminology students except those in the Forensic Behavioral Sciences who may take this course as an elective. Those who can demonstrate that they have professional criminal justice related experience, upon approval, may have the internship requirement waived.

Students may elect to take more than 3 units of Internship. For each additional 3 academic units, they must complete 120 hours (i.e., 3 units = 120 hours, 6 units = 240 hours, 9 units = 360 hours).

Prerequisites – CRIM 2, 20, 102, and 112 may not be taken concurrently with the internship.

Grading – CR/NC grading only for the internship courses, CRIM 180, 181, and 182.

For more information about internships, go to:

http://www..fresnostate.edu/criminology-dev/degrees-programs/internships.html

How many units of internship can I take?

You may take up to 12 units of CRIM 108 (Directed Policing), 180 (Law Enforcement Internship), 181 (Corrections Internship), or 182 (Victimology Internship). Three units (120 hours) are required of all Criminology students with options in Corrections, Law Enforcement, and Victimology. Those with an option in Forensic Behavioral Sciences may take an internship as an elective. Those who can demonstrate that they have professional criminal justice related experience, upon approval, may have the internship requirement waived. Students who elect to take more than 3 units of Internship, must complete 120 hours for each three units. (i.e., 3 units = 120 hours, 6 units = 240 hours, 9 units = 360 hours, or 12 units = 480 hours). Students may receive credit for up to 9 additional internship units (plus the 3 required per above) for a total of 12 units. However, only 6 internship units will be allowed to apply to the undergraduate Criminology degree. The University will allow up to 12 internship units as electives toward an undergraduate degree.

Prerequisites – CRIM 2, 20, 102, and 112 may not be taken concurrently with the internship. 

Grading – CR/NC grading only for the internship courses, CRIM 180, 181, and 182.

For more information about internships, go to:

http://www..fresnostate.edu/criminology-dev/degrees-programs/internships.html

If I take multiple internships, can they be at different placements?

Yes. Students may choose different placements to gain experience at multiple agencies/organizations and to expand their network of professional experiences and connections.

If I take multiple internships, can they all be at the same placement?

Yes. Students may choose to work within a single placement to allow for greater experience within a single agency/organization.

How many hours is the Internship requirement?

Three units (120 hours) are required of all Criminology students who enroll, except those who can demonstrate that they have professional criminal justice related experience. Students who elect to take more than 3 units of Internship, must complete 120 hours for each three units. (i.e., 3 units = 120 hours, 6 units = 240 hours, 9 units = 360 hours, or 12 units = 480 hours). The university will allow a maximum of 12 internship units as electives toward an undergraduate degree and the Department of Criminology will allow a maximum of 6 units toward its B.S. degree.

Prerequisites – CRIM 2, 20, 102, and 112 may not be taken concurrently with the internship.

Grading – CR/NC grading only for the internship courses, CRIM 180, 181, and 182.

For more information about internships, go to:

http://www..fresnostate.edu/criminology-dev/degrees-programs/internships.html

Can I take an internship to fulfill the university elective requirement?

Yes.  Three units must be taken to fulfill the CRIM requirement. Any additional units may be used to fulfill the university elective requirement. Students who elect to take more than 3 units of Internship, must complete 120 hours for each three units. (i.e., 3 units = 120 hours, 6 units = 240 hours, 9 units = 360 hours, or 12 units = 480 hours).

Prerequisites – CRIM 2, 20, 102, and 112 may not be taken concurrently with the internship.

Grading – CR/NC grading only for the internship courses, CRIM 180, 181, and 182.

If I found my own placement for an internship, what do I need to do?

Victimology students who find their own placement must contact Dr. Yoshiko Takahashi, the Victimology option Coordinator for approval. All other students who find their own placement must consult with the Department's Internship Coordinator, Dr. Keith Clement.

What is the mandatory pre-internship orientation meeting?

The mandatory pre-internship orientation meeting is a mandatory meeting that all students must attend to learn about the internship program and requirements at Fresno State. Students must take the mandatory pre-internship meeting within 1 year of signing up for the internship before they can enroll in CRIM 180, 181, or 182. Students who do not complete the internship meeting before signing-up for CRIM 180, 181, or 182 will be unable to enroll in the course.

When do I have to attend the mandatory pre-internship orientation?

Students must attend the mandatory pre-internship orientation meeting before they are eligible to sign-up for CRIM 180, 181, or 182. It is recommended that students take the mandatory pre-internship orientation meeting the semester before they plan to sign-up for the internship (CRIM 180, 181, or 182). Students who do not complete this before signing-up for CRIM 180, 181, or 182 will be unable to enroll in the course.

