Are you interested in any of the following issues:
- Treating or assisting individuals with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice systems;
- Understanding the responses and coping strategies that victims of crimes utilize;
- Assisting or providing legal advocacy for children in the juvenile justice system or criminal justice systems;
- Profiling or investigating serious crimes that often occur in clandestine social networks such as drug trafficking, gang-involved crimes, or hate crimes;
- Addressing or researching the social injustices that occur in legal systems.
The Psychology of Crime and Justice Minor in the College of Arts and Science addresses these topics and many others. This minor derives from the field of Psychology and Law, which is Division 41 of the American Psychological Association. This field and minor examine how psychological research can improve the legal systems and responses to justice-involved persons. This minor is 18 credits, and may contribute to your future professional practice, professional degrees, or graduate education where the fields of psychology and criminal justice intersect.
I invite you to explore the website and take one of the required 300-level courses to learn more about the field of Psychology and Law.