Forensic Psychology (BA)

Forensic Psychology (BA)


The Forensic Psychology major is designed for students who are interested in the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system. The mission of the Forensic Psychology major is to enhance students’ understanding of individual behavior, in terms of its biological, cognitive, social and emotional components and their interaction, and its effects on the broader community. Students will learn to employ an empirical approach to understand human behavior. The major prepares students for a number of careers and graduate work in psychology, social work, law enforcement, or other criminal justice professions.

Learning Outcomes.

  • Students will demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.
  • Students will demonstrate scientific reasoning and problem solving skills including effective research methods.
  • Students will demonstrate ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increased diversity.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Students will be able to apply psychology-specific content and skills to more general problem solving and exhibit career preparation.


Credits required. 40-46 (or more depending on math placement)

Coordinator. Professor Silvia Mazzula, Psychology Department, (212.237.8794,

Advising resources. 
Requirement checklist
Sample Four-year Plan of Study

Prerequisite. PSY 101, which does not count toward the 40 credits required in the major. This course fulfills the College’s general education requirements in the Flexible Core: Individual and Society area. The prerequisites for the required statistics course, STA 250, are MAT 105 and/or MAT 108 (or MAT 141). 

Internship program. Students can receive practical experience in forensic psychology by enrolling in PSY 378, which offers fieldwork placements in such settings as hospitals for emotionally disturbed offenders, prisons and agencies related to the family court or otherwise offering treatment services to youthful offenders.

Baccalaureate/Master’s Program in Forensic Psychology. Qualified undergraduate students may enter the BA/MA Program and thereby graduate with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in forensic psychology. For additional information, contact Professor Jennifer Dysart, Department of Psychology (212.484.1160,

Additional information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2011 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose either the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2010-2011 Undergraduate Bulletin.

PART ONE. CORE COURSES                                                                        Subtotal: 22 credits

PSY 200 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 221 Social Psychology
PSY 231 Developmental Psychology
PSY 242 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 311 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 370/LAW 370 Psychology and the Law
STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics 

PART TWO. CORE ELECTIVES                                                                    Subtotal: 6 credits

Select two
PSY 320 Brain and Behavior
PSY 324 Perception 
PSY 327 Learning and Memory
PSY 329 History of Psychology
PSY 352 Multicultural Psychology
PSY 353 Theories of Personality

PART THREE. GENERAL ELECTIVES                                                      Subtotal: 6 credits

Select two
PSY 266 The Psychology of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
PSY 332 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 333 Psychology of Gender
PSY 336 Group Dynamics
PSY 339 Key Concepts in Psychotherapy 
PSY 342/CSL 342 Introduction to Counseling Psychology
PSY 345/ANT 345 Culture, Psychopathology and Healing
PSY 347/AFR 347 Psychology of Oppression
PSY 355 Tests and Measures
PSY 372 Psychology of Criminal Behavior
PSY 373 Correctional Psychology
PSY 375 Family Conflict and the Family Court
PSY 378 Fieldwork in Forensic Psychology I OR PSY 385 Supervised Research Experience in Psychology
PSY 482 Selected Topics in Psychology 

PART FOUR. CAPSTONE REQUIREMENTS                                             Subtotal: 6 credits

Select two
PSY 421 Forensic, Social and Experimental Psychology
PSY 425 Seminar in Forensic Psychology
PSY 430 Clinical Topics in Forensic Psychology
PSY 476 Seminar in the Psychological Analysis of Criminal Behavior and the Criminal Justice System
PSY 485 Advanced Undergraduate Research Experience in Psychology



PSY 4XX Honors Thesis I
PSY 4YY Honors Thesis II

                                                                                                                                Total Credit Hours: 40-46

                                                                                                                                           Last Updated: 3/2/17