A dual-degree program that will make graduates highly competitive for the current needs of Federal agencies, such as the FBI and CIA, seeking employees with investigative and psychological application skills
The dual degree program in Criminal Justice and Psychology at Husson University provides students with an opportunity to achieve an educational foundation in the practical and theoretical aspects of both criminal justice and psychology. This strong background across disciplines allows students to appreciate the critically important relationship between criminality and psychological factors. The successful law enforcement professional requires an understanding of the forensic application of psychology to the investigation of crime in order to promote successful outcomes. Conversely, the qualified forensic practitioner requires a thorough grounding in criminal justice, police operations and the law to effectively assess and treat offenders and victims. Students in the dual degree program are therefore exposed to coursework which will prepare them for careers in both clinical and law enforcement professions. This curriculum also positions the student favorably for graduate level study in Criminal Justice, Psychology or Forensic Psychology.
Students are expected to complete 152 credit hours of course-based and practical work in the dual degree program leading to separate Bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology. This unique curriculum provides a strong core of professional courses as well as varied liberal arts offerings. The course of study is structured to expose students to core theoretical, clinical and practical topics in complementary disciplines with elective-based courses and fieldwork opportunities allowing the individual learner to tailor the program to include unique interests.
The dual degree program also provides the option of attending the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's Pre-Service Training program, allowing the student to earn six college credits and become eligible to work as a part-time law enforcement officer in the State of Maine. Those students in their final year of study may choose instead to attend the Academy's Basic Law Enforcement Training Program to become eligible to work as a full-time law enforcement officer in the State of Maine, while earning fifteen college credits.
During the fourth and fifth years, students are required to complete a practicum experience in Psychology and may choose to complete an internship in a Criminal Justice-related setting. Upon completion of the core Psychology coursework, the student is also able to apply for certification as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician, Community Level (MHRT-C) in the State of Maine. These opportunities allow the student to meaningfully integrate classroom-based learning into real world application of knowledge. The dual degree student is therefore ideally positioned for entry level positions in both professions as well as post-baccalaureate study at a graduate level.
Students have the opportunity to choose some upper level criminal justice elective courses as they progress through the program. The topics of these electives vary each semester. Some of the topics previously offered and likely to be offered again include: