Jul 02, 2022  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminology, B.A.

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Program Director: Ray Nickson, J.D., Ph.D.


The Bachelor of Arts in Criminology is designed for adults who have an interest in criminology, restorative justice, and the issues of victims. The program equips students to be knowledgeable about crime and society with a view to careers in fields related to criminology. Class time and coursework focus on implementing approaches to justice and understanding the various social and psychological theories on crime, criminals and society. Candidates will also learn to incorporate the values of a Christian/Anabaptist worldview into their work.

Admissions Requirements

The Criminology program requires four years postsecondary experience, including two years of work experience.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. To exhibit clear and engaging communication regarding the criminal justice field. [USLO 1 & 2]
  2. To accurately describe the origins, nature and dynamics of conflict and crime from an interdisciplinary perspective.  [USLO 3 & 10]
  3. To analyze the various social, psychological and other theories on crime, criminals and society. [USLO 5]
  4. To examine the individual and collective needs of all participants in the criminal justice system, including victims, offenders, and the community. [USLO 4]
  5. To differentiate and evaluate the varied forms of conflict resolution and understandings of justice. [USLO 7 & 8]
  6. To articulate and apply the value of Christian/Anabaptist belief for the criminal justice field. [USLO 9]

Locations Offered

North Fresno and Visalia Campuses, and Fully Online

Program Length/Semester Starts

This is a scheduled, eighteen-month cohort program.

General Education Requirements

 These two courses are required in addition to the 39 units of cohort classes listed below. For additional information on General Education requirements for Degree Completion students visit: General Education: Degree Completion Students    


Elective units as needed to meet the Bachelor of Arts minimum. This requirement may be met through allowable college coursework, Advanced Placement exams, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate exams, and Military or ACE credit.

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