Psychology (Forensic Psychology), BA

New College’s Psychology, BA degree gives students an opportunity to engage in innovative research, integrating the knowledge of our expert faculty with cutting-edge technology to better understand human behavior and neuroscience. The degree focuses on a social science perspective for psychology.

Forensic psychology is the application of psychology to the law. The concentration in forensic psychology within the BA program in psychology combines general training in psychology with specialized coursework in criminal law, criminal behavior, the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, and legal decision-making.

When courts are faced with cases in which a psychology-related question arises, they may turn to psychologists and ask for help with the case. For example, psychologists might assist the court in understanding a criminal's mental state at the time of a crime or whether a particular jury might have been biased against a defendant based on his or her race. This is the realm of forensic psychology.

This program teaches students about the various roles for psychologists in the legal system and helps them discover which roles they might like to pursue through careers in mental health, criminal justice or through graduate training.

The Bachelor of Science degree differs from the Bachelor of Arts degree in that it requires two additional lab science courses.

Program Offered

Psychology (Forensic Psychology), BA

Offered by
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Location
West, Online

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Career Outlook

The Bachelor of Arts program in psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology prepares students for careers in the criminal justice and mental health fields. Many careers in psychology require graduate training, and this program is also designed to prepare students for master's degree and doctoral programs in legal, clinical and forensic psychology.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 23.2%
Social Workers, All Other8.3%$61,980
Clinical Data Managers 33.8%$84,060
Clinical Psychologists 14.3%$75,090
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers7%$61,050
Counseling Psychologists 14.3%$75,090
Counselors, All Other 14.3%$43,370
Forensic Science Technicians 16.8%$57,850
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents4.5%$79,970
Police Detectives4.5%$79,970
Social Science Research Assistants4.3%$46,000
Intelligence Analysts4.5%$79,970
Lawyers8.2%$119,250
Healthcare Social Workers 20.1%$54,870
Mental Health Counselors 23.1%
Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists 10.5%$97,740
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists5.7%$51,410
Psychiatric Aides5.5%$27,110
Psychiatrists 11.2%#
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary 15.1%$73,770
School Psychologists 14.3%$75,090
Security Managers8%$105,610
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary 9.9%$64,370
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 14.2%$44,380
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 19.3%$43,250

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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