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.
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to the Honors Program as a Fresno State second semester sophomore student or as a transfer student (in the Spring semester prior to transfer).
  • 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.
  • Students should not have already taken CRIM 100 and/or CRIM 170.

Application Period:

Applications are emailed to eligible Fresno State Criminology students early in the Spring semester (usually late February or early March). If you have questions, and/or believe that you should have been emailed an application, 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, even if you aren’t yet admitted to the University.

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. Students must have both GPAs at or above 3.5 to graduate with Honors.
  • Complete one required Honors course each semester for four continuous semesters (four classes = two academic years). Typically students will complete Honors versions of CRIM 100 and CRIM 170 each Fall and two courses of CRIM 160H each Spring.
  • Maintain a full-time course load of 12 credits or more.