Kaplan University

BS in Criminal Justice - Forensic Psychology

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology emphasis program at Kaplan University offers students the chance to study the practice of criminal justice and forensic psychology as part of a broad undergraduate education. Keep reading to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology emphasis program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology Emphasis

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology emphasis program is designed to help prepare students to pursue various careers in law enforcement.* General education requirements offer students the chance to receive a broad-based liberal arts education and could help them develop skills in critical thinking, technology, and communications. The specialization in Forensic Psychology focuses on the uses of psychology in law enforcement, crisis intervention techniques, and abnormal psychology. This coursework integrates into the larger criminal justice curriculum, which emphasizes criminological theory, research methodologies for criminal justice, legal principles, and emerging technologies in criminal justice.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

180 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology Emphasis:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Forensic Psychology Specialization Requirements

  • CJ 325: Psychology for Law Enforcement (6 credits)
  • CJ 440: Crisis Intervention (6 credits)
  • PS 440: Abnormal Psychology (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Criminal Justice Elective (6 credits)

Major Requirements

  • CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety (5 credits)
  • CJ 101: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (5 credits)
  • CJ 102: Criminology I (5 credits)
  • CJ 210: Criminal Investigation (5 credits)
  • CJ 216: Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems (5 credits)
  • CJ 227: Criminal Procedure (5 credits)
  • CJ 230: Criminal Law for Criminal Justice (5 credits)
  • CJ 340: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics (6 credits)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • CJ 212: Crime Prevention (5 credits)
    • CJ 233: Introduction to Forensic Psychology (5 credits)
    • CJ 264: White-Collar Crime (5 credits)
    • CJ 266: Deviance and Violence (5 credits)
    • CJ 293: Investigating Terrorism (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • CJ 343: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (6 credits)
    • CJ 345: Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice (6 credits)
    • CJ 350: Organized Crime (6 credits)
    • CJ 444: Managing Criminal Justice Organizations (6 credits)
  • CJ 490: Research Methods in Criminal Justice (6 credits)
  • CJ 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice (6 credits)

Core and Elective Requirements

  • 100/200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 100/200-level: Mathematics Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Arts and Humanities Course (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Physical Science Course (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Social Science Course (6 credits)
  • Open Electives (59 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Some students completing the BS in Criminal Justice - Forensic Psychology program may be interested in pursuing an advanced degree upon graduation.

Graduates of the BS in Criminal Justice program could pursue various advanced degrees, including:

  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Police Science
  • Juris Doctor (JD)

Career Paths:

Students completing Kaplan University's program in criminal justice could develop a number of skills, including analytical thinking, communications, and research practice skills. Students could also develop a body of knowledge specific to criminal justice and forensic psychology.

Positions that graduates of this program could pursue include:

  • Forensic analyst
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Detective
  • Law enforcement officer

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