Department of Psychology

Forensic Psychology Minor

Open to all non-psychology majors

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. [ View Catalog]

Receiving a minor in Forensic Psychology requires 18 semester hours credit from the three groups of classes listed below. For more information, please contact us.

Forensic Psychology Minor Requirement -- 18 s.h.

Core Courses (9 s.h.)

  • PSY 100, PSY 453, PSY 490*

Tier 1 Elective Course (6 s.h.)

  • Select 6 hours from the following: PSY 221, PSY 250, PSY 251, PSY 357, PSY 380, PSY 422, PSY 424, PSY 433, PSY 451, PSY 452, PSY 454, PSY 456, PSY 457, PSY 490*

Tier 2 Elective Courses (3 s.h.)

  • Select 3 hours from the following: ANTH 405, PHIL 205, POLS 319, SOC 255, SOC 300, SOC 355, SOC 425, SOC 445, SOC 485, WS/SOC 435

 * PSY 490 Seminar course 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.