2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

Forensic Psychology, Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts

The Forensic Psychology BA/MA program is designed for students who are interested in the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system. The mission of the Forensic Psychology major is to enhance students’ understanding of individual behavior, in terms of its biological, cognitive, social and emotional components and their interaction, and its effects on the broader community. Students will learn to employ an empirical approach to understand human behavior. The major prepares students for a number of careers and graduate work in psychology, social work, law enforcement, or other criminal justice professions.

Learning Outcomes. Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical and theoretical foundations of psychology, as well as key concepts, content, and research methods in the major sub-disciplines of psychology and in the field of “psychology and the law”.
  • Demonstrate appropriate information literacy, including the ability to perform effective database searches.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design an ethically appropriate psychological research study and analyze and interpret basic research data.
  • Gather, read, synthesize and critique primary source psychological and psycho-legal literature.
  • Communicate effectively through oral  and written presentations and demonstrate appropriate use of APA style.
  • Critically and skeptically evaluate psychological information and extend this critical thinking to one’s own work and all aspects of life-long learning.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of contextual influences on individual behavior and diversity of perspectives, including those related to race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, nationality and culture.
  • Recognize professional ethics inherent in different aspects of psychology, including forensic psychology.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of how psychology relates to real-life professional and personal situations.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the scope and entry qualifications of professional and graduate programs in psychology.

Credits Required.

Forensic Psychology BA Major 28
Other Required Undergraduate Courses 0-3
General Education 42
Undergraduate Electives 19-22
MA in Forensic Psychology 42
Total Credits Required for BA/MA Degree 134

BA/MA Coordinator. Professor Rebecca Weiss, Psychology Department (646.557.1160, bamadirector@jjay.cuny.edu)

Forensic Psychology BA Core Required Courses

Required

PSY 101Introduction to Psychology

3

PSY 200Cognitive Psychology

3

PSY 221Social Psychology

3

PSY 231Developmental Psychology

3

PSY 242Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY 311Research Methods in Psychology

4

PSY 370/LAW 370Psychology and the Law

3

STA 250Principles and Methods of Statistics

3

Please note: STA 250 must be completed in the undergraduate portion of the program.

Choose one

PSY 421Forensic Social and Experimental Psychology

3

or

PSY 425Seminar in Forensic Psychology

3

or

PSY 430Clinical Topics in Forensic Psychology

3

or

PSY 476Seminar in the Psychological Analysis of Criminal Behavior and the Criminal Justice System

3

or

PSY 485Advanced Undergraduate Research Experience in Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours: 28


Other Required Undergraduate Courses

Required depending on math placement

MAT 108Social Science Math

3

or

MAT 141Pre-Calculus

3

MAT 108 Social Science Math or MAT 141 Pre-Calculus may be needed depending on student's math placement. These courses can fulfill the Required Core: Math and Quantitative Reasoning area in the College's General Education program.

Total Credit Hours: 0-3

Undergraduate Electives

Students must complete 19-22 credits of electives to fulfill the undergraduate portion of the degree program. Students have free choice of electives being mindful of the requirements for earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Students must have 90 credits of courses in liberal arts and sciences. Student may opt to complete a minor with their elective credits.

Total Credit Hours: 19-22

Forensic Psychology Master's Program

The remaining 42 credits are applied to courses taken in the Master's degree program, which is outlined below. If a student decides to leave the B.A./M.A. program or fails to maintain the required 3.5 GPA for the program, they are required to complete the entire undergraduate major to earn the Bachelor's Degree.

Two Additional Courses

One course in PSY 731 or PSY 741 and one course in PSY 760 or  PSY 761.

Total Credit Hours:6

Tracks

There are three track options for students in the Forensic Psychology Master's program: Thesis, Externship, and Externship/Thesis Combination. Students are required to complete one of the three tracks.

Total Credit Hours:18

Thesis Track

9 credit Thesis Track plus 9 elective credits

PSY 737Descriptive and Statistical Data Analysis in Psychology

3

PSY 738Advanced Research Methods

3

PSY 791Prospectus Seminar

3

Students who elect to complete their degree by writing a master's thesis must earn a grade of A or A- in PSY 715 and PSY 769. These tow courses are pre-requisites for PSY 738 and PSY 791. Students must obtain approval from a full-time faculty mentor serving as a a thesis sponsor and permission of the Program Director before enrolling in PSY 791.

Externship Track

3 credit Externship Track plus 15 elective credits

PSY 780Fieldwork in Counseling I

3

Students who elect to complete their degree by completing the Externship Track will complete a 300-hour in an appropriate psychological setting, under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or other trained mental health professional approved by the Program Director.

Externship/Thesis Track

13 credit Externship/Thesis Combo Track plus 6 elective credits

PSY 737Descriptive and Statistical Data Analysis in Psychology

3

PSY 738Advanced Research Methods

3

PSY 780Fieldwork in Counseling I

3

PSY 791Prospectus Seminar

3

Required Courses

PSY 700Mental Health Professionals, Social Science and the Law

3

PSY 715Research Design and Methods

3

PSY 745Psychopathology

3

PSY 769Intermediate Statistics in the Social Sciences

3

Total Credit Hours:12
*PSY 700, PSY 715, and PSY 745 must be taken within the first 24 credits of the program.

Psychological Testing Courses

Select two.

PSY 734Criminal Psychological Assessment

3

PSY 751Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment

3

PSY 752Projective Personality Assessment

3

PSY 753Objective Personality Assessment

3

PSY 779Brain and Behavior

3

Total Credit Hours:6
*PSY 745 is a prerequisite for all testing courses. 

Forensic Psychology MA Electives

6-15 credits required depending on Track choice

PSY 701Criminal Behavior

3

PSY 703Violence and Aggression

3

PSY 705Victimology

3

PSY 707Counseling and Rehabilitation of the Offender

3

PSY 708Crisis Intervention and Short-term Counseling

3

PSY 714Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

3

PSY 716Assessment and Counseling of the Juvenile Offender

3

PSY 718Social Science Evidence in Court

3

PSY 720Social Psychology and the Legal System

3

PSY 722Evaluation and Counseling of the Sex Offender

3

PSY 726Mental Health Issues in Policing

3

PSY 727Eyewitness Identification

3

PSY 728Social Psychopathology

3

PSY 729Terrorism

3

PSY 730Ethical Issues in Forensic Mental Health

3

PSY 742Family Violence and Disputes

3

PSY 746Empirical Profiling Methods

3

PSY 747The Treatment and Prevention of Childhood Psychopathology

3

PSY 748Empirical Crime Scene Analysis

3

PSY 754Advanced Forensic Assessment

3

PSY 763Behavior Modification and Learning Theory

3

PSY 764Hypnosis, Psychology and the Law

3

PSY 766Personality Profiles of the Homicidal Offender

3

Total Credit Hours:6-15

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 134