B.A. in Psychology (Specialization in Forensic Psychology)

By taking only 42 credits of prescribed psychology courses, students are able to complete the requirements for the major and the track without exceeding the normal 128 credits required for graduation. The three additional credits beyond the 39 that are normally required for a general psychology major come from free elective credits, which are reduced from 24 to 21. If students wish to take additional psychology courses outside the track, including any of the courses recommended below, they may do so as free electives. Please see the check sheet.

Qualifications for admission to the track include the following:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  2. A minimum of 6 credits completed in psychology with at least a 2.75 average.
  3. Once admitted to the track, students must maintain the above GPA requirements for continuation.

The courses required for the forensic psychology track include the standard 24 credits of required major courses, plus the 18 credits of major electives listed below.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQ.

52 (Credits)

 

College Competencies

21 (Credits)

ENGL1101

English Composition I

3

ENGL1102

English Composition II

3

 

Oral Communication:

3
 

Quantitative Analysis:

3
 

Ethical and Moral Analysis:

3
 

Scientific Analysis:

 

PSYC3202

Experimental Psychology

3

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____________________________

3

 

LIBERAL ARTS DISTRIBUTION

18 (Credits)

 

Language and Culture:

6
 

Social and Behavioral Sciences:

6
 

Art and Humanities:

6
 

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

13 (Credits)

FRSH1000

Freshman Seminar

1

CORE1006

The Global Challenge

3 (DL)

CORE2007

Perspectives on the Individual

3

CORE2008

Cross-cultural Perspectives

3

CORE3009

The American Experience

3

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

42 (Credits)
 

Required Major Courses

24 (Credits)

PSYC1101

General Psychology I
3

PSYC1102

General Psychology II
3

PSYC2204

Child Development

3

PSYC2234

Social Psychology

3

PSYC2201

Statistics

3

PSYC3315

Abnormal Psychology

3

PSYC3384

Theories of Personality

3

PSYC4500

Senior Seminar in Psychology

3

 

FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY TRACK COURSES:

18 (Credits)

CRIM1101

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

PSYC3305

Adolescent Growth & Development

3

PSYC3317

Psychology & the Law
3

PSYC3421

Psychology of Criminal Behavior
3

PSYC3482

Psychological Profiling of Homicidal Offenders
3

PSYC____

Field Placement, Independent Study in Psychology or1Co-op in Psychology

3
 

MINOR/SAC: _____________________

18 (Credits)

 

FREE ELECTIVES2

16 (Credits)

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: This requirement consists of six credits in English Composition (ENGL1101 and ENGL1102) and six credits of writing intensive courses within the major.

ORAL COMMUNICATION: Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with public speaking and oral presentations, typically a course in Speech.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS: Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with mathematics and statistics with application to everyday problems.

ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS: Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with ethical theories and questions. This course could be in Philosophy or a course within a major program.

SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS: Requirements consist of a minimum of six credits of laboratory science. CHEM1118 Forensic Science is strongly recommended for the track in Forensic Psychology.

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE: This requirement can be satisfied by one of four options: traditional language courses with significant cultural elements, LANG courses listings under “Language and Culture Studies,” language-based study abroad, or the six highest ESL/ESP credits for non-native English speakers.

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES: This requirement can be satisfied by six credits of coursework in Communication, Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, or Sociology.

ART AND HUMANITIES: This requirement can be satisfied by six credits of coursework in Art (visual or performing), English Literature, History, Humanities, Philosophy, or Religion.

DISTANCE LEARNING REQUIREMENTS: All University students are required to complete one (1) on-line distance learning course during each academic level (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year) of matriculation.

1CO-OP and/or INTERNSHIP is arranged by Career Development. Students must contact the Director of Career Development before the start of their junior year.

2RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES: Students enrolled in the track in Forensic Psychology are encouraged to take the following 3-credit courses as free electives: CRIM2215 Crime and Forensics, CRIM2230 Death Penalty, PSYC3301 Drugs and Behavior, PSYC3324 Group and Family Dynamics, and PSYC3394 Disorders of Addiction.

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation (for the B.A.).