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Purdue University Global | BS in Criminal Justice - Forensic Psychology

Students in Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a concentration in Forensic Psychology have the chance to develop foundational knowledge of the use of psychology in criminal justice. Learn more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements:

Those looking into this program should have strong communication stills and be detail oriented. It's also beneficial to have an understanding of the U.S. criminal justice system and the major laws in the U.S. The minimum requirements to be admitted into this program include a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a concentration in Forensic Psychology gives students the opportunity to develop a solid knowledge of the practice of criminal justice and a broad liberal arts education. Students have the chance to learn about criminological theory, law, research methods, and technology. Potential courses include criminal justice ethics, supervisory practices in criminal justice systems, organized crime, and managing criminal justice organizations. The forensic psychology career focus area includes instruction in psychology for law enforcement, crisis intervention, and abnormal psychology.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

180 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Forensic Psychology:

Once in the program, students will have major coursework giving the fundamentals of criminal justice including criminal law and procedures, criminology, and technology in criminal justice. Concentration specific coursework will dive more into the importance of psychology in the criminal justice system with coursework geared towards psychology topics and disorders. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Requirements (64 credits)

  • CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
  • CJ 101: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • CJ 102: Criminology I
  • CJ 210: Criminal Investigation
  • CJ 212: Crime Prevention OR
    • CJ 233: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • CJ 216: Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems
  • CJ 227: Criminal Procedure
  • CJ 230: Criminal Law for Criminal Justice
  • CJ 340: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics
  • CJ 345: Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice OR
    • CJ 444: Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
  • CJ 490: Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice

Forensic Psychology Career Focus (24 credits)

  • CJ 325: Psychology for Law Enforcement
  • CJ 440: Crisis Intervention
  • PS 440: Abnormal Psychology
  • 300/400 Level: Criminal Justice Elective

Core Requirements (33 credits)

  • 100/200-level: General Education Courses (3 courses)
  • 100/200-level: Math Course
  • 200-level: Arts and Humanities Course
  • 200-level: Physical Science Course
  • 200-level: Social Science Course

Open Electives Requirement (59 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete this program may be prepared to continue their education at the master's degree level. Graduate programs allow students to hone their existing skills and develop new areas of expertise. Examples of graduate degree programs students could apply for include:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies

Career Paths:

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program at Purdue University Global gives students the chance to develop leadership, technology, and operations skills. These skills may prepare students for a variety of positions in the field. Job opportunities graduates could pursue include:

  • Corrections officer
  • Disaster relief provider
  • Forensic psychologist

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