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Explore our BS in Psychology Forensic Psychology concentration

How can you make an impact on the criminal justice system by using your knowledge of human behavior and psychology? In the Forensic Psychology concentration, you will develop a new perspective on the application of psychological principles, questions of the law that may be relevant to legal proceedings, and other vital areas.

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Curriculum

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (35 cr.)
    • Psychology elective courses (10 cr.)
    • Elective courses (55 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

This sequence represents the minimum credits and courses to completion. Credits to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

FIRST-TERM COURSE

HMNT 1001

Living and Learning in a Technological World

Imagine life without cell phones, television, or the Internet. Recent technological developments have significantly altered all aspects of human life: at work; in play; and in personal, family, and social interactions. In this course, students examine the advantages, disadvantages, and controversies of living and learning in an ever-changing technological environment. By exploring multiple perspectives, students discover how technology is changing media, culture, business, health, human behavior, and overall access to information. In a dynamic, reflective, and engaging classroom environment, students use a variety of audio, visual, literary, and artistic resources, to engage in open dialogue. Students are also introduced to the tools essential to success at Walden. Students complete the course with a personalized success plan that provides a customized roadmap and tools that they can use immediately on their journey toward the completion of their bachelor's degree. *Note: virtual, cyber, digital, and asynchronous are used to describe online environments in this course.

(6 cr.)

CORE COURSES

PSYC 1001

Introduction to Psychology

In this course, students will be introduced to the scientific study of observable behavior and internal experiences such as thoughts and feelings. Psychological facts, principles, and theories associated with methods of analysis, learning, memory, brain functioning, sensation, perception, motivation, emotions, personality, social behavior, human development, and psychological disorders and treatment will be introduced. Students will learn to understand human behavior by examining the integrative influences of biological, psychological, and social-cultural factors. The concepts in this course will prepare psychology majors for more in-depth study of the major areas of psychology, and will provide a foundational understanding of human behavior for non-psychology majors.

(5 cr.)
PSYC 2000

Psychology Seminar

In this survey course, BS in Psychology program majors assess their marketable skills, career needs, and career goals. Students learn to make informed choices and plans regarding graduate training in psychology or other related fields of study, as well as job-seeking skills in psychology. Additional topics covered are introductory-level approaches to critical thinking, information literacy skills, and writing in the format and style of the discipline. Students will also reflect on how their chosen major of psychology relates to Walden's mission of social change. This course is graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. (Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1001.)

(5 cr.)
PSYC 2001

Cross-Cultural Psychology

Contemporary life requires the ability to relate to people who are different. In this course, students will explore major areas of psychology in light of culture's influence, challenging their own world views and unconscious biases in order to develop greater sensitivity to the impact of cultural differences on interactions in a variety of settings. Topics include definitions and approaches to understanding culture; the role of psychology in understanding bias; cultural aspects of cognition and intelligence; emotion; motivation; development and socialization; disorders; and applications of cross-cultural psychology. (Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)

(5 cr.)
PSYC 2009

Theories of Personality

This course is an introduction to the theoretical approaches to understanding personality. Students examine key theorists and theories including psychoanalytic, neopsychoanalytic, humanistic, trait, biological, behaviorist, and social-cognitive approaches. Perspectives on personality are applied to personal and social issues. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.) 

(5 cr.)
PSYC 3002

Introduction to Basic Statistics

A hallmark of science is the use of numbers to convey research findings; understanding these numbers has both practical and academic value. In this course, students examine basic statistical principles and vocabulary, differentiating methods of data analysis, and interpreting statistical results. The goal of the course is for students to better understand the importance of statistics in research.   PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.) 

(5 cr.)
PSYC 3003

Methods in Psychological Inquiry

A variety of factors may cloud judgment when interpreting experiences.In this course, students learn about research methods that psychologists use to test hypotheses in an objective and systematic manner to minimize biases, providing a framework for more accurate conclusions. Students examine experimental and non-experimental methods, issues related to the validity and reliability of measurement, dependent and independent variables, sampling, and ethical concerns related to psychological research. (Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000 or PSYC 3002.)

(5 cr.)
PSYC 4010

Psychology Capstone

In this course, students integrate knowledge and skills attained through their psychology coursework to create a final Capstone Paper that examines one area of psychology through a professional lens. In addition, students engage in scholarly discourse about key issues and theories, including ethics, learned throughout the program. Finally, students reflect on their experience in the program and consider career possibilities that might utilize their learning while considering ways to contribute to positive social change.   (Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1001, PSYC 2000, and PSYC 2101.)

