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Forensic Psychology Specialization

The Forensic Psychology Specialization brings together the fields of psychology and criminology. It explores how psychology can help us better understand crime, criminals, victims and the law, asking questions such as: What are the best ways to assess, treat and manage criminal and antisocial behaviour? What makes a person fit to stand trial? How accurate is eyewitness testimony? How do juries make their decisions?

The Forensic Psychology Specialization is open to all Psychology students on our Brantford campus to enhance their degree and add to their credentials. It includes the same courses as a traditional Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, with additional specialized courses in forensic psychology and criminology. This gives you all the advantages of a psychology degree, but with an added focus on forensic psychology.

You’ll take introductory and advanced courses on forensic psychology from the Psychology department and forensic-related courses from Laurier’s Criminology department such as:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Psychology of Crime
  • Offender Rehabilitation
  • Addiction and Crime

A degree in psychology already gives you lots of career options. The Forensic Psychology Specialization will expand your options to include forensic- and law-related jobs, such as:

  • child protection worker
  • corrections officer
  • mental health worker
  • forensic psychologist (with additional graduate training)

Why Psychology At Brantford?

With our small class sizes and close-knit environment, you’ll get a unique educational experience at the Brantford campus. With lots of opportunities for field placements, you’ll receive practical experience in community settings like daycare centres, educational institutions, community centres and human-service agencies. We also offer opportunities to get involved in current research projects with our faculty members.

You’ll graduate from our program with a solid grounding in psychological theory and experience working in the field. This, combined with the other benefits of a social science degree (critical thinking skills, communication skills, project management and analytical skills), will give you the qualifications that employers are looking for.

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