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Study Psychology and Legal Issues

Major in Psychology with an Emphasis in Psychology and Legal Issues

Earn your degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Psychology and Legal Issues at Pittsburg State.

Determine how psychological concepts and theories can be applied in legal settings. Our students apply psychological principles to legal matters, including criminal investigations, legal proceedings, and correctional settings.

Through group discussions, case studies, and problem-based learning graduates feel confident as professionals in the legal system.

Topics unique to the Psychology and Legal Issues emphasis track include:

  • Legal psychology: The study of how psychology can be applied in the legal system, such as in the assessment of witnesses or the evaluation of evidence.
  • Criminal law and justice: The study of criminal law, criminal justice systems, and issues related to crime and punishment.
  • Social and developmental psychology: The study of how social and developmental factors can influence behavior, attitudes, and decision-making.
  • Ethics and professional conduct: The study of ethical issues in the legal and psychological professions, such as confidentiality, informed consent, and conflicts of interest.

Careers in Psychology with an emphasis in Psychology and Legal Issues

Graduates of a Psychology and Legal Issues program may pursue a variety of careers in areas such as law enforcement, criminal justice, social work, or forensic psychology. Jobs pursued by Pitt State graduates include:

  • Case managers
  • Probation and parole officers
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Labor negotiators
  • Personnel directors
  • Substance abuse counselors
  • Consumer behavior analysts
  • Human relations officers
The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology was designed for students who want to pursue a career in a psychology-related field immediately after graduation. Students also choose to pursue advanced degrees in fields such as law, psychology, or public policy.

Additional information
for the Department of Psychology and Counseling

Catalog – see program guides