(5 cr.)

CONCENTRATION COURSES

In addition to the five required courses, choose two additional courses from the other four described below.

REQUIRED

PSYC 2101

Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Students in this course are provided with an expansive overview of forensic psychology, including basic tenets, practices, and procedures. Students explore subspecialties of forensic psychology; roles and responsibilities; and related legal, ethical, and diversity issues. They learn how forensic psychology links to the criminal justice system as they explore related topics, including criminal profiling, police psychology, psychology in the criminal courts, and correctional psychology. Through this course, students acquire a broad understanding of forensic psychology theories and concepts, which they apply to the analysis of controversial issues and contemporary challenges within the field. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.) 

(5 cr.)
PSYC 2005

Social Influences on Behavior

Individuals are often influenced by others and by the social situations in which they find themselves. Students in this course examine the basic concepts and applications of social psychology, including attitudes, beliefs, and behavior; stereotyping; prejudice and discrimination; interpersonal relationships; group behavior; and the effect of environmental stress on behavior. They also learn how bias can sway objective conclusions as well as how ethical factors influence research in social psychology. Students apply principles and theories presented in the course to case studies and situations in daily life, including instances of stereotyping and discrimination. They also use these theories to understand strategies for helping others and reducing aggressive behavior.   (Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)

(5 cr.)
PSYC 3004

Psychological Disorders

Psychological disorders form the basis of diagnosis in psychology. In this course, students examine a wide variety of common psychological disorders, including mood, thought, anxiety, substance abuse, sexual, personality, and dissociative disorders. Students also explore underlying causes, symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments. They examine concepts of normal and abnormal as related to psychology, methods used in the process of diagnosis, and the measurement of psychological functioning. Students also differentiate among disorders and learn limits to effective diagnosis. Applying concepts and theories learned in the course, students demonstrate their understanding through practical application and case study assignments.   PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.) 

(5 cr.)
PSYC 4920

Applications of Forensic Psychology

In this course, students gain the contemporary knowledge needed to apply ethical practice and professional responsibilities while working in the field of forensic psychology. The American Psychological Society's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct as well as the American Psychology--Law Society's Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology are mainstays in this course. Additionally, the various roles and responsibilities of a forensic psychologist are covered. (Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1001, PSYC 2000, and PSYC 2101.)

(5 cr.)
PSYC 4110

Forensic Evaluation

In this course students are introduced to the basic procedures for interviewing and evaluating individuals within the legal system. Students learn about various interview and evaluation strategies, including unique challenges presented when working with special populations. In addition, effective behavioral observation strategies are identified. Methods for effectively recording information from interviews and observations are covered, and best practices for preparing forensic reports are presented.

(5 cr.)

Choose two courses from the following:

CRJS 3002

Courts and Judicial Process

The pathways through the judicial process begin with choices—from a decision to arrest through the pursuit of a case in the system. In this course, students analyze and apply information about the components of the judicial system, including their structure, function, and processes. Students examine the professional roles within the system and learn how the system selects these figures. They learn about judicial conduct and professional standards and apply these concepts to examples of judicial behavior. Students also analyze issues related to the courts and judicial process in an increasingly diverse society and consider these in regard to future trends, such as in cases and legal claims. (Prerequisite(s): CRJS 1001 or PSPA 1001, and CRJS 2003.)

(5 cr.)
CRJS 4102

The Criminal Mind

What makes a criminal unique? Criminal justice professionals confront criminal behavior in many forms. In this course, students explore theories and research that provide cognitive, behavioral, and psychological explanations of criminal behavior. Through the examination of such theories, students have the opportunity to gain the professional knowledge and sensibilities to be able to interact effectively with offenders. Students also investigate potential trends and current biological research that may change or advance the study and treatment of criminal behavior.   (Prerequisite(s): CRJS 1001.)

(5 cr.)
CRJS 4201

Restorative Justice

Criminal justice involves more than retribution; it is twofold in that it must punish offenders and also address their needs and the needs of victims and the community. Students in this course explore the theory of justice and practices that emphasize repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. They learn the ways in which this effort contrasts with an adversarial approach to justice. Students learn about strategies involving stakeholders in actions that transform the relationships among victims, offenders, communities, and criminal justice agencies in their response to crime. They also explore and reflect on case studies and topical models for an in-depth understanding how professionals conduct restorative justice in the real world.   (Prerequisite(s): CRJS 1001.)