I attended the mandatory pre-internship orientation meeting when I was a freshmen, do I have to take it again?

Yes. Students must attend the mandatory pre-internship orientation meeting within 1 year of completing the internship (CRIM 180, 181, or 182). For example, if a student attends the mandatory pre-internship orientation meeting in the fall semester, he/she may sign-up for the internship (CRIM 180, 181, or 182) in the following spring or fall semesters.

When is the mandatory pre-internship orientation meeting offered?

The mandatory pre-internship orientation meeting is offered twice in the fall semester (usually September, October and November) and multiple times in the spring semester (usually February, March and April). Students are notified about the mandatory pre-internship orientation meeting through the CRIM student listserv. The informration is also on our website, under the Internships tab. Posters are posted in the Department of Criminology office and the CRIM faculty office hallway.

Is the mandatory pre-internship orientation meeting mandatory?

Yes. It is mandatory for all students who must complete an internship.

Is the internship mandatory?

The internship is mandatory for students enrolled in the Law Enforcement, Victimology, and Corrections option. Students enrolled in the Forensic Behavioral Science option may take an internship as an elective.  Students who can demonstrate that they have professional criminal justice related experience, upon approval, may have the internship requirement waived.

if I work in the field already, do I have to take an internship?

Students who have worked within the field of criminal justice for a minimum of one year AND not in an entry level position may be granted a professional experience course substitution for the internship requirement.

May I complete an internship if I am already working in the field?

Yes. The work that you complete in the internship must either be completed at a different organization within which you are currently working. If you are completing the internship at the same organization that you currently work, then the internship work must be significantly different than the work for which you receive financial compensation. Please see the internship coordinator for your option for prior approval.

  • Corrections Option Coordinator: Dr. Emma Hughes 
  • Forensic and Behavioral Sciences Option Coordinator: Dr. Skrapec 
  • Law Enforcement Option Coordinator: Dr. Schweizer 
  • Victimology Option Coordinator: Dr. Takahashi

What if I am unable to complete the required hours in the semester?

Students who are unable to complete the required 120 hours during the semester will be given an Incomplete grade for the course and will have one calendar year from the end of the semester to complete the hours. Students who meet these criteria must complete the necessary paperwork with the professor who is teaching the course. Please note that an Incomplete grade can only be given for unforeseen, but fully justified reasons. The student must have completed two-thirds of the work for the course with a passing grade. Students who do not complete the work by the deadline may receive a NC or an Incomplete (if students complete at least 80 of the hours) for the course. A short-term extension beyond the one year limit may be granted with justification by contacting the Office of the Registrar (559) 278-2191 prior to the deadline.

How can I find out when the internship meetings are scheduled?

Be sure to check the Internship class footnotes in the Schedule of Courses prior to registration. Or, contact the faculty member assigned to your internship. Remember that attendance at an Internship Orientation Meeting PRIOR to the internship semester (but no more than two semesters earlier) is mandatory! During the semester, meeting dates will be posted in the Criminology Department office (Science II, Room 159).  There are six required meetings during each semester in which you are enrolled in an internship.

Lambda Alpha Epsilon (Phi Omega Alpha Chapter)

How do I find out about the criminology student organization, Lambda Alpha Epsilon?

Consult their website for current information at:

http://www..fresnostate.edu/criminology-dev/student-orgs/poa.html

Pre-requisites 

Can I take a class that has a pre-requisite at the same time that I take the pre-requisite?

No. A prerequisite must be taken before the course for which the prerequisite is required.

What if I need to graduate and I need to take the prerequisite and the course at the same time? Does this means that I need to stay an extra semester?

Students must meet with a CRIM faculty advisor to verify status toward graduation. If the student is graduating during that semester, a permission number may be given to the student to allow concurrent enrollment. If the student is not graduating in that semester, then the student must take the prerequisite first and then the course in a later semester.

Prospective Students

I am planning on attending Fresno State in the future to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology, how can I obtain some information about the major?

Information is available on the Degrees and Programs tab. Also, be sure to review the General Catalog for information on degree requirements and course descriptions.

For printed information, please complete the Request for Undergraduate Information Online Form. If after reviewing the information you would like to meet with a major advisor, please see the Faculty Office Hours for a listing of faculty advisors, office hours, and contact information.

