Department of Psychology

Chairperson: Dr. Karen Sears
Office: Waggoner Hall 100
Telephone: (309) 298-1593; Fax: (309) 298-2179
Website: wiu.edu/psychology

Forensic Psychology Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science—Psychology Option B

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Psychology must complete I, II, and III below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

 

I. University General Education and College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Requirements: 55 s.h.

II. Core Courses: 11 s.h.
PSY 100, 223, 323†, 492, 499

III. Forensic Psychology: 55 s.h.

  1. PSY 453: 3 s.h.
  2. PSY 490, taken twice with different topics: 6 s.h.*
  3. Directed Electives: 18 s.h.
    Select 18 s.h. from any of the following courses:
    Clinical Foundations: PSY 334, 335, 336, 424, 442, 451, 454 Non-Clinical Foundations: PSY 343, 346, 422, 430, 452, 456; PSY/ANTH 353
  4. Forensically Related Electives: 12 s.h.
    Select 12 s.h. from the following courses: AAS 270; ANTH 405; HIST 210, 303; LEJA 212, 306, 312, 357, 412, 413; PHIL 205, 420; POLS 319; PSY 434, 435, 436; SW 325, 380; SOC 255, 300, 355, 425, 445, 463, 485; SOC/WS 435
  5. Any Minor: 16 s.h.

*PSY 490 Seminar Topics:

  • Clinical Issues in Forensic Psychology (Knight)
  • Child Witnesses (McGuire)
  • Eyewitness Memory (McClure)
  • Drugs and Addiction (Dworkin)
  • Forensic Aging (Intrieri)
  • Psychology of Investigation (McClure)

Forensic Psychology Minor Requirements - 18 s.h.

  1. PSY 100, 453, 490*: 9 s.h.
  2. Select 6 hours from the following: 6 s.h. PSY 221, 250, 251, 357, 380, 422, 424, 433, 451, 452, 454, 456, 457, 490*
  3. Select 3 hours from the following: 3 s.h. ANTH 405; PHIL 205; POLS 319; SOC 255, 300, 355, 425, 445, 485; WS/SOC 435

* Seminar course—PSY 490 may be taken twice, once as a core requirement and once as a Directed Elective, but they must be on different topics in Forensic Psychology.