Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology Minor

The forensic minor is for students who have interest in clinical, applied, and/or research within the area of psychology and law.  It is an interdisciplinary field encompassing mental health (psychology, psychiatry, social work), law, and public policy.  Forensic psychology offers a wide variety of career opportunities.

Minors are an important part of the undergraduate curriculum.  If students declare a minor by sophomore year, they can usually complete it in a timely manner.  Students should work with their advisor to determine if it is possible that the minor can be completed by graduation.  

To receive a minor, a student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their major(s) and from other minors, and students must complete more than 50% of the coursework required for the minor at Canisius. Please note that “ancillary/supporting” courses required for a major may still count as distinct courses as long as the remaining coursework still meets the 30 credit-hours required for a major. For more information about minor policies, please see the Declaring Majors and Minors page in the catalog.


Required Courses
CRJ 227Criminal Justice I3
CRJ 228Criminal Justice II3
CRJ 330Current Issues in Forensic Psychology3
PSY 360Psychology and Law3
PSY 303Psychopathology3
Choose one of the following psychology electives:3
PSY 373
Behavior Modification
PSY 377Psychology of Violence and Aggression3
PSY 395
Assessment in the Behavioral Sciences
PSY 452
Techniques of Counseling
PSY 453
Theories of Counseling
PSY 498FForensic Psychology Practicum3
Choose one of the following criminal justice electives:3
CRJ 250
Criminal Law and Procedure
CRJ 300
Special Topics in Criminal Justice (must be approved by minor director)
CRJ 337
Violence and the Family
CRJ 351
Police and the Community
CRJ 354
Juvenile Delinquency
CRJ 356
Treatment of Offenders
CRJ 382
Criminal Justice Ethics
Total Credits27