Our Forensic Psychology Degree Programs
Next Start Date:
August 24, 2020 (All Programs)
Forensic Psychology is an interdisciplinary major focused on behavioral analysis as it applies to the law. Forensic psychologists participate in forensic investigations in cases of abuse, neglect, and custody; help determine the validity of witness testimony; profile criminal behavior to assist law enforcement; and assess the competence of those testifying in court. Strong clinical psychology skills (particularly in psychological disorders and assessment), cultural awareness, and an understanding of legal proceedings are essential for a forensic psychology career. Graduate study and licensure is required for practice.
The Forensic Psychology major at Columbia College includes foundation courses for the discipline to prepare students for advanced training, including criminological theory, psychological disorders, ethics in criminal justice, and personality.
In general, employment of psychologists is expected to grow 14 percent through 2026 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Students with a Forensic Psychology degree may work in police departments (particularly for crime analysis), government agencies, law offices, and insurance companies. Students may go on to graduate school to become licensed. With licensure, forensic psychologists can conduct forensic psychological evaluations on youth and adults and provide witness testimony in civil and criminal trials. They can determine defendant competency for court cases and help with jury selection.
Forensic Psychology Areas of Study
SOC 151 must be taken to fulfill the General Education Human Institutions and Behavior requirement. Two 4 s.h. laboratory courses are required as restricted electives.
- ANTH 131 Cultural Anthropology
- CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
- CJ 202 Courts
- CJ 331 Forensic Science with Lab
- CJ 350 Criminal Procedure I
- CJ 401 Criminological Theory
- CJ 402 Ethics in Criminal Justice
- PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology
- PSY 240 Drugs, Behavior, and Society
or PSY 340 Addictions
or CJ 430 Drugs and Criminal Justice
- PSY 300 Statistics for Behavioral Science
or CJ 403 Statistics in Criminal Justice
- PSY 303 Lifespan Development
- PSY 342 Psychological Disorders
- PSY 349 Research Methods in Behavioral Science
- PSY 382 Social Psychology
- PSY 396 Psychology of Personality
All students are required to complete 120 semester hours to receive a bachelor’s degree. This includes general education requirements and major requirements.