2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) 
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2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BS in Forensic Psychology

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The BS in Forensic Psychology program provides a broad background in general psychology with an additional strong foundation aimed specifically at forensic psychology. To further the students’ opportunities, four concentrations are offered. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work effectively and ethically with diverse populations (victims, criminals, families, children, adults, etc.) in a wide range of settings (government, courts, business, community, and correctional institutions).

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe current issues, problems, and trends in the field of forensic psychology.
  2. Apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Use forensic assessment strategies, including interviews and observations, to solve problems related to forensic psychology.
  4. Apply psychological theory and research to provide successful interventions for personal, social, and organizational issues in the realm of forensic psychology.
  5. Describe the role of ethical behavior in promoting social change in a variety of settings.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to use guidelines and standards of the profession to communicate information about psychological processes in various forensic settings.
  7. Discuss the importance of diversity and multicultural issues when evaluating and intervening with forensic psychology populations.
  8. Develop a strategy for personal and career development in the field of forensic psychology. 

Degree Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
  • General education courses (46 cr.)
  • Core courses (50 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
  • Elective courses (65 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)


General Education Courses (46 cr.)

See the General Education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: At least three general education courses taken must be taken at the 3000 level or higher, including SOCI 4080.

Concentration Courses (15 cr.)

These courses are dependent upon the particular concentration. Please see the course list on each concentration page.

Electives (65 cr.)

Students are to select 13 additional courses to fulfill the elective requirement. At least four elective courses (20 credits) must be at the 3000 level or above in the BS in Psychology or BS in Forensic Psychology programs. For the remaining nine courses (45 credits), students may choose courses from general education courses, BS in Forensic Psychology concentration courses, or courses from any of Walden’s bachelor’s degree programs.

Note: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor. RN-BSN courses are not available to students outside the RN-BSN program.

Capstone Course (5 cr.)

Program Data

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