Goals and Course Topics
Change Starts with Understanding
Things aren’t always what they seem. For our society to be better, we must understand its people. You can develop expertise in the psychological causes of crime with classes that focus on trends and major crime problems and statistics, the nature and causes of crime, justice agencies and personnel, and the changing features of the American legal system and criminal justice agency management.
A Strong Academic Foundation
The major is structured to give our students sufficient background in correctional strategies, agency and case management, psychology of violence and threat assessment that effectively augment the knowledge and skills they develop in the criminal justice core curriculum. A strong emphasis is placed on providing the latest perspectives on offender reentry, population management strategies, offender motivation, theory and policy that will provide you with the requisite educational foundation to effect positive outcomes in offender management.
Our faculty’s extensive experience offers you an innovative blend of theory and practice that is crucial for effective professional education. In addition, our faculty take you into the field and let you explore the correctional environment first-hand, which allows you to gain a better understanding of the classroom instruction.
Online: Two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October
Who Is This Program For?
The Criminal Behavior major is designed for students interested in examining the relationship between Psychology and the Criminal Justice system. Students will develop an understanding in crisis intervention, counseling, psychopathology, personality assessment and research methods. The Criminal Behavior concentration is offered in the three-semester format and is only available online.