Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Psychology majors choose from five specializations to best suit their personal interests and professional goals. Each program is designed to help students meet entry-level career requirements and/or pursue advanced degrees in their chosen subfields.
The Forensic Psychology Program was designed for students who want a central focus of study on the interplay of psychology and the criminal justice system. This merging of the two disciplines provides students with a comprehensive major that is adequate in both depth and breadth of exploration.
Career and Graduate Study Options
The curriculum prepares students for entry-level career opportunities where human behavior and the legal system intersect (alternative incarceration programs, probation, juvenile detention, etc.) and provides adequate experience to determine interest to pursue the extensive training required for a doctorate in Forensic Psychology.
In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will be able to:
- Describe the social and developmental precursors and psychological qualities common to deviant behavior;
- Identify the various methods of assessment employed to evaluate dangerousness to self and others, trial competency, and behavioral accountability;
- Evaluate various treatment options for criminal offenders, taking into account both legal and psychological implications.
Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees
A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of PS) in this major. This requirement extends to HS, CJ, and CH/ED courses in the Mental Health Worker, Forensic Psychology, and Developmental Psychology programs, respectively.