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Psychology and Law

Concentration in Psychology and Law

The field of psychology and law involves the application of scientific and professional aspects of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. This field encompasses contributions made in a number of different areas- research, clinical practice, public policy, and teaching/training among them—from a variety of orientations within the field of psychology, such as developmental, social, cognitive, neuropsychology, and clinical. Students in this concentration will participate in at least three experiential learning venues: laboratory research, a community-based internship, and study tours to Hennepin County courts.

Students take the following courses:

  • PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology
  • PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PSY 235 – Psychology and Law
  • PSY 262 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 315 – Research Methods and Statistics II
  • PSY 325 – Social Behavior
  • PSY 354 – Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 360 – Psychology Laboratory
  • PSY 400 – Keystone Internship
  • PSY 491 – Advanced Research Seminar
  • SOC 277 – Introduction to Criminology
  • At least one course from the following:
    • PSY 359 – Assessment
    • PSY 385 – Counseling Psychology
    • PSY 410 – Clinical Neuropsychology
  • At least one course from the following:
    • POL 170 – Law in the United States
    • POL 370 – Constitutional Law