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The Psychology program at ASU’s West campus offers a concentration in forensic psychology, focusing on how psychology is applied to the law. Students will be trained in criminal law, criminal behavior, mental disorders and legal decision-making to prepare for to be expert witnesses in a court of law.
The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a BA degree in psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology through the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the West campus of Arizona State University.
Forensic psychology is the application of psychology to the law. This concentration 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 will teach students about the various roles for psychologists in the legal system and help 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.
Psychology (Forensic Psychology) (BA)
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WUE eligible program
Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
The BA degree 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.
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:
|Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors||22.3%||$39,270|
|Social Workers, All Other||3.8%||$59,100|
|Clinical Data Managers||33.8%||$79,990|
|Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers||5%||$56,810|
|Counselors, All Other||11%||$44,830|
|Forensic Science Technicians||26.6%||$55,360|
|Criminal Investigators and Special Agents||-1.2%||$79,870|
|Social Science Research Assistants||5.6%||$39,460|
|Healthcare Social Workers||19.3%||$51,930|
|Mental Health Counselors||19.6%||$40,850|
|Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists||9.8%||$92,110|
|Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists||3.6%||$49,060|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||15.8%||$68,690|
|Regulatory Affairs Managers||3.9%||$105,060|
|Social and Community Service Managers||9.5%||$62,740|
|Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary||13.9%||$62,440|
|Child, Family, and School Social Workers||6.2%||$42,120|
|Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers||18.9%||$41,380|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).