Combining Psychology with Criminal Justice

Provided by Florida Tech University

There are many different career paths in the criminal justice field, but they all have one thing in common: They require professionals to interact and communicate with other people. Whether it’s a law enforcement officer conducting a routine traffic stop or a defense attorney preparing a closing statement, there’s real power in being able to understand the way other people think and act.

Although criminal justice professionals might see people at their worst, a background in psychology might help steer individuals in a more productive direction. The American Psychological Association explains that “Psychologists use scientific research to better understand how people learn, interpret events and make decisions. They then translate that knowledge into techniques to help people make smarter choices in their daily lives.”

For criminal justice professionals, studying psychology can provide competencies and knowledge needed to develop and sharpen critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Education plays a large role in bridging the fields of psychology and criminal justice. For example, Florida Tech’s BA in Applied Psychology/Forensic Psychology is designed to help people in a wide range of legal, counseling and law enforcement fields learn how to look at human behavior through a sociological and psychological lens. The degree program discusses a range of critical issues, including family counseling, legal processes, criminal behavior, probable cause, investigative techniques, victimology, policing and courtroom procedures.

Learn more about Florida Tech’s programs for criminal justice professionals here.