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College ideas for Forensic Psychology/Criminology major

PlanoTwinMomPlanoTwinMom 1 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
Daughter is interested in this. Thought I would get some ideas.
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  • MACmiracleMACmiracle 1510 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    My D is interested in similar things. She finally decided to apply to BSW programs because it would allow her to pursue her interests while possibly making herself more marketable and flexible in terms of an eventual career. This idea developed after we started investigating what jobs would be available with the forensic psychology/criminology major.
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  • abasketabasket 19155 replies854 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    OP, do you mean specific colleges for this major? Or majors to focus on this type of interest?
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  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18473 replies324 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    S1 is a forensic psychologist. He went to a small LAC and then got a Psy.D. in psychology. It was a very long haul, but he now works as a forensic psychologist for a state government and assesses and evaluates adolescents who have -- ummmm -- misbehaved. His evaluations are sent to the court to assist with the sentencing. He enjoys it very much.
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  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom 1628 replies10 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I believe that the university of new haven has strong programs in this area.
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  • tkoparenttkoparent 166 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    John Jay in New York has a Forensic Psychology BA/MA program, although I think you would want to be pretty sure this is what you want to do before focusing so narrowly at the undergraduate level. My S is also very interested in forensic psychology, and he is following the path that @VeryHappy describes, starting with a strong basic psychology program at a small LAC and then he'll decide what to do next. I could see him just as easily veering off into sports psychology.
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  • NJWrestlingmomNJWrestlingmom 1168 replies2 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    D21 is also interested in this. Being a Forensic Psychologist would require a Phd, so we've been focusing on finding affordable undergrad psych programs to conserve money for grad school. WVU and VCU have interesting programs.
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  • yauponreduxyauponredux 727 replies25 threadsRegistered User Member
    edited September 3
    D is in a clinical psychology PhD program and is focusing on forensic psychology. She did two years of research and interned with a clincal forensic psychologist while an undergrad and then worked an additional two years as a research assistant (different school) before applying to PhD programs. Her experience was that research, recommendations, publications, and fit with a prospective mentor were the most important factors in acceptance to clinical psychology PhD programs (GPA and GRE scores needed to be good but weren’t the determining factors). All this to say that in choosing an undergraduate institution, students contemplating grad school want to look at doing undergraduate study where they can do research and develop close relationships with professors. Those things are possible at almost any school but may be more accessible in a LAC. @NJWrestlingmom, saving money is always a good thing, but most PhD programs are funded. Your D wouldn’t have a lavish lifestyle, and you might find her still on your family cell phone plan or needing your help with a plane ticket home at the holidays, but unlike students in unfunded masters or PsyD programs, she should be largely self-supporting as a PhD student.
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  • HImomHImom 34194 replies391 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Where does this young person envision working? Has she done any informational interviewing of people who hold jobs like what she aspires to? Sometimes that can be quite illuminating.
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  • privatebankerprivatebanker 5181 replies74 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Not sure 🤔 of the major involved. However dd roommate is taking victimology at Boston College this year. The class is taught by the woman scientist who is being heralded on the Netflix show “Mindhunters”. Credited with being the scientist paired with the agents who invented the concept of FBI profiling now used world wide.
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  • NJWrestlingmomNJWrestlingmom 1168 replies2 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @privatebanker too cool! I just started binging that show yesterday!!
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  • PlanoTwinMomPlanoTwinMom 1 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Colleges.....
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  • SybyllaSybylla 3683 replies46 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 6
    What kind of stats does your DD have, and budget?
    What do you and your DD think that this offers in the way of employment? A realistic idea of what options are available is terribly important. (as per HI moms question). Just a web search is a good start.
    edited September 6
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  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom 1628 replies10 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    As soon as I finish Criminal Minds, I’m going to have to move on to MindHunters. More lost sleep from nightmares I guess!
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  • toomanyteenstoomanyteens 1001 replies59 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    There is a heavy emphasis on this and similar majors where my D goes - Tiffin University in OH -- many of her friends have done internships in DC for the FBI etc.
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