Forensic psychology examines the intersection of human behavior and criminal justice, and it applies theories and skills from psychology to the legal system, including areas such as law enforcement, corrections, victim services, and the treatment of offenders. Forensic psychologists work in a variety of settings including correctional facilities, law enforcement agencies, police offices, school and university settings, community service agencies, and private practices. In addition to being a springboard for graduate study in psychology, sociology, criminal justice, and criminology, the 18-unit Certificate in Forensic Psychology complements undergraduate degrees in psychology, political science, sociology, anthropology, urban studies, biology, and chemistry.

Contact:Emily Cohen-Shikora, PhD

Certificate in Forensic Psychology

Required Courses

Psych 376Introduction to Criminology3
Psych 377Introduction to Forensic Psychology3

At least two additional Forensic Psychology courses from the following:

  • Crisis Intervention: The Criminal Justice Response to Chaos, Mayhem, and Disorder (Psych 378)
  • Juvenile Delinquency (Psych 3251)
  • Investigative Psychology (Psych 371)
  • Correctional Psychology (Psych 379)
  • Psychology in the Courtroom (Psych 373)
  • Correctional Theory & Practice (Psych 383)
  • Psychology of Policing (Psych 374)
  • Additional authorized Forensic Psychology courses

Elective Courses

Students must take an additional two courses to complete the Certificate. Students are encouraged to choose from the above list to meet this requirement but permission may also be granted for other courses from Psychological & Brain Sciences, Political Science, Sociology, or other related disciplines.