Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Minor in Psychology of Crime & Justice

Interest in the interface between psychology and criminal justice is a rapidly growing field of study. As more cities and states recognize the expanding demand for programs, services, planning, and supervision of clients who have both mental health needs and criminal justice involvement, professionals to address these needs are in high demand. These professionals provide specialized expertise across the many social systems these clients utilize, including the criminal justice, mental health, substance abuse, and social service systems.

In response, the Departments of Psychology and Criminal Justice & Criminology have designed a sequence of study that provides students with the academic and experiential backgrounds they will need to pursue a career or advanced professional study.

The interdisciplinary minor in psychology of crime and justice gives students an advantage when applying for jobs in areas such as prisons, juvenile facilities, social service agencies, police departments, child care agencies, probation, parole, family court, addiction services, hospitals, and community mental health centers. Some students get jobs as forensic researchers doing studies and evaluations of at-risk populations and may seek employment in federal law enforcement agencies.

Students must complete six courses for the minor.

Psychology majors must complete three required courses:

  • PSYC 372 Psychology and Law
  • CRMJ 101 The Criminal Justice System
  • CRMJ 346 Mental Illness & Crime

Criminal justice and criminology majors must complete three required courses:

  • PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • PSYC 372 Psychology and Law
  • CRMJ 346 Mental Illness & Crime

Students must complete three additional courses from the following list. Psychology majors must take two criminal justice and criminology courses and one psychology course from the list. Criminal justice and criminology majors must take two psychology courses and one criminal justice and criminology course from the list. These courses must be taken in addition to the courses required for the major in psychology or the major in criminal justice and criminology.

  • PSYC 275 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 331 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 338 Psychology of Personality
  • PSYC 344 Principles of Behavioral Change
  • PSYC 346 Psychopathology of Childhood
  • PSYC 348 Psychopathology of Adolescence
  • PSYC 375 Psychology of Addictions
  • CRMJ 201 Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • CRMJ 202 Criminal Courts
  • CRMJ 204 Corrections
  • CRMJ 302 The Juvenile Justice System
  • CRMJ 322 Criminal Law
  • CRMJ 360 Substance Use & Crime
  • CRMJ 371 Victimology
  • CRMJ 373 Intimate Partner Violence

Students who are neither psychology nor criminal justice and criminology majors must take three criminal justice and criminology courses and three psychology courses in total. They must complete four required courses: PSYC 101 (Introductory Psychology, which is a pre-requisite for all other psychology courses and can be used to fulfill a social science requirement in the Core Curriculum); PSYC 372 (Psychology and Law), CRMJ 101 (The Criminal Justice System), and CRMJ 346 (Mental Illness & Crime). Two additional courses must be selected from the list above.

Psychology and criminal justice and criminology courses taken for the respective majors cannot also be used to fulfill requirements for the minor in psychology or the minor in criminal justice and criminology.

We strongly recommend that psychology and criminal justice and criminology majors completing the minor do an internship, field work or research project focused on the psychology of crime and justice by participating in one of the capstone experiences which include a practicum experience:

  • CRMJ 390 Field Practicum
  • PSYC 390 Internship in Psychology (prerequisites: PSYC 304 and PSYC 306)

Or, a supervised research project:

  • PSYC 397 Independent Research (prerequisites: PSYC 306; senior psychology major; department and instructor permission)
  • CRMJ 396 Independent Study

Or, an honors thesis:

  • PSYCH 370 Honors Research (requires admission to PSYC Honors program & PSYC 369 as a prerequisite)

These courses will count toward the psychology or criminal justice and criminology major, but not the minor in the psychology of crime and justice.

To declare a minor in psychology of crime and justice, complete a "Declaration of Minor" card available in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office. For more information, contact Dr. Ira Sommers, Director of the Minor in Psychology of Crime and Justice, at isommers@luc.edu.