Be sure to attend one of the New Student Orientations at Fresno State. There are sessions scheduled specifically for incoming Criminology majors that include a meeting with the Criminology Department Chair.

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What steps will help make my course of study at Fresno State as successful as possible?

Attend "Dog Days," a New Student Orientation at Fresno State. It includes information on course requirements, tours of campus facilities, a session with a department major representative, and registration information.

Complete Criminology Online Advising, which can be found on your Blackboard portal under "My organizations".

Utilize the resources available in the Student Affairs website and Advising Services. Questions and problems are likely to be answered here.

The course Criminology 1—Success in Criminology, is a 1-unit course required of all majors. It will greatly assist you in understanding what's expected and required of a student majoring in criminology.

Consider taking University 1, a course designed to ensure academic success at Fresno State. Learn more regarding University 1.

Also consider utilizing SupportNet: "Our campus has developed SupportNet to connect students with specific campus resources promoting academic success.  I have agreed to participate in this program and may refer you to it if I believe you need the services provided by SupportNet to succeed in this course."

Learning Center & SupportNet Coordinator
California State University, Fresno
Located in the Collection Level of the Henry Madden Library.
559.278.5716

http://fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/lrc/
http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/supportnet/
http://www.facebook.com/FresnoStateSupportNet

Statistics Course Requirement

There is a statistics requirement for CRIM majors, can I take that at a community college?

Yes, you may take any statistics course at a community college or in another major at Fresno State. The course must be passed with a C or higher grade. Please note: Students who have completed MATH 11 can use this course to substitute for CRIM 50 and to fulfill the lower division GE requirement for area B4.

There is a statistics requirement, in my primary major I had to take a stats class already. Do I have to take a second stats class?

No, you do not have to take a second statistics class.

I took a statistics course to fulfill the GE requirements; do I have to take another statistics class?

Students who have completed MATH 11 can use this course to substitute for CRIM 50 and to fulfill the lower division GE requirement for area B4.

Summer Courses

How do I know what is being offered during the summer session?

Consult the My Fresno State Portal for summer session information or go to the Division of Continuing and Global Education website at:


http://www.fresnostate.edu/cge/summersession/courseschedule.html

How do I get a schedule number for a summer session class?

Schedule numbers must be obtained from the Department of Criminology office.

Unit Overload

Can I take more than 18 units in a semester?

Yes. If a student has an overall GPA of 2.5, then a student may enroll in 19 units. If a student wants to take 20 to 22 units, then the student must have an overall GPA of 3.0. Exceptions to these limits must be approved by the chair of the student's major department. Students who want to take more than 22 units must receive approval from the dean of the college/school of the student's major. CRIM students must see the Dean of the College of Social Sciences who is located in Social Sciences #108.

Can I take more than 21 units in a semester?

Yes. If a student wants to take 20 to 22 units, then the student must have an overall GPA of 3.0. Exceptions to these limits must be approved by the chair of the student's major department. Students who want to take more than 22 units must receive approval from the dean of the college/school of the student's major. CRIM students must see the Dean of the College of Social Sciences who is located in Social Sciences room 108.

Victim Services Certificate

I would like information on the Victim Services Certificate, and/or the Victim Services Summer Institute.

Review the web information at: 

http://www..fresnostate.edu/criminology-dev/degrees-programs/certifications.html

For other questions, contact Dr. Yoshiko Takahashi, Victimology Option Coordinator at ytakahashi@csufresno.edu.

What is the Victim Services Certificate?

The Victim Services Certificate is awarded to those students who successfully complete a minimum of 12 units of interdisciplinary course work in the area of alcohol and drug abuse. All coursework must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a C or higher in all of the courses. The primary courses of the certificate are:

CRIM 175: Victimology
CRIM 176; Victim Services
CRIM 177: Legal Policy and Victim Services
CRIM 140: Family Violence.

For more information visit: http://www..fresnostate.edu/criminology-dev/degrees-programs/certifications.html

For other questions, contact Dr.Takahashi, Victimology Option Coordinator at ytakahashi@csufresno.edu.

How do I apply to receive the Victim Services Certificate?

Students may get the application for the Victim Services Certificate at:

http://www..fresnostate.edu/criminology-dev/degrees-programs/certifications.html

Students must indicate which courses they took.  The CRIM Department office staff will verify that the student received a C or higher grade in each of the four required courses. Once grades are verified, the student will be sent a certificate of completion to the address noted on the application form.

Is the Victim Services Certificate certified by any agency?

