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					                                             FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
                                                Bachelor of Science
General Areas of Service: Forensic psychology is the interface between psychology and the law. All psychological services
provided for the legal community are forensic psychological services. Forensic psychologists are employed by family, civil, and
criminal courts. Most forensic psychologists provide services that are both forensic and clinical in nature.

Nature of Work: In the civil court, psychologists can be called on to provide assessments of whether someone was harmed by some
event, such as a car accident or a sexual harassment case. In this arena, the forensic psychologist might be required to provide
treatment recommendations or to analyze the specific treatment needs of an individual, and might be asked to determine the potential
cost of such treatment. In the family law court, they mainly assess the child’s best interest in cases of parental disputes. Forensic
psychologists are perhaps most commonly recognized for their involvement in the criminal law. Psychologists provide the courts with
analysis relevant to questions of criminal insanity and trial competence. They help the courts decide whether sex offenders are likely
to re-offend or whether they are dangerous. They provide information and recommendations necessary for jury selection, sentencing,
grants of probation, and the formulation of conditions of parole. Forensic psychologists are routinely called upon in death penalty
cases to provide analysis of the intentions, motivations and personality characteristics of the accused. In the Juvenile Courts, they
often are asked to help determine whether a youthful offender can be rehabilitated. They assist prosecutors, defenders, and law
enforcement investigators in understanding a range of normal and criminal behaviors, sometimes serving as "criminal profilers." For
more information, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forensic_psychology.

Professional Training: There are not many job opportunities for a Bachelor’s degree holder. It is recommended that students wishing
to pursue a career in forensic psychology go on to graduate school and obtain their Master’s or Doctoral degree.

Job Outlook: A few examples of entry-level jobs for Bachelor’s degree holders are residential youth counselors, caseworkers, or
probation/parole officers. Persons with a Master’s degree may also work under doctoral-level psychologists conducting research
experiments. Psychologists with a doctoral (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) degree have the widest range of options. They are able to open their own
private practices, where they might specialize in counseling offenders, being an expert witness for hire, conducting assessments,
conducting psychotherapy, and consulting on civil and criminal issues.

Earnings: Entry-level salary for residential youth counselors, caseworkers, and probation/parole officers is $38,000 to $40,600
annually. Master’s degree holders earn $40,600 to $65,000 annually to start. Doctoral degree holders earn between $70,000 to
$80,000 annually to start.

Additional Sources of Information:

American Psychological Association                   WWU School of Education & Psychology
   www.apa.org/students                              http://www.wallawalla.edu/academics/areas-of-study/undergraduate-
                                                     programs/education-and-psychology/


Psychology Information Online                        All Criminal Justice Schools
www.psychologyinfo.com/forensic/                     www.allcriminaljusticeschools.com/faqs/forensicpsych.php.

Careers in Forensic Psychology
www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_cas.psy/Career_Paths/Forensic/Career08.htm

School of Education & Psychology Dean: Julian Melgosa
Academic Advisers: Austin Archer, Robert Egbert, Linda Ivy, Lee Stough

Before graduation, all students must take an exit exam.
                                                                   AUT     WIN     SPR
FRESHMAN YEAR                                                       Cr      Cr      Cr
Introduction to Psychology: Social Foundations (PSYC 140)           4        -       -
Introduction to Psychology: Biological Foundations (PSYC 141)       -        4       -
Child and Adolescent Development (PSYC 215)                         4        -       -
Adult Development and Aging (PSYC 216)                              -        -       3
Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 225)                                    -        -       4
Contemporary Biology (BIOL 105, 106)                                -        (4)     (4)
     OR
Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 201, 202)                             (4)       (4)     -
College Writing (ENGL 121, 122)                                    -         3       3
General Studies Religion                                           4         -       -
General Studies Humanities                                         -         -       4
General Studies Electives                                          (4)       (5)     (2)
                                                                   16        16      16

SOPHOMORE YEAR
*Introduction to Criminal Justice (CORR 285)                       3         -       -
Social Psychology (PSYC 344)                                       -         -       4
Introduction to Forensic Psychology (PSYC 247)                     -         -       4
Theories of Personality (PSYC 366)                                 -         4       -
Current Social Problems (SOWK 234)                                 -         -       3
Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 101, 102)                             4         4       -
Applied Statistics (MATH 206)                                      -         4       -
*Introduction to Logic (PHIL 206)                                  4         -       -
Research Writing (ENGL 223)                                        3         -       -
General Studies Religion                                           -         -       4
General Studies Electives                                          2         -       -
General Studies Humanities                                         -         4       -
                                                                   17        16      15

JUNIOR YEAR
*Criminology (CORR 385)                                            -         3       -
*Juvenile Delinquency (CORR 387)                                   -         -       3
Psychological Testing (PSYC 430)                                   -         3       -
*Advanced Forensic Psychology (PSYC 447)                           -         -       4
General Studies Religion (6 Upper Division)                        -         4       -
General Studies History                                            4         4       -
General Studies Humanities                                         4         -       -
General Studies Electives                                          8         2       9
                                                                   16        16      16

SENIOR YEAR
Research Methods I: Introduction (PSYC 471)                        2         -       -
Research Methods II: Experimental Psychology (PSYC 472)            -         2       -
Research Methods III: Research Project (PSYC 473)                  -         -       2
Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 492)                                     -         -       4
Colloquium: Orientation to Career and Graduate School (PSYC 495)   0         -       -
Senior Project in Psychology (PSYC 498)                            (2)       (2)     (2)
General Studies Religion (6 Upper Division)                        -         -       4
General Studies Electives                                          12-14     12-14   6
                                                                   16        16      16
*Offered Alternate Years

				
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