Forensic psychology is the application of psychology to the law. The online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology combines general training in psychology with specialized coursework in criminal law, criminal behavior, the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders and legal decision-making.
Next start date: 05/18/2020
Total classes: 39
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
When courts are faced with cases in which a psychology-related question arises, they may turn to psychologists and ask for help with the case. For example, psychologists might assist the court in understanding a criminal's mental state at the time of a crime or whether a particular jury might have been biased against a defendant based on his or her race. This is the realm of forensic psychology.
The online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology degree program will teach students about the various roles for psychologists in the legal system and help them discover which roles they might like to pursue through careers in mental health, criminal justice or through graduate training. It is important to note that, while there are some career opportunities that only require a Bachelor’s Degree (e.g., police officer, criminal justice administration, corrections, mental health technician), many other careers in forensic psychology require graduate training.
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