B.A. in Psychology (Forensic Psychology Track)


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.
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 Requirements (52 credits)

College Competencies (21 credits)

ENWR1101     Academic Writing
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
Oral Communication 
Quantitative Analysis 
Ethical and Moral Analysis 
Scientific Analysis
PSYC3202     Experimental Psychology

Liberal Arts Distribution (18 credits) 

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

University Requirements (13 credits)

FRSH1000     Freshman Seminar
CORE1001     Perspectives on the Individual
CORE2002     The American Experience
CORE2003     Cross-cultural Perspectives
CORE3004     Global Issues

Major Requirements (42 credits)

Required Major Courses (24 credits)

PSYC1101     General Psychology I
PSYC1102     General Psychology II
PSYC2204     Child Development
PSYC2234     Social Psychology
PSYC2201     Statistics
PSYC3315     Abnormal Psychology
PSYC3384     Theories of Personality
PSYC4500     Senior Seminar in Psychology 

Forensic Psychology Track Courses (18 credits)

CRIM1101     Introduction to Criminal Justice
PSYC3305     Adolescent Growth & Development
PSYC3317     Psychology & the Law
PSYC3421     Psychology of Criminal Behavior
PSYC3482      Psychological Profiling of Homicidal Offenders
Field Placement, Independent Study in Psychology (or)
1Co-op in Psychology

Minor/SAC (18 credits)
Free Electives (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.)