Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Forensic Psychology)

This program offers one of the only undergraduate forensic psychology degrees in the country. Explore how psychology interacts with the law, and learn about abnormal behavior and the function of psychology in correctional systems and legal structures.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 06/30/2021


Total classes: 39

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What skills do you earn in a BA in forensic psychology program?

Through this program, you can acquire a better understanding of the mental state of offenders as well as psychological topics related to the court system. For instance, forensic psychologists may be called upon to assess the biases of juries. You can build upon your existing background in mental health, law enforcement, the court system or corrections.

What can I do with a BA in forensic psychology?

 

With a BA in forensic psychology, you can pursue some specific careers in criminal justice or mental health. If you want to work as a psychologist, you’ll need to complete an advanced degree. Becoming a forensic psychologist requires a doctoral-level education. This program can prepare you for further studies in the field or support professional growth in your current career.

What’s the difference between a BS and a BA in forensic psychology?

 

While a BA in forensic psychology will focus on concepts related to human behavior and the justice system, a BS will provide more of a foundation in math and science. Depending on your career interests, you may be better suited to one option than the other. Both degrees can be useful for applying to graduate programs, but the BA offers more choice in course selection during your undergraduate studies.

Courses for a BA in forensic psychology

Foundational courses in the forensic psychology degree program cover core concepts, including research, psychology, statistics and the law. In addition, you can pursue a wide range of electives based on your interests, including juvenile justice or specific categories of criminal behavior. Some courses you might take include:


PSY 290: Research Methods (L or SG)


PSY 494: Psychology of Criminal Investigations


CRJ 309: Criminology (SB)


PSY 368: Forensic Psychology


PSY 468: Psychology and Law


PSY 474: Correctional Psychology


PSY 366: Abnormal Psychology (SB)


PSY 230: Introduction to Statistics (CS)


Careers in forensic psychology with a bachelor’s degree

Professional paths you can pursue with a bachelor’s in forensic psychology include administrative and corrections roles or positions as a technician. Other careers in the field may require further education.

Some potential paths, including those that might involve additional study, are:

Behavioral Health Specialist


Growth: 8.3 %
Salary: $61,980

Detective Sergeant


Growth: 4.5 %
Salary: $79,970

Lawyer


Growth: 8.2 %
Salary: $119,250

Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Growth: %
Salary:

Mental Health Counselor


Growth: 23.1 %
Salary:

Probation Officer


Growth: 5.7 %
Salary: $51,410

Psychiatrist


Growth: %
Salary:

Social Worker


Growth: 14.2 %
Salary: $44,380

Substance Abuse Social Worker


Growth: 19.3 %
Salary: $43,250

Dedicated faculty who inspire excellence

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience anywhere around the globe from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Their areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more. Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world and pursue careers that benefit their community.

Dedicated faculty who inspire excellence

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience anywhere around the globe from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Their areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more. Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world and pursue careers that benefit their community.

Admission requirements for the BA in forensic psychology program

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

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of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities. 

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