1. It is a versatile degree that can be applied to almost any career
2. You can better understand why people do the things they do (and people will wonder if you are thinking about why they are doing what they are doing!)
3. You can learn principles for effective parenting and for working effectively with others.
4. You may improve your own ability to learn.
5. You can learn effective principles to increase your own motivation and facilitate motivation in others.
6. A degree in psychology will expose and prepare you for further study in psychology, and for a variety of career options; from basic laboratory research to multiple real-world applications.
7. Psychologists study behavior and cognition from a variety of perspectives, including developmental, social, & biological models (to name just a few!)
8. You can get involved in a variety of academic experiences, including field experience, internships and original scientific research.
9. Psychology is a science, and students have the opportunity to be ethical scientists and present their research at academic conferences.
10. The study of behavior is fascinating!
St. Ambrose University is uniquely positioned as one of approximately 10 colleges/universities in the country to offer the B.A. or B.S. degree in Forensic Psychology.
As a small Midwestern university, our Forensic Psychology majors benefit from strong mentor relationships with faculty. While St. Ambrose boasts a comprehensive focus, it is rooted in the liberal arts tradition which allows our majors exposure to coursework in a variety of disciplines.
The Forensic Psychology major at St. Ambrose has a rich history of strong relationships with community partners, such as our internship sites, that play a key role in preparing students for careers after graduation. The Forensic Psychology major embodies the St. Ambrose mission by promoting intellectual development and ethical decision-making. These skills are developed through coursework and applying psychological principles to direct work with those in the criminal justice system.
In line with the vision of St. Ambrose University, students in the Forensic Psychology program demonstrate a commitment to social justice and service through their work with those who struggle with mental illness and are involved in the legal system as an offender or victim.