Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Are you interested in helping adults or kids who are criminal offenders, victims, people with mental health problems or physical and intellectual disabilities? Would you rather be involved with criminal investigations? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the TU forensic psychology program is for you. You’ll examine the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system by taking courses in criminal justice, forensic psychology, psychology and sociology. So it’s like you’ll be getting two degrees in one - criminal justice and psychology. And if that isn’t enough, you’ll learn from faculty who are forensic psychologists.

We Make It Real & Relevant With The BCJ Degree In Forensic Psychology

The field of forensic psychology is both dynamic and growing – making it explicitly undefined, yet exciting. TU has become a leader in the field and created a top-level program that was established before the American Psychology Association even identified it as a registered program.

Our program is designed for students who are interested in examining the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system. In this program, you will develop knowledge and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of offenders, victimology, crisis intervention, counseling, psychopathology, personality assessment and research methods.

You will also study the application of psychological principles to the resolution of problems in the administration of criminal justice, such as jury selection, police stress and rehabilitation program design.

Graduates can begin careers in either a clinical setting where they work directly with offenders and victims, or in a research setting where empirical answers are sought to crucial issues affecting the administration of criminal justice.

The Washington Center Experience 

Gain valuable professional experience while earning credits towards graduation requirements by taking part in the Washington Center experience, which integrates professional work, classwork, leadership and civic engagement. 

A Future With A Variety Of Opportunities

Students graduating with the forensic psychology degree have a wide range of opportunities. Previous forensic psychology graduates have pursued advanced degrees and have gone on to be accepted to law school, master's programs in criminal justice, forensic psychology, mental health counseling, school counseling and doctoral programs in forensic psychology and clinical psychology.

The forensic psychology program at Tiffin University is a blend of coursework in psychology and criminal justice. This gives you many different opportunities for employment in mental health, social service and criminal justice settings.

What You Can Expect From Your TU Forensic Psychology Degree:

  • Graduates will demonstrate the application of psychological theories and research to legal issues.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the psychological impact of crime and violence on victims.
  • Graduates will be able to critically evaluate empirical research.
  • Graduates will be able to design, collect data, analyze results and write an APA style paper for an original empirical research project.
  • Graduates will diagnose mental disorders and understand different approaches to treatment by constructing ITPs.
  • Graduates will learn how their own knowledge, skills and values match different career choices and be able to act professionally in a real world setting.


Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 21 hours
Forensic Psychology Major 30 hours

  • FOR105 Victimology 
  • FOR344 Psychology of Violence and Aggression
  • FOR430 Crisis Intervention Strategies 
  • FOR460 Psychology and Law
  • JUS461 Capstone Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice 
  • PSY360 Introduction to Counseling
  • PSY362 Abnormal Behavior 
  • SOC250 Social Psychology
  • SOC360 Multicultural Issues in Society 

One of the following:

  • COR420 Agency Management 
  • FOR347 Psychology of Sex Crimes 
  • FOR365 Drugs and Society 
  • FOR485 Death and Dying 
  • PSY269 Human Sexuality

Total BCJ hours 121


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August

There are no related concentrations available

Victimology (FOR105) - This course focuses on the victims rather than the offenders; why they have been recently rediscovered, why they often do not report crimes to police; how some victims might share responsibility for the crimes with the offenders; how they can be repaid for their losses through offender restitution and government compensation; and what new services are available to help victims prevent crimes and resist attacks. The social and emotional responses of victims to crime are examined.

Psychology of Violence and Aggression (FOR344) - Course examines the changes in the methods, patterns and meanings of violence. Special attention is paid to individual and collective violence in the streets, in schools, at home, within the media, by the police, by terrorists and by the military. The major theories explaining the causes of violence, and important research about attitudes toward violence and the showing of force to bring about change are reviewed. This is a writing intensive course.

Crisis Intervention Strategies (FOR430) - Focuses on the theory and practice of intervention in various acute situations common in work with criminal justice clients, e.g., domestic violence, suicide threat/attempt, physical or sexual abuse and acute chemical dependency episodes.

Psychology and Law (FOR460) - Course studies the psychology assumptions that the law makes and the differences between law and psychology regarding models of behavior, theories of change, morality and values. Role of psychology in the legal process, the rules of procedure, the jury system and the psychologist in the courtroom are examined in depth. This is a writing intensive course.

Social Psychology (SOC250) - Study of the influences that people have on the beliefs and behaviors of others. Topics will include social perception and attribution, self-presentation, attitudes and attitude change, aggression and violence, group dynamics and their relationship to selected fields.

  • Case Manager 
  • Court Diversion Program Worker
  • Graduate or Law School
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Investigator
  • Local, State or Federal Law Enforcement
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Parole/Probation Officer
  • Researcher
  • Residential Treatment Specialist
  • Victim Advocate
  • Department of Public Defense
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Graduate School​
  • Ohio Attorney General’s
  • Ohio County Sheriff’s Offices
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
  • U.S. Marshals


Dr. Steven Hurwitz
Dr. Steven Hurwitz Professor of Psychology & Criminal Justice / Washington Center Liaison
Dr. Jonathan Appel
Dr. Jonathan Appel Professor of Psychology, Counseling & Criminal Justice / Director of Institutional...
Dr. Erin Dean
Dr. Erin Dean Associate Professor & Chair for Main Campus Social Science Programs
Dr. Matthew Bereza
Dr. Matthew Bereza Associate Professor of Psychology, Counseling & Latin American Studies
Steven Borawski
Steven Borawski Program Chair, Online Bachelor and Graduate Social Science Programs
Dr. Fang-Mei Law
Dr. Fang-Mei Law Professor of Psychology & Criminal Justice
Dr. Elizabeth Athaide-Victor
Dr. Elizabeth Athaide-Victor Professor of Forensic Psychology and Psychology


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  • "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

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