Forensic Clinical Psychology Minor

Overview for Forensic Clinical Psychology Minor

A minor in forensic clinical psychology is for students who have an interest in clinical, applied, and/or research within the area of clinical psychology and law. It is an interdisciplinary field encompassing the role of mental health (psychology, psychiatry, social work) within the context of the law and public policy. Forensic clinical psychology offers a wide variety of career opportunities. The objective of this minor is to provide you with a background in areas commonly needed to support forensic clinical psychology roles, as well as help you develop critical thinking skills in analyzing psychological theory, research, and practice within legal settings, apply an understanding of complex social, moral, and psychological influences of human behavior within legal contexts, and explain professional codes of behavior and understand ethical values and constraints affecting psycho-legal practice. 


Notes about this minor:

  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.

The plan code for Forensic Clinical Psychology Minor is CLINFOR-MN.

Curriculum for Forensic Clinical Psychology Minor

Required Courses
Choose three of the following:
   Diagnosing the Criminal Mind
   Researching the Criminal Mind
   Addiction Pharmacology
Introduction to the field of behavioral neuroscience, the study of neurobiological basis of cognition and behavior. Topics include neuroanatomy and physiology, localization of function, brain injury, research methods in behavioral neuroscience, and biological basis of language, memory, emotion, conscious states, and sexual behavior, with an evolutionary perspective. (Prerequisites: PSYC-101 or PSYC-101H or completion of one (1) 200 level PSYC course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
Choose two of the following:
   Neurological Disease and Behavior
   Assessment and Differential Diagnosis in Forensic Psychology
   Forensic Clinical Case Studies
   Clinical Neuroscience I
   Integration of Behavioral Health Scholarship
   Neurobiological Basis of Therapy
   Clinical Neuroscience II
   Forensic Psychology
   Law and Society
This course focuses on the relationships between law and other social institutions, and examines the values and interests that are expressed in law and shaped by legal structures and processes. Consensus and conflict perspectives of the law are compared and contrasted, and applied to understanding the law's impact on everyday life. This course takes an explicit interdisciplinary approach to understanding law. Lecture 3 (Biannual).
   Domestic Violence
This course focuses on domestic violence in the United States and globally. Various types of domestic violence will be examined, including intimate partner violence, child abuse, and elder abuse. The course will also examine criminal justice responses to domestic violence, including police, court processing of domestic violence cases and punishment of domestic violence offenders. (Prerequisites: CRIM-110 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
   Global Mental Health