Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Minor in Psychology of Crime & Justice

Minor in the Psychology of Crime & Justice (Interdisciplinary)

Interest in the interface between psychology and criminal justice is an official field of study and has informed many different careers.  This minor derives from the field of Psychology and Law, which is Division 41 of the American Psychological Association (click here http://www.apadivisions.org/division-41/‚Äč  for the division’s website and information on career and graduate school options). The field of psychology and law examines how the interface of psychology and criminal justice research can improve the legal systems and responses to justice-involved persons. Professionals in this field  provide specialized expertise across the many social systems that  clients with mental illness utilize, including the criminal justice, mental health, substance abuse, and social service systems.  The minor also provides critical information for students who desire investigation careers, including risk assessment, expert testimony, and intelligence gathering, and forensic science.  It also is ideal for those interested in advocacy for disadvantaged groups. 

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, victim services, 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 also can pursue graduate training in forensic clinical and social psychology, criminology, and  forensic social work.

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.

All students must complete six courses for the minor.

All students must complete two required 300-level:

  • PSYC 372 Psychology and Law
  • Choose either:  CJC 345 Social Justice & Crime OR CJC 346 Mental Illness & Crime

Psychology majors must complete CJC 101 (The Criminal Justice System).  Criminal justice and criminology majors must complete PSYC 101 (General Psychology).  Students who are neither Psych nor CJC majors must complete both CJC 101 and Psych 101.   

Students select the remaining courses  from the following list of electives. 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.  Students who are majoring in other subjects must select their remaining two courses from the following list of electives:

  • 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
  • CJC 201 Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • CJC 202 Criminal Courts
  • CJC 204 Corrections
  • CJC 302 The Juvenile Justice System
  • CJC 322 Criminal Law
  • CJC 360 Substance Use & Crime
  • CJC 371 Victimology
  • CJC 372  Race, Ethnicity and Crime
  • CJC 373 Intimate Partner Violence
  • CJC 376 Sexual Exploitation of Children

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:

  • CJC 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
  • CJC 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.

For more information, contact Dr. Loretta Stalans, Director of the Minor in Psychology of Crime and Justice, at lstalan@luc.edu.