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2016-2017 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.A. with a Concentration in Forensic Psychology

The College of Education  undergraduate major in Psychology provides students with the opportunity to think as scientists about behavior and experience and develop the skills and values that reflect psychology as both a science and an applied field. In attempting to meet this goal, the program seeks to assist individuals with beginning to view themselves in terms of the scientist-practitioner model. The program strives to prepare students for graduate training in psychology and counseling and a baccalaureate level career that draws on an understanding of human behavior and functioning. The curriculum is aligned with the 2013 American Psychological Association’s undergraduate psychology learning goals in the knowledge base, methods, values, and skills related to psychology, including applications in psychology, technological literacy, communication skills, socio-cultural and international awareness, and personal and professional growth.

Students with an interest in the area of forensic psychology may pursue the undergraduate major in Psychology with a Concentration in Forensic Psychology. The forensic psychology concentration is aligned with the same 2013 APA learning goals as the general B.A. in psychology curriculum, with additional opportunities for acquiring knowledge and skills specific to forensic psychology. The forensic psychology concentration focuses on application of the science and profession of psychology to the criminal justice and legal systems. Forensic psychologists conduct research and consult on psychological issues in the legal process, such as eyewitness testimony, jury selection, psychological assessment, and children’s testimony. Forensic psychologists also consult with lawmakers and law enforcement personnel on public policy, criminal justice, and correctional systems issues with psychological implications.

Although employment as a forensic psychologist requires specialized graduate training at the master’s or doctoral level, a bachelor’s-level concentration in forensic psychology introduces the knowledge base, skills, and professional practices that prepare the student for graduate study in forensic psychology and related fields. The forensic psychology concentration also contributes to bachelor’s level preparation for careers such as law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, and juvenile detention.

Undergraduate students who expect to do graduate study in forensic psychology or other areas in psychology should, with the assistance of their advisor, carefully select the courses that will qualify them for admission to a graduate program. Graduate programs commonly require 24 to 30 hours in undergraduate psychology, including statistics, research methodology, cognitive/learning, developmental psychology, personality theory, experimental psychology, social psychology, and abnormal psychology.

Special Admissions Requirements

In addition to meeting the university admission requirements, applicants must either have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher or their G.P.A. for their last 60 hours must be a 2.0 or higher for admission to the program. Under special circumstances, consideration on a case-by-case basis will be made.

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree and participate in outcome assessment activities as requested upon admittance to the program, periodically during the program, and upon graduating from the program. Students must have a grade of “C” or higher in required core and selective courses.

General Education Requirement (37 Hours)

These three courses are required for the major. If alternative courses are used to meet the social science and math requirements, these three courses will become part of the required course list.

Cognitive/Behavioral Psychology

Select one* of the following:

Biological Psychology

Select one* of the following:

Forensic Psychology Concentration (15 Hours)

Electives (31* Hours)

* Must include a minimum of 9-12 credit-hours of courses offered at the 3000-4000 level.

Total - 120 Hours