Forensic Psychology (BA)

Forensic Psychology (BA)


The Forensic Psychology major 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 Major


General Education




Total Credits Required for B.A. Degree


Coordinator. Professor Silvia Mazzula, Psychology Department (212.237.8794,

Advising resources. 
For advising questions, contact
Requirements and Curriculum checklist
Sample Four-year Plan of Study
Forensic Psychology Advising Resources

Internship program. Students can receive practical experience in forensic psychology by enrolling in PSY 378, which offers fieldwork placements in such settings as hospitals for emotionally disturbed offenders, prisons and agencies related to the family court or otherwise offering treatment services to youthful offenders.

Baccalaureate/Master’s Program in Forensic Psychology. Qualified undergraduate students may enter the BA/MA Program and thereby graduate with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in forensic psychology. For additional information, contact Professor Jennifer Dysart, Department of Psychology (212.484.1160,

Additional information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2011 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose either the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2010-2011 Undergraduate Bulletin.

FOUNDATION COURSES                                                                                Subtotal: 3-6 credits

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
MAT 108 Social Science Math
MAT 141 Pre-Calculus
MAT 108 or MAT 141 may not be needed depending on student's mathematics placement score.

*Advisors recommendation: PSY 101 can fulfill the Flexible Core: Individual & Society and MAT 108 or MAT 141 can fulfill the Required Core: Math & Quantitative Reasoning areas of the Gen Ed Program.

PART ONE. CORE COURSES                                                                        Subtotal: 22 credits

PSY 200 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 221 Social Psychology
PSY 231 Developmental Psychology
PSY 242 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 311 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 370/LAW 370 Psychology and the Law
STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics 

PART TWO. CORE ELECTIVES                                                                    Subtotal: 6 credits

Select two
PSY 320 Brain and Behavior
PSY 324 Perception 
PSY 327 Learning and Memory
PSY 329 History of Psychology
PSY 352 Multicultural Psychology
PSY 353 Theories of Personality

PART THREE. GENERAL ELECTIVES                                                      Subtotal: 6 credits

Select two
PSY 266 Understanding Addiction through Research
PSY 332 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 333 Psychology of Gender
PSY 336 Group Dynamics
PSY 339 Key Concepts in Psychotherapy 
PSY 342/CSL 342 Introduction to Counseling Psychology
PSY 345/ANT 345 Culture, Psychopathology and Healing
PSY 347/AFR 347 Psychology of Oppression
PSY 355 Tests and Measures
PSY 372 Psychology of Criminal Behavior
PSY 373 Correctional Psychology
PSY 375 Family Conflict and the Family Court
PSY 378 Fieldwork in Psychology
PSY 385 Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience in Psychology
PSY 482 Selected Topics in Psychology

PART FOUR. CAPSTONE REQUIREMENTS                                             Subtotal: 6 credits

Select two
PSY 421 Forensic Social and Experimental Psychology
PSY 425 Seminar in Forensic Psychology
PSY 430 Clinical Topics in Forensic Psychology
PSY 476 Seminar in the Psychological Analysis of Criminal Behavior and the Criminal Justice System
PSY 485 Advanced Undergraduate Research Experience in Psychology


PSY 4XX Honors Thesis I
PSY 4YY Honors Thesis II


                                                                                                                                Total Credit Hours: 43-52

                                                                                                                                           Last Updated: 2/7/18