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Criminology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #472 (BCR) California, PA, United States
At California State University, Fresno, the Department of Criminology offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Behavioral Sciences (as of fall 2019), and a Master of Science degree in Criminology.

Overview

These programs are ideally suited to students planning professional and/or academic careers in criminal justice related fields. Department offerings are diversified and integrated, reflecting the wide range of job opportunities in the field, including direct service and administration in law enforcement, corrections, victimology/victim services, juvenile justice, and forensic behavioral sciences. 

The Criminology major, offered at California State University, Fresno is designed to prepare students for beginning professional work in criminal justice and to provide preparation for graduate work including law school. Criminology courses at the undergraduate level include integration of theoretical and applied materials of an interdisciplinary nature. 

The corrections option is designed for students interested in careers in probation, parole, correctional institutions, and other affiliated forms of work. 

The law enforcement option is designed for students interested in careers with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, or law enforcement careers within the private sector. 

The victimology option is designed for students interested in careers in domestic violence programs, rape counseling programs, victim/witness programs, or other victim-related programs at the local, state, or federal level; these programs can either be criminal justice based or community based. An internship course is required in the corrections, law enforcement, and victimology options. 

The Forensic Behavioral Sciences major prepares students interested in traditional criminal justice careers. However, it is also designed for students interested in the application of other behavioral sciences — such as psychology, anthropology, social work, and linguistics — to the criminal justice system.

What You Can Learn

  • The composition, manufacture, use, and misuse of drugs and their relationship to criminality
  • The psychological bases of criminal behavior
  • Typology and history of family abuse
  • Crimes' causal factors, agencies of justice, treatment processes, and programs for control and prevention of juvenile delinquency

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Concentrations: 

  • Criminology - Victimology Option, B.S.
  • Criminology - Corrections Option, B.S.
  • Criminology - Law Enforcement Option, B.S. - Continuing & Global Education
  • Criminology - Law Enforcement Option, B.S.
  • Forensic Behavioral Sciences, B.S.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    61

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General Requirements

  • Submit a Cal State Apply online and pay $55 USD (non-refundable) by credit card or Submit the Paper Application
  • Official English language proficiency
  • Original or certificated copies of in-progress or final transcripts
  • A copy of graduation certificate (if applicable)
  • Financial document (no older than 6 months) & Affidavit of Support from sponsors showing the amount and source of support for a minimum of one school year of study
  • A copy of the biographic information/photo page in your passport
  • Statement of purpose, principal's or teacher's recommendation is encouraged not required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16089 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16089 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16089 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16089 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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