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Forensic Psychology

Division of Arts and Sciences

In the Forensic Psychology concentration, learners demonstrate foundational knowledge and application of the interactions between the legal system and psychology. The concentration focuses on introductory knowledge of the psychology behind criminal behavior and of the roles forensic psychology professionals play in legal proceedings and treatment. Additionally, learners recognize the role, rights, and needs of victims in the criminal justice process. Successful graduates of this concentration are prepared to pursue graduate work in forensic psychology or other areas of psychology of interest, or pursue careers in entry-level positions within the criminal justice system, such as a victim advocate or child protective worker.

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Four Required Courses

 

 

18 quarter credits

PSYC2330
Introduction to Forensic Psychology

This course presents a broad overview of the field of forensic psychology, including applicable work settings, the types of tasks forensic psychology professionals perform, and required training. Learners determine the ways in which psychology intersects with the legal system in both criminal and civil cases, with particular emphasis on how the law takes mental health into consideration. Additional course topics include abnormal behavior and the application of ethics.

3 quarter credits
PSYC3110 *
Abnormal Psychology

The focus of this course is abnormal behavior, which learners investigate using the framework of mental pathology. Learners evaluate scientific, empirically based analyses of mental disorders and deviant behavior. Learners also examine the range of psychological disorders and assess the disorders’ biological, psychological, and social consequences. In addition, learners demonstrate their knowledge of abnormal psychology treatment methods. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

6 quarter credits
PSYC3130
Criminal Psychology and Behavior

In this course, learners gain a basic understanding of the impact criminal psychology and criminal behaviors have on the law, police, and communities. Learners also examine the uses of criminal psychology relative to criminal behaviors, and theories surrounding these behaviors. In addition, learners analyze popular criminal defenses relative to criminal psychology and behaviors, and explore examples in well-known criminal cases.

6 quarter credits
PSYC3150
Victimology

This course introduces victimology and the impact crime has on victims and society as a whole. Learners gain an understanding of the effects and financial costs relative to victimization in the United States. Learners also assess various victims’ rights, as well as the issues and social policies that surround victims’ rights.

3 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

18 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Please note that some courses within this program have prerequisites that are not listed as required courses, which may increase the total number of courses needed to complete this program.