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Criminal Behavior

Career Opportunities

The B.A. in Applied Psychology degree allows you to obtain a position that requires a bachelor’s degree in a helping profession. The emphasis areas give a you specialized knowledge in a particular field, allowing your resume to stand out from the crowd. The emphasis also opens opportunities to transfer credits and reduce coursework requirements for certain graduate school programs.

The Criminal Behavior emphasis provides training for positions such as probation officer, parole officer, police officer, prison guard, detention center personnel, and other, similar jobs in justice. Often these jobs require a bachelor’s in “psychology, social work, criminal justice, or related degree.” The Criminal Behavior emphasis will acquaint you with criminal behavior, group dynamics (such as gangs), forensics, and conflict management (such as how to defuse an irate inmate).

This might even be an area of focus for someone who plans to attend law school. This emphasis may also benefit those interested in higher-level government jobs or becoming fluent in a foreign language, especially Spanish and/or Middle Eastern languages (such as Arabic).

Coursework

General Studies Core28 units
Learners pursuing any of University College’s bachelor’s degrees are encouraged to complete the General Studies Core before starting their major requirements. Learners are required to complete 45 units prior to enrolling in program major requirements. Included in the required 45 units, the following courses are to be satisfied: ENG 105, one course of the General Studies Core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirements, and all program requisites. Learners must attain at least a 2.0 (C) grade-point average in the major. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.
Electives17 units
Students may choose from any course in the UC Academic Catalog.
Program Requisites15 units
UC 101
Momentum: Success in the University
3
REL 105
Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry
3
APSY 285
Abnormal Psychology
3
APSY 295
Human Growth and Development
3
STAT 280
Applied Statistics
3
Major Requirements45 units
APSY 300
Research Methods in Psychology
3
APSY 315
Integration of Psychology and Christianity
3
APSY 320
Personality Theory
3
APSY 325
Learning Theory
3
APSY 330
Cognition
3
APSY 335
Fundamentals of Testing and Assessment
3
APSY 340
Interviewing and Counseling Techniques
3
APSY 350
Social Psychology
3
APSY 370
Psychopharmacology
3
APSY 405
Physiological Psychology
3
APSY 410
Psychology of Emotions
3
APSY 430
Cultural Psychology
3
APSY 475
Ethics
3
APSY 490
Practicum
3
APSY 495
Special Topics in Psychology
3
Emphasis in Criminal Behavior15 units
APSY 345
Criminal Behavior
3
APSY 415
Forensic Psychology
3
APSY 455
Conflict Management
3
APSY 460
Motivation
3
APSY 480
Group Processes
3

Learners may also apply credit toward the fulfillment of UC’s requirements through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and previous coursework from regionally accredited colleges/universities.

Total120 units
Note: This information is current for the 2014 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.