Frequently asked questions
If I am interested in helping people, is the major in Psychological Sciences right for me? Accordion Closed
What is the “Psychology Learning Community”? Accordion Closed
Why do I have to take Statistics (PSY 230) and Research Methods (PSY 302w) for a Psychological Sciences degree? Accordion Closed
What is a “breadth” course in the Psychological Sciences degree program? Accordion Closed
What is a “depth” course in Psychology? Accordion Closed
Can any 300-400 level PSY class count as a Depth Course? Accordion Closed
What is a capstone course? Accordion Closed
What is undergraduate research? Accordion Closed
What is a good minor for the major in Psychological Sciences? Accordion Closed
I am interested in the PSY 408c Internship experience. What are my options? Accordion Closed
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Becoming a forensic scientist requires a minimum of the following: a solid clinical psychology training and experience; firm grounding in scientific theory and empirical research, critical thinking, thorough knowledge of social and cultural issues, legal knowledge, excellent writing skills, strong oral presentation skills. At the time there is no single training model for forensic psychologists, but the dominant model continues to be one in which a student obtains a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and then pursues a postdoctoral specialization in forensics. During your regular coursework we recommend that you take PSY 215, Abnormal Psychology and PSY 250, Social Psychology as your “breadth” courses as well as upper division courses in clinical and social psychology. We recommend a CCJ minor, especially CCJ 210, 220 & 380.
Division 41 of the American Psychological Association — the American Psychology-Law Society — has a webpage with comprehensive resources regarding the education and training of psychologists in this fascinating discipline. Click here to visit the Division 41 site.