Forensic Psychology Minor

The Department of Justice Sciences jointly offers with the Department of Psychology a minor in Forensic Psychology. The curriculum for the new minor blends existing course offerings available from the two departments, along with a new Introduction to Forensic Psychology course (JS125/PY125). The minor is designed to:

  • Educate students on the relations among the disciplines of law, forensic science, and psychology;
  • Expand existing offerings by the University in forensic science, which currently include an undergraduate specialization in Forensic Science as part of the Criminal Justice major (Department of Justice Sciences), an undergraduate concentration in Forensic Accounting (Department of Accounting and Information Systems), a master of science in Forensic Science (Department of Justice Sciences), and graduate certificate programs in Computer Forensics (joint between the Departments of Justice Sciences and Computer and Information Science);
  • Prepare students to pursue graduate degrees in Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Forensic Psychology;
  • Prepare students for entry-level positions in public-sector agencies through their combining available majors in criminal justice or psychology with the minor in forensic psychology;
  • Formalize an ongoing inter-departmental relationship between Justice Sciences and Psychology

Students can complete the minor in forensic psychology by completing 21 semester hours of core course work, and a 3 semester hour special topics seminar.

Students must complete the following core courses:

JS125/PY125 Introduction to Forensic Psychology (Spring)

JS110 Introduction to Forensic Science (Fall & Spring)

PY275 Psychology and Law* (Fall)

JS330 Criminal Law* (Fall & Spring)

JS332 Criminal Evidence* (Fall)

PY372 Social Psychology* OR PY218 Abnormal Psychology* (Fall/Spring)

Students must also complete one of the following seminar courses:
PY 420 - Special Topics:

  1. Social Aspects of Forensic Psychology
  2. Cognitive Aspects of Forensic Psychology
  3. Developmental Aspects of Forensic Psychology
  4. Clinical Aspects of Forensic Psychology
Transfer Students must earn at least 9 hours of PY or JS credit at UAB, 6 hours of which must be at the 300 level or higher. Students may have to satisfy prerequisites before taking some of the courses.
Students may have to satisfy prerequisites before taking some of the courses.
Students who major or minor in Criminal Justice or Psychology or who minor in Legal Affairs, cannot earn dual credit toward fulfilling the requirements for those majors or minors by taking courses in the Forensic Psychology minor. The Department of Justice Sciences and the Department of Psychology each reserves the right to require a specific grade point average as an additional prerequisite for students enrolling in courses at the 300 level or higher.

Students are strongly advised to refer to the UAB Undergraduate Catalog for additional information on the core curriculum, major, and minor requirements. Direct any questions to the SBS Advising Office located in Heritage Hall 510, 975-0097.