Psychology - Forensic Psychology

The online Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology at Northwest Christian University prepares undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing graduate education in Forensic Psychology or other related fields. This program intertwines the basic foundations of psychological and criminal justice principles

With the psychology side of the concentration you will study the essence of being human – how we learn, develop, relate to others, and process information. While on the criminal justice side you will study criminology, investigations, corrections, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system. Forensic psychologists are not your traditional psychologists, who aim to serve patients; rather, they are dedicated to extracting the truth within the crime.

With six starts a year and 24/7 access to your courses, you are able to maintain balance in your life and stay in control of your busy schedule.

  • Courses start every 8 weeks
  • Prior college, law enforcement, military training, and more may be accepted for credit towards your degree
  • Convenient online delivery or can be combined with limited face-to-face courses one night a week in our small classroom setting
  • Benefit from highly qualified faculty


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Learning Objectives

Graduates of the Psychology program will:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge base of psychology.
  2. Demonstrate scientific inquiry and critical thinking skills.
  3. Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological explanations and practices and adopt values that build community in a diverse world.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills in a variety of formats.
  5. Apply psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits.
  6. Apply Christian faith to an understanding of psychological science.


In addition to the objectives for the Psychology major, graduates of the Forensic Psychology concentration will:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge base of psychological principles as applies to the criminal justice system.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of forensic psychological evaluations and assessment in criminal cases.



This program will give you a competitive edge for both entry-level positions and advancement opportunities, including:

  • State & Local Law Enforcement
  • Federal  Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Courts
  • Private Security & Business
  • Crime Analysis
  • Victims Advocacy
  • Research


Potential careers with a graduate degree, licensure, and/or credentials include:

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Counseling
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Professor or Instuctor
  • Jury Consultant
  • Expert Witness

Prerequisites for the Major/Concentration

Courses within the Major

Courses within the Concentration

Program Director: Nani Skaggs, Ph.D.

Ph.D., George Mason University
M.A., George Mason University
B.S., George Mason University

Dr. Nani Skaggs arrived at NCU in 2009. Her primary teaching schedule includes general psychology, human development, cognition, research methods, and biological psychology. She brings over 12 years of teaching expertise to the classroom.

Nani’s interests involve faith development in emerging adulthood and the cognitive science …

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