Understand the Mind of a Criminal with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Psychology
Have you always been interested in how the criminal mind works? Maybe crime TV has inspired you to bring about justice in the real world. A career as a criminologist could be your calling! With our Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Criminal Psychology degree, you’ll receive the tools you need to pursue a career in the field or apply to a graduate school. A career as a criminologist means that you’ll understand the intent and motives that led to a crime, as well as help bring justice to victims with your help in solving crimes. You could also work as a psychologist, detective, or police officer.
Make an impact on the world by bettering the criminal justice system, rehabilitating criminals, and bringing peace of mind to victims. This field needs people like you who are excited and passionate about what they do. Pursuing our criminal psychology degree will get you one step closer to making the impact you want to see.
At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among Niche.com’s Top 5 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.
Why Choose Liberty’s Psychology: Criminal Psychology Degree?
At Liberty, we want you to have the best we can offer. You’re going to learn from experienced professionals and get the hands-on experience you need to excel in your field. One of the most important resources we have to offer is our professors. These men and women are excited to teach, mentor, guide, and support you throughout your academic journey with us. They are also highly trained professionals with degrees in psychology and years of experience in the field.
Another exciting benefit that awaits you in our criminal psychology degree is the experience. While you have the opportunity of participating in research projects, psychology activities, and Club Psych, the most exciting option for experience is your internship. You can intern with hospitals, schools, and police departments. We’ve even had students intern with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security!
What Will You Learn in Our Psychology: Criminal Psychology Degree?
We want you to be fully equipped to enter the career of your choice or apply to graduate school upon graduation, and the courses and internship you’ll take part in will give you all the tools you need for success. As a criminologist, you’ll need a strong foundation in psychology. That’s why you’ll study topics like research, social psychology, behavioral modification, personality, multicultural counseling, and statistics in psychology.
Since you’re specializing in criminal psychology, you’ll take the following courses:
- Crisis Intervention
- Introduction to Criminal Justice
- Overview of Theory and Treatment of Substance Abuse
- Psychology of Criminal Behavior
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information on what you’ll be studying!
PSYC 312 – Social Psychology
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- How the presence of other people affects an individual’s behavior
- How an individual forms opinions and attitudes about others
- How social interactions and queues affect aspects of interpersonal and business communication
PSYC 341 – Psychology of Personality
In this course, you will study major historical and contemporary theories of the origin and development of personality, emphasizing the role of the dynamics of personality.
PSYC 365 – Psychological Foundations of Learning
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A study of human learning, including conditioning, behavior modeling, cognitive development, and high level thought processes
- Models of behaviorism
- Social learning, cognitive development, memory, and motivation
- Attribution theories
PSYC 420 – Psychology and Christianity
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The relationship between Christian theology and the science of psychology
- Philosophical foundations
- The major models of conceptualizing the relationship between the two disciplines
Highlights of Our Psychology: Criminal Psychology Degree
- Christ-centered courses that give you the cutting edge in research and counseling techniques
- Multiple areas of study to help you specialize in the career you want to pursue
- Faculty-student mentoring in research projects with the potential of presentation publication of your research as an undergraduate student
- Multiple psychology events and internship opportunities are available to give you real work and training experience
- Academic trips available to Ecuador, New York, and Poland
- Our psychology club—Club Psych, which allows for interaction with professors and peers in the field
Psychology: Criminal Psychology Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Psychology: Criminal Psychology Graduates
- Church counselor
- Counselor in a group home
- Counselor/psychologist with a private practice
- Police officer
- Probation officer
- Residential treatment counselor/psychologist
- Social worker
- Substance abuse counselor
- Treatment center counselor/psychologist
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.