Azusa Pacific University System
The Criminal Behavior concentration acquaints the student with criminal behavior, group dynamics (such as gangs), forensics, and conflict management (such as how to defuse an irate inmate). Courses provide the fundamental foundation of principles, concepts, theories, and skills required to work with this particular population. Students may choose to build a profession working with those displaying criminal behavior or extend their studies to law school or perhaps a master’s in criminal justice or criminal behavior. This degree also provides a foundation for higher-level government jobs.
This 15-unit concentration requires the following coursework:
An exploration of theories and research that provide cognitive, behavioral, and psychological explanations of criminal behavior, including how individual criminal behavior is acquired, evoked, maintained and modified. Also addresses the cultural and social aspects related to criminal behavior along with effective intervention strategies. Prerequisite: APSY 105 Introduction to Psychology
Investigates the application of the science and profession of psychology to issues relating to law and the legal system. Addresses related psychological research, legal issues, and processes, as well as cultural and ethical issues in forensic psychology. Prerequisite: APSY 105 Introduction to Psychology
Examines the diagnosis, analysis, and conflict resolution between individuals and in organizations. Discusses the application of different types of negotiation strategies based on rational and emotional elements in approaching negotiation, cultural contexts, and individual differences.
Explores research and perspectives on experimental and applied analyses of behavior that impact motivation. Addresses the application of methods for effective motivation in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: APSY 105 Introduction to Psychology
Positions such as a police officer, probation officer, parole officer, corrections officer, detention center personnel, and similar jobs in criminal justice. This degree also provides the framework for pursuing a law degree or higher-level government jobs.
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