Honors Program

Be one of a select cohort of students who will graduate with a B.S. in Criminology with an Honors distinction.

Benefits of the Honors Distinction Include:

  • Priority registration
  • Select courses for Honors students only
  • Consideration for special internship assignments
  • Extended library privileges

Benefits at Graduation include:

  • Statement of Honors status on permanent transcript and diploma
  • Inscribed Smittcamp Bronze Medallion awarded at an Honors ceremony
  • Special recognition at convocation and commencement

Students will attend seminars with other Honors students on specialized topics. Students accepted into the Honors program may have an opportunity to work one-on-one with specialists in the field of Criminology to conduct research, make national conference presentations, and publish scholarly articles.

Admission Considerations:

  • A minimum of 3.5 GPA required prior to admission to the Honors Program
  • Apply for Honors status as a Fresno State second semester sophomore student or as a transfer student (in the Spring semester prior to transfer).
  • Preferential consideration will be given to students who display exceptional academic, extracurricular, and community service performance prior to their junior year.

Application Period:

Applications are emailed to eligible Fresno State Criminology students early in the Spring semester. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jenna Kieckhaefer at jkieckhaefer@csufresno.edu.

Transfer students are encouraged to contact the Department of Criminology at the beginning of the Spring semester prior to the transfer.

Requirements for Successful Completion of the Honors Program:

  • Maintain an overall cumulative GPA, and an overall major GPA, of 3.5 or higher each semester while enrolled in the program.
  • Complete four required Honors courses. Typically students will complete Honors versions of CRIM 100 and CRIM 170 as well as two courses of CRIM 160H.
  • Maintain a full-time course load of 12 credits or more.