Professionals in this field provide specialized expertise across the many social systems that clients with mental illness or trauma utilize, including the criminal justice, mental health, substance abuse, and social service systems. The minor also provides critical information for students who desire investigation or legal careers, including risk assessment, expert testimony, intelligence gathering, and forensic science. It also is ideal for those interested in advocacy for disadvantaged communities or in conducting or using psychological research to improve or inform the legal system.
This minor provides students with an advantage when applying for jobs in areas such as juvenile facilities, social service agencies, victim services, child care agencies, probation, parole, family court, addiction services, hospitals, and community mental health centers. Other students may seek employment in investigation careers in federal, state, or private agencies. Students also can pursue graduate training in specialized areas such as forensic clinical psychology or forensic social work. Other students pursue Masters or Ph.D. degrees in social psychology, neuroscience, or cognitive psychology in programs that have psychology and law concentrations.
The following links provide information about professional careers within psychology and law:
Psychology today article discusses what it takes to become a forensic psychologist.
Criminal profiling: the reality behind the myth is an article that provides insights of how the psychology of crime and justice minor informs investigation careers.