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Forensic Psychology Major Option

The common objective of forensic psychology is to consider how the principles of scientific psychology are applied to legal issues at every level of the justice system. Clinical work in the forensic area may include assessments involving competency to stand trial, risk of reoffending, and treatment for drug abuse and mentally disordered offenders. Non-clinical work in the forensic area may involve research on memory, perception, child development, and decision making as it pertains to eyewitnesses, juvenile offenders, and police training and procedures. The goal of forensic psychology as a field is to support and influence law enforcement officers, attorneys, and judges to adopt and implement empirically based policies that increase accuracy and fairness in the justice system.

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major option in Forensic Psychology requires that all students take introductory psychology, statistics, research methods, specialty courses in forensic psychology, directed electives in clinical and non-clinical psychology, and forensically relevant electives. Students also complete a capstone project that consists of an independent, scholarly paper demonstrating a depth of knowledge about a forensically relevant psychological topic.  Among the course choices in the forensic psychology option is a substance abuse course sequence. The substance abuse course sequence is designed for students interested in substance abuse and treatment. This course sequence can prepare students for working with offenders with substance use/abuse issues within and outside of correctional facilities (e.g., those in prisons or on probation).

Forensic Psychology Minor

The forensic psychology minor is open to all non-psychology majors.

Forensic Major/Minor Program Requirements

Course requirements for Forensic Major Option and Forensic Minor

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