Program Director: Ray Nickson, Ph.D.
Seeking justice in the world today requires knowledge of our legal system, as well as a broad understanding of society. As a criminology major at Fresno Pacific University, you will be equipped with theoretical and applied skills that are essential to the pursuit of justice. You will also gain a background in alternative mechanisms for conflict resolution. Through study that is grounded in criminological methods, interdisciplinary in approach, historical and contemporary in perspective, and informed by a Christian/Anabaptist worldview, you will be prepared to pursue a value-based career in criminal justice. Upon completion of the major, you will be ready to seek employment in a range of fields or undertake advanced study, and to provide service to society reflective of the values expressed in the Fresno Pacific Idea. Careers in law, criminal justice and justice advocacy are just a few of your employment opportunities.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- To exhibit clear and engaging communication regarding the criminal justice field. [USLO 1 & 2]
- To accurately describe the origins, nature and dynamics of conflict and crime from an interdisciplinary perspective. [USLO 3 & 10]
- To analyze the various social, psychological and other theories on crime, criminals and society. [USLO 5]
- To examine the individual and collective needs of all participants in the criminal justice system, including victims, offenders, and the community. [USLO 4]
- To differentiate and evaluate the varied forms of conflict resolution and understandings of justice. [USLO 7 & 8]
- To articulate and apply the value of Christian/Anabaptist belief for the criminal justice field. [USLO 9]
Main Campus Fresno