Core Requirements

 

This course provides an introduction to legal research methods, including state and federal reported cases, digests, annotated codes, state and federal administrative regulations, and computerized legal research, as well as an introduction to the writing of case briefs and memoranda. This course is also an advanced examination of aspects of evidence acquisition, evaluation, and preservation with special consideration of the legal context including its use in the trial process. This course is designed to provide additional insights concerning the proper use of evidence and its admissibility. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
CJS510-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
CJS510-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA

Graduate level course on the nature of criminal law; philosophical and historical development; major definitions and concepts; classification of crime; elements of crimes and penalties using California and federal statutes as illustrations; defenses to criminal responsibility; criminal responsibility. (3 units; Spring & Online)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
CJS520-B
Hinrichs, Troy
01/08/2024 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Building 36 36A1
CJS520-A
Hinrichs, Troy
01/08/2024 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Building 36 36A1

A study in the traditional and theoretical schools of criminology. Theories relating to individual abnormality and theories relating to cultural influences are examined. Theories of the causes of delinquency and data on delinquent behavior including gangs, minor and major criminal actions and methods of correction are also covered. (3 units; Summer & Online)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
CJS530-B
Hinrichs, Troy
05/06/2024 W 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B221
CJS530-A
Hinrichs, Troy
05/06/2024 T 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM BUS 253

This course will examine elements of criminal investigation, including crime scene preservation, evidence collection and interviewing. To bring these two topics (investigation and report writing) together, students will also be exposed to various concepts of criminal law, search and seizure and police procedures. (3 units; Summer & Online)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
CJS560-A
Hinrichs, Troy
05/06/2024 M 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Health Science Campus L243

This course introduces graduate students to univariate and bivariate statistical analysis. The course will review linear correlations, reliability analyses, independent t-tests, dependent t-tests, one way ANOVA, factorial ANOVA, linear regression, and chi-squares statistics. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY500-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center B113
FPY500-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 T 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center B113

This course introduces graduate students to multivariate statistics, overview of univariate and bivariate statistics, screening of data including issues of normality, linearity, homoscedasticity, multiple regression, canonical correlations, analysis of covariance, multiple analysis of variance and covariance, profile analysis, logistic regression, principle components and factor analysis, and introduction to structural equation modeling. Prerequisite: FPY 500. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY501-A
Gamez, Ana
01/08/2024 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 375
FPY501-B
Gamez, Ana
01/08/2024 T 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center B113

This course examines the nature of the research process emphasizing the formulation of investigative questions and testable hypotheses. The course reviews qualitative methods of data collection, data analysis and report writing. Within a small group setting, students and professors will design and implement field research from topic selection to publication submission. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY505-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center B113
FPY505-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center B113

This course examines the nature of the research process emphasizing the formulation of investigative questions and testable hypotheses. This course reviews quantitative methods of data collection, data analysis and report writing. Within a small group setting, students and professors will design and implement field research from topic selection to publication submission. Prerequisites: FPY 500. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY506-B
Hasinsky, Emily Anne
01/08/2024 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Instructor OFFC
FPY506-A
Hasinsky, Emily Anne
01/08/2024 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Instructor OFFC

This course examines the biological bases of behavior and learning through the lifespan, including the fundamentals of neuroanatomy, brain development, neuropsychology, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, psychopharmacology and temperament. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY510-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
FPY510-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA
FPY510-C
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA

This course is meant to teach graduate students the fundamentals of reconstructing the serial offenders' motives and intent through examination of psychological evidence left by perpetrators at crime scenes. This course incorporates a multifaceted approach to psychological profiling utilizing criminal investigative skills, social psychological principles, and advanced research methodology. Prerequisites: CJS 530, 560, FPY540 and either FPY 535 or PSY 535. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY520-B
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth_Ann
01/08/2024 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus P280
FPY520-A
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth_Ann
01/08/2024 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Health Science Campus P280

Survey of theory, method, and research results in areas of social psychology, such as attitude formation and change, social perception/ cognition, impression formation, social influence, interpersonal attraction and relationships, aggression and pro-social behavior, and group dynamics. Application in areas such as criminal behavior, legal settings, or neurobehavioral psychology will also be included. (3 units; Summer)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY530-A
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth_Ann
05/06/2024 W 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B219
FPY530-B
Roth, Erica M.
05/06/2024 T 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM BUS 252

Nature and causes of reactions to social, biological and psychological stress and maladaptive developments with an emphasis on psychopathy and criminality.(3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY535-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
FPY535-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA

This course covers relevant laws and ethical issues affecting forensic psychologists practicing in California. It is designed to instill a broad understanding of the issues/areas within the field of forensic psychology. This broad understanding will include the areas of psychology, law, criminal justice, and forensic mental health. Students will be given the opportunity to gain this basic knowledge and will be expected to critically analyze theories, policies, research, and practices within the field of forensic psychology. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY540-B
Roth, Erica M.
01/08/2024 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus P280
FPY540-A
Roth, Erica M.
01/08/2024 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Health Science Campus P280

This course will serve as a supplement to the student’s academic and field placement experience. Within a small group setting, students and professors will discuss issues and linkages between their academic work and their field placement experience. This may best be described as a weekly, small group supervision process allowing students to concretize theoretical models utilized within the culture of forensic practice. Pass/Fail. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY560-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Instructor OFFC
FPY560-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 T 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Instructor OFFC

A continuation of Forensic Practicum I. Pass/Fail. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY565-B
Gamez, Ana
01/08/2024 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Health Science Campus A015
FPY565-A
Gamez, Ana
01/08/2024 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center B220

This course is designed to be an in-depth seminar on a selected topic within Forensic Psychology. Course is repeatable for a total of nine units with a change of topic. (3 units; Fall, Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY595-A
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth_Ann
01/08/2024 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Yeager Center ONLN

This course prepares the student for a culminating project - either a thesis or comprehensive evaluation of progress. Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: FPY 506 and department permission. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY596-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 - Instructor OFFC
FPY596-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 - Instructor OFFC

A study of the developmental cycle of the human organism from a cognitive, psychological, sociological, and moral perspective. Emphasis is placed on theories and research related to child development. (3 units; Fall & Online)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PSY510-C
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
PSY510-D
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
PSY510-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA
PSY510-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA

Final Requirement

 

Choose one of the following options:

This course requires the student to engage in the preparation, evaluation, development, and presentation of research in forensic psychology culminating in a thesis. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: FPY 596. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation

This course is designed to provide an in-depth review of the core competencies that are required to demonstrate the ability to practice forensic psychology with in the acceptable standards of the profession. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: FPY 596. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FPY598-B
Roth, Erica M.
01/08/2024 - Instructor OFFC
FPY598-A
Roth, Erica M.
01/08/2024 - Instructor OFFC

Thesis/Comprehensive Exam Requirement

 

The thesis is a traditional academic research paper and should be completed concurrent with the student's last semester of the program. Students should contact the program director for details regarding the selection of the committee and the procedure for approval.

Students graduating from the non-thesis track will be required to successfully complete a seven (7) hour written comprehensive examination. Information regarding content and format of the examination may be obtained from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

 

Forensic Practicum

 

Students will complete a nine month practicum where they will receive practical experience and on-site supervision in a forensic setting related to their individual interests and career goals (e.g., rape crisis center, Department of Children and Family Services Counseling Center, juvenile court, metropolitan and county law enforcement agencies, probation departments, California Department of Prisons). The two-semester practicum requirement occurs in the last year of the program.

 

 

*Curriculum subject to change.