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Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts Forensic Psychology is a unique program designed to provide knowledge and skills in preparation for careers in several areas of criminal justice in the context of a firm foundation in basic psychology. Forensic psychology majors can pursue careers in criminal justice professions such as crime analysts, police or probation officers, and victim advocates, and in nonprofit and social agencies that coordinate efforts with legal/justice systems, such as domestic violence shelters and victims' rights groups Some forensic psychology majors may choose to pursue graduate study in criminal justice, forensic psychology, experimental psychology, clinical psychology, crime analysis, criminology or law.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology must successfully complete 120 credit hours as indicated in the suggested curriculum below.

Restricted Electives

The Restricted Elective in a foreign language requires two semesters of a foreign language other than a student's home language. PSY and PSF courses other than PSY 2444 cannot be used as the social science elective. PSF 3511, and PSF 3515/PSF 4515 (if different topics are chosen), PSF 4562, PSF 4591, PSF 4791, PSY 3541 and PSY 3551 may be used as restricted electives (PSF). Communication electives may be satisfied by any COM 2000-, 3000- or 4000-level courses, foreign languages or linguistics.

Curriculum

Freshman Year

FALL CREDITS
ASC 1000
University Experience
1
COM 1101
Composition and Rhetoric
3
EDS 1031
Survey of Science 1: Physical Science 3
MTH 1701 College Algebra 3
PSY 1400
Freshman Seminar
1
PSY 1411
Introduction to Psychology
3
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SPRING CREDITS
COM 1102 Writing About Literature 3
CSE 1301 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
EDS 1032 Survey of Science 2: Life Science 3
SOC 1551 Introduction to american Criminal Justice 3
   Restricted Elective (Foreign Language) 3
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Sophomore Year

FALL CREDITS
HUM 2051
Civilization 1
3
PSF 2551 Survey of Forensic Psychology 3
PSY 2512
Psychology Research Methods and Statistics 1
4
   Restricted Elective (Foreign Language) 3
   Social Science Elective 3
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SPRING CREDITS
PSF 3551
Integrated Theories of Crime
3
   Free Elective 3
   Humanities Core Course* 3
   Psychology Bases** 3
   Restricted Elective (Science) 3
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Junior Year

FALL CREDITS
COM 3070
Professional Communication for Executives
3
PSF 3512 Forensic Behavior Investigation and Identification 3
PSF 3515
Special Topics in Forensic Psychology
1
PSY 3421 Psychology of Learning and Motivation 3
SOC 2541 Juvenile Delinquency 3
   Restricted Elective (PSF) 3
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SPRING CREDITS
PSF 4515
Advanced Special Topics in Forensic Psychology
1
PSF 4551
Principles of Individual and Community Advocacy
3
PSY 4512 Personal and Professional Development 3

Communication Elective
3
   Psychology Bases** 3
   Restricted Elective (PSF) 3
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Senior Year

FALL CREDITS
PSF 3515 Special Topics in Forensic Psychology 1
PSY 4000
Field Internship and Research Project
3
PSY 4514 Psychology Research Methods and Statistics (Q) 4

Humanities Elective
3

Restricted Elective (PSF)
3
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SPRING CREDITS

Communication Elective
3

Free Electives
8
   Psychology Bases** 3


14

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 120

*Humanities Core Courses
HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern  
HUM 2142   World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial  
HUM 2212   British and American Literature 1  
HUM 2213   British and American Literature 2  
HUM 2331 American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era  
HUM 2332   American History: From Reconstruction to the Present  

Not all humanities core courses are offered online or every term; check the current schedule of classes for humanities core options.

**Psychology Bases

Social Science Bases (two courses from the following)
CREDITS
PSY 2442
Adult Development and Aging
3
PSY 3441 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality 3
PSY 3531 Child Psychology 3
PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership 3
PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace 3

  

Natural Science Bases (one course from the following)
CREDITS
AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors 3
PSY 3423
Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 3522
Human Cognition: Theory and Application 3
PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception 3
PSY 4521
Animal Learning and Behavior 3

Psychology Honors Program

Academically gifted, highly motivated students may participate in the department's honors program. Students who plan to seek graduate degrees are strongly advised to consider this program.

The psychology honors program is available to juniors enrolled in all undergraduate psychology programs (B.A., B.S., psychology; B.A., forensic psychology, and B.A., applied behavior analysis). The honors program includes six credit hours of Psychology Honors Thesis (PSY 4515) taken in place of the internship (PSY 4000). Students must also complete a minimum of three (3) credits of the Psychology Honors Seminar (PSY 4590), usually taken in place of lower-level courses in the concentration area or in place of free electives. Only honors students may write a thesis.

Admission Requirements

Prospective honors students must have reached their junior year. Applicants should have completed a minimum of 12 hours of psychology (BEH, PSY, PSF) courses and a minimum overall GPA of 3.4. These courses may be taken at Florida Tech or transferred from another four-year university. Community college courses will not be included in the GPA calculation.

To earn the honors distinction, students must successfully complete the program with a graduating overall GPA of 3.4. Only courses taken at Florida Tech will be included in this calculation. A minimum average GPA of 3.0 in PSY 4590 is required. Successful students will receive a certificate indicating completion of the requirements.

Required Courses

PSY 4515 Psychology Honors Thesis 3
PSY 4590 Psychology Honors Seminar (3 credit hours required) 1