Degree Requirements - BA/MA program in Forensic Psychology


During the first 3 of the 5 years, students in the combined BA/MA program will complete the undergraduate classes that are currently required of students in the Forensic track of the BA in Psychology program. During their 3rd and 4th years, students will take required graduate-level courses, as well as the remainder of their undergraduate courses; undergraduate courses should be completed by the end of 4th year. During their 5th year, students will take the remainder of their graduate-level courses.

During their 5th year, students will also complete a 300-hour externship (field placement). Additionally, they must pass a written comprehensive examination of the student’s knowledge of forensic psychology, abnormal psychology, and statistics. The comprehensive examination may only be taken twice. Failure to complete the externship and/or failure to pass the comprehensive examination will result in dismissal from the master’s program.

The accelerated program must be completed in 5 years; interested students for whom it is not feasible to complete the BA/MA requirements within 5 years are welcome to apply instead to the MA program.

Students in the accelerated program will take the following graduate-level courses. The ones indicated with an asterisk (*) are taken in lieu of current content-similar undergraduate requirements. Students will receive undergraduate credit for these courses, regardless of whether you complete a terminal BA degree, or go on to complete your MA. A grade of B- or better is required for passing courses at the graduate level. Students in the BA/MA program are considered to be on “probationary status” until the required courses for 3rd and 4th years are completed and passed according to this standard, pending faculty approval.

Students in the accelerated program will not be permitted to register for classes each semester without meeting first for advisement. Please plan accordingly.

Below is the proposed sequence of courses for BA/MA students. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.
General Education Requirements (47 credits)

College Competencies (21 credits)

ENWR1101     Academic Writing
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
Oral Communication 
Quantitative Analysis 
Ethical and Moral Analysis 
Scientific Analysis

Liberal Arts Distribution (18 credits) 

Language and Culture (6 credits) 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
Art and Humanities (6 credits) 

University Requirements (8 credits)

UNIV1001       Transitioning to University Life
UNIV1002        Preparing for Professional Life
UNIV2001       Cross-cultural Perspectives 
UNIV2002       Global Issues         

Major Requirements (30 credits)

CRIM1101     General Psychology
CRIM2204     Child Development
PSYC1103     General Psychology
PSYC2201     Statistics
PSYC2204     Child Development
PSYC3202     Experimental Psychology
PSYC4500     Senior Seminar in Psychology 
PSYC____     Field Placement, Elective, Indep. Study, Or 1Co-op in Psychology
PSYC/CRIM     2Psychology or Criminal Justice Elective
Psychology Elective

Minor/SAC (15 credits)
Free Electives (13 credits)
Graduate Courses (36 credits)

PSYC6111     *Theories of Personality
PSYC6114     *Psychopathology
PSYC6121     Statistics & Research Methods
PSYC6130     InterviewingTechniques
PSCY6227     Clinical Practice in Forensic Contexts
PSCY6230     *Intro to Forensic Psychology
PSYC6231     *Psychological Bases of Criminal Behavior
PSYC6109     2Social Psychology Applications
PSYC7230      Forensic Assessment and Prediction
PSCY7234      Ethical Issues in Forensic Practice
PSCY7235      Evaluating Criminal Resp and Competency
PSYC7240     Externship in Forensic Psychology

Total (141 credits)

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION:  This requirement consists of six credits in English Composition (ENWR1101 and ENWR1102) and six credits of writing intensive courses within the major.

ORAL COMMUNICATION:  Requirements consist of a three-credit Speech course.

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.

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.

1CO-OP AND/OR INTERNSHIP:  Is/are arranged by Career Development. Students must contact the Director of Career Development before the start of their junior year.

2PSYCHOLOGY/CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVE:  Is satisfied by completion of an approved forensic course.

* Students in the BA/MA track complete identified graduate courses in lieu of similar content-based undergraduate courses. If students completed PSYC3310, then they must substitute an alternative approved graduate course for PSYC7125. Similarly, if students completed PSYC 3305, then they must substitute an alternative approved graduate course for PSYC6111. With pre-approval, any graduate forensic course from School of Psychology; Criminal Justice, Political Science, & International Studies; Homeland Security; or Administrative Science programs may be accepted as a substitute for PSYC7125 or PSYC6111.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation (for the BA).  An additional 21 credits are required for the graduate (MA) degree.