Minor in Forensic Psychology

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

This minor is designed to supplement the study of psychology, criminology, or other justice-related areas with an overview of the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system. The minor focuses specifically on mental illness in the criminal justice system, the psychological experiences of victims, psychological science in the courtroom, and psychological factors related to criminal behavior.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

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Core Courses

PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 380 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3
PSYC 381 Mental Illness and Criminal Justice 3
Total Credits 9


Select two courses from the following: 6
Psychology of Crime Victims
Forensic Psychology: Science and Pseudoscience
Criminal Behavior: Psychological and Neurological Aspects
Introduction to Criminal Justice (Mason Core)
Special Topics 1
Selected Topics in Forensic Psychology 1
Total Credits 6