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BS in Psychology - Criminal Justice

Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Justice program is designed to address factors of criminal behavior and types of victimization to prepare individuals for diverse careers in law enforcement, social services, and the courts. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

Potential students of this BS in Psychology program might have taken previous courses in psychology and criminal justice and display strong analytical skills, as they will be taking courses that emphasize the examination of criminal behavior patterns, assessment of victims' rights, and perspectives in crime. Aspiring students must be 21 years of age; less than 21 but with 60 quarter credit hours; or a member of the military or a veteran. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From crime theories to victim needs and treatment, the online Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Justice program at Walden University addresses basic psychological methods and schools of thought while emphasizing the social, cognitive and psychological influences of the causes of crime and criminal behavior. Concentration courses offer studies in the perspectives of crime, criminal profiling and its use in investigations, restorative justice processes, community responses to crime, and legislative and ethical issues relating to victim's rights and treatment. The program's core curriculum covers personality theories, psychological inquiry methods, the role of culture in psychological development, and psychological theories in areas of emotions, cognition, learning, motivation, and social behavior. For the capstone project, students choose an area of psychology on which to create a final paper.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

181 quarter credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

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

To earn this BS in Psychology degree, students must complete 46 credits in general education coursework, 35 credits each in core and concentration courses, 20 credits in psychology electives, and 45 credits in general electives. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (46 credits)

  • Students take a minimum of two courses in the following areas:
    • Written and Oral Communications
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
    • Social Science
  • Introduction to College Algebra

Core Courses (35 credits)

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology Seminar
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Introduction to Basic Statistics
  • Methods in Psychological Inquiry
  • Psychology Capstone

Concentration Courses: Criminal Justice (35 credits)

  • Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence
  • Social Influences on Behavior
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Students choose four of the following courses:
    • Criminology and Social Control
    • Profiling Serial and Mass Murderers
    • The Criminal Mind
    • Restorative Justice
    • Mobilizing and Coordinating Community Response
    • Introduction to Victimology

Psychology Elective Courses (20 credits)

  • Students choose the following four courses or any four 3000- to 5000-level courses from the School of Psychology:
    • Racial and Ethnic Identities
    • Psychology of Gender
    • Influence and Persuasion
    • Global Perspectives in Psychology

Elective Courses (45 credits)

  • Students choose 9 courses from general education, School of Psychology, or any other Walden University bachelor's degree program

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

As graduates of the BS in Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Justice program, individuals who wish to pursue careers as licensed psychology or counseling professionals might go on to earn a master's degree. A master's degree could also be needed to pursue some careers in academics. Studies at the graduate level could further explore social theories in crime, psychological research methodologies, and behavioral observation and analysis approaches.

Master's degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Science in Psychology - Applied Behavior Analysis

Career Paths:

Having successfully completed the BS in Psychology - Criminal Justice program, graduates could explore opportunities in law enforcement organizations, crime labs, corrections, courts, or social services agencies. They might work in areas of criminal profiling, victim advocacy, community intervention, criminal rehabilitation, or case management.

Some career choices for graduates include:

  • Criminologist
  • Caseworker
  • Police detective
  • Corrections officer

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