Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Forensic Psychology
Study forensic psychology with this Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology. In this online degree, explore how psychology interacts with the law, and learn about abnormal behavior and the function of psychology in correctional systems and legal structures.
Next start date: 01/09/2023
Total classes: 39
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What skills do you learn in a forensic psychology program?
Through this psychology degree with a concentration in forensic psychology, 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 psychology?
With a BA in psychology with a concentration 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 psychology?
ASU Online offers both a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology. This BA will focus on concepts related to human behavior and the justice system, whereas 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.
Forensic psychology classes
Foundational courses in the BA in psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology 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 366: Abnormal Psychology (SB)
PSY 290: Research Methods (L or SG)
PSY 368: Forensic Psychology
PSY 468: Psychology and Law
PSY 474: Correctional Psychology
CRJ 309: Criminology (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 psychology with a concentration 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:
Admission requirements for the forensic psychology program
You are considered a first-year student 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).
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