No. The Victim Services Certificate is an academic certificate, which is a specialized course of study. The Certificate is granted through the Department of Criminology at Fresno State.

Will the Victim Services Certificate expire?

No.

Will I have to renew the Victim Services Certificate?

No.

I lost my Victim Services Certificate, may I get a replacement?

Yes. Students will need to resubmit the application for the Victim Services Certificate, which is located at:

http://www..fresnostate.edu/criminology-dev/degrees-programs/certifications.html

Students must indicate which courses they took. The CRIM Department office staff will verify that the student received a C or higher grade in each of the four required courses. Once grades are verified, the student will be sent a certificate of completion to the address noted on the application form.

What if I receive a D or an F a course required for the Certificate?

Students who receive a D or an F in a required course for the Certificate will not be granted a certificate. Students must receive a C or higher in all of the courses in order to receive the certificate. Students may retake the course for which they received a D or an F grade. Students may only retake a course a maximum of three times. Once the student passes the course, then the new grade will replace the old failed grade in the GPA calculation. It is important to note that each failed attempt will remain on the official transcript and only one grade replacement will count. For example, if you fail a class, retake the class and fail it a second time, the third and final passing grade will only replace one of the previous class failing grades. Students may only take a grade replacement for which they received a D or an F grade. Students may only repeat a total of 28 units during their undergraduate career. Students may not take classes for CR/NC.

Victim Services Summer Institute

What is the Victim Services Summer Institute?

The Victim Services Summer Institute is offered fully online each summer to anyone. You do not need to be a Fresno State student in order to enroll in these courses. The courses offered in the Summer Institute are the courses needed to obtain the Victim Services Certificate. The primary courses of the certificate are:

CRIM 175: Victimology
CRIM 176; Victim Services
CRIM 177: Legal Policy and Victim Services
CRIM 140: Family Violence.

For more information contact Dr. Takahashi, Victimology Option Coordinator at ytakahashi@csufresno.edu.

Do I have to take all of the courses in the summer?

Students may take as few as one course or as many as all four courses in the Victim Services Summer Institute.

What if I have already taken one of the courses, may I only take the ones that I need in the summer?

Yes. Students may take as few as one course or as many as all four courses in the Victim Services Summer Institute.

Is financial aid available for the summer courses?

No. The Victim Services Summer Institute is offered through the Division of Continuing and Global Education and financial aid is not available for courses taken through the Division.

Writing Exam/Upper Division Writing Requirement

What is the Upper Division Writing Requirement?

The Upper Division Writing Requirement may be satisfied in one of two ways, (1) Students may take a class that is marked with a "W" designation after the course number (e.g., ANTH 116W) or, they may take the writing exam. Once the student passes either the class or the exam, the upper division writing requirement will be fulfilled. Many different departments offer W courses that you can choose from. A full listing can be found on the Advising Services website at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/advising/faqs/30.html.

The writing exam costs $30. If you do not pass the exam the first time you can retake it, but you will need to pay another $30. If you fail a second time, you will need to take a writing course instead. If you pass the exam, you will have completed the upper division writing requirement and you can request one unit of credit which will appear on your transcript as ENGL 100W. The exam is offered five times a year and includes multiple choice and essay components. for more information, please visit the Advising Services website at http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/advising/faqs/30.html.

Why do I have to take the writing exam or a writing course if I passed English?

The writing exam is one of two options that is available to students in order to complete the upper division writing requirement that all students must take. Students may take a class that is marked with a "W" designation after the course number (e.g., ANTH 116W) or they may take the writing exam. Once the student passes either the class or the exam, the upper division writing requirement will be fulfilled. Please note: ANTH 105W and ANTH 116W can be used to fulfill an upper division GE requirement and the writing requirement. However, the course will only count for three units (it will not be double counted as six units).

How can I find out more information about the writing exam?

Contact the Testing Center at (559) 278-2457 or go to the website at:

http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/testing/testcenter/

Where can I get help with my writing?

SupportNet: "Our campus has developed SupportNet to connect students with specific campus resources promoting academic success.  I have agreed to participate in this program and may refer you to it if I believe you need the services provided by SupportNet to succeed in this course."

Learning Center & SupportNet Coordinator
California State University, Fresno
Located in the Collection Level of the Henry Madden Library.

559.278.5716

http://fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/lrc/
http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/supportnet/
http://www.facebook.com/FresnoStateSupportNet

Where can I find a list of W courses?

Student can find a list of W courses on the Advising Services website: http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/advising/faqs/30.html.