(5 cr.)
CRJS 4203

Introduction to Victimology

There are many considerations related to the perception, needs, and treatment of crime victims, which continue to lend to a growing area of study and legislation. Students in this course learn about the different types of victimization as well as the differences between direct and indirect victims of crime. They examine the role of criminal justice practitioners who work with and respond to victims. Students also assess and discuss the many ethical issues related to victims' human and civil rights and the impact of these rights on criminal justice professionals and changing legislation. Through case studies and contemporary literature, students also analyze both current problems and future trends in victimology.   (Prerequisite(s): CRJS 1001.)

(5 cr.)

PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVES

Choose two of the five listed below or any two 3000-level or 4000-level from the other BS in Psychology concentrations.

PSYC 3005

Racial and Ethnic Identities

Most people recognize and appreciate the individuality of human beings, including race and ethnicity as related to self-perception and to the perception of others. In this course, students explore their own racial and ethnic identities in the context of contemporary psychological knowledge as well as contemporary issues and challenges related to race and ethnicity. Students explore and discuss a variety of topics, including the development of racial and ethnic identities; social classification; privilege and stigma; perceptions of racial and ethnic identities; assimilation; inequalities in race and ethnicity; and the relationship of race and ethnicity to social change. Students apply psychological concepts to better understand their own sense of ethnic and racial identities and how these identities shape their experiences in the world.   PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.) 

(5 cr.)
PSYC 3006

Psychology of Gender

Researchers have demonstrated that there are few psychological differences between men and women. And yet history and conventional thinking indicate otherwise. Students in this course are introduced to the basic theories, principles, and applications of gender and gender differences. Students explore distinctions between sex and gender, masculinity and femininity, and sexuality and sexual orientation; gender differences in social behavior, perception, and cognitive abilities; and cross-cultural research on gender and sexuality. Through discussions and applications, students debunk myths surrounding sex and gender similarities and differences, and they apply theories to case examples and individual experiences. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.) 

(5 cr.)
PSYC 3007

Influence and Persuasion

Students in this course examine major concepts and theories of influence and persuasion. Understanding the psychology of influence and persuasion, and recognizing how we use it in daily interactions—or how we experience it used by others—is a vital component of making positive decisions about relationships and careers, as well as everyday challenges and opportunities in our lives. Students will apply specific theories to common situations to analyze and evaluate the impact of influence and persuasion on their own and others' attitudes, beliefs, and behavior. Particular areas of study include influence and persuasion in daily communication; cultural considerations; media and consumer behavior; and politics and leader influence. Throughout the course, students also apply self-reflection strategies to case studies and their personal experiences and also assess the ethical aspects of influence and persuasion. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.) 

(5 cr.)
PSYC 4006

Global Perspectives in Psychology

While traditional psychology in the United States has been Western in focus, increased globalization has promoted an examination into human behavior from a broader perspective that includes the influence of cultural and global trends on individual and group behavior. In this course, students explore a variety of global perspectives in psychology as well as some of the issues and controversies facilitated by differing cultures. They explore and discuss trends and research methods in global psychology, indigenous psychology, psychotherapy in a global world, and the role of psychologists internationally. Students critically evaluate psychological issues from a global rather than a domestic perspective.   PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.) 

(5 cr.)
PSPA 3040

Global Social Justice

Globalization has brought with it a shared understanding of human rights and a new set of social problems. Students in this course examine the issues of social justice that are prominent in the new global community. They also explore the role of women, environmental justice, the responsibility of richer nations to poorer nations, the promotion of diversity, the protection of human rights, and other contemporary issues. Students learn about the international organizations dedicated to promoting social justice and consider the importance of social justice in international relations. Throughout the course, students reflect on and respond to personal questions regarding perspectives, responsibilities, and roles in achieving global social justice. Finally, students consider how their personal ideology on global social justice has changed as a result of course readings, discussions, and applications.  

(5 cr.)

ELECTIVE COURSES

Choose 11 courses from general education, BS in Psychology, Criminal Justice, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least one course must be at the 3000–4000 level. (55 cr.)

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Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 181 total quarter credit hours $325 per quarter hour $58,825
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $2,560


TOTAL $61,385


Transfer up to 135 credits $45,795


Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $15,590

The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.

†Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

‡The BS in Psychology to MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Accelerate Into Master's (AIM) program option requires one additional credit, for a total of 182 credits.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Admissions Requirements

Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are 21 years of age or older.
  • You are less than 21 years of age with 60 quarter credit hours.
  • You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.

You are concurrently enrolled in an approved partner institution with an articulation agreement with Walden.
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