Forensic Psychology Concentration

Interdisciplinary concentration

Hamline’s forensic psychology concentration—the only program of its kind in Minnesota—provides a multidisciplinary approach to:

  • The study of crime
  • Motivations for criminal behavior
  • The response and use of psychology in the criminal justice and legal systems

You’ll gain foundational knowledge in criminology, psychology, and legal studies and tie it all together with an interdisciplinary senior seminar. Any student majoring in criminology, criminal justice, psychology, or legal studies can pursue a forensic psychology concentration. Since some courses may overlap with your major requirements, you can develop an in-demand skill set while still staying on track to graduate.

Forensic psychology program details

Career Paths
Grad School

Internships for forensic psychology students

At Hamline, every internship is a paid internship, and you can explore internship opportunities in forensic psychology.  Our students intern with the following organizations: 

  • Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections Behavioral Health Unit
  • Cornerstone Victim Services

Violence Prevention Project Research Center internships

Students also have the opportunity to complete an internship as a student researcher with Hamline's Violence Prevention Project Resource Center, where students have played a critical role in creating the mass shooter database, a resource for journalists, researchers, and policymakers.

Explore Center Research Opportunities

Explore career paths for forensic psychology students

Explore what you can do with a forensic psychology concentration and a complementary major in criminology and criminal justice, legal studies, or psychology.  

Job titles and career fields

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation field agent
  • Community corrections
  • Crime analyst
  • Court evaluations and expert testimony
  • Crisis response specialist
  • Policing and investigation
  • Specialty mental health probation officer
  • Corrections assessment and programming ·       

Take your career further with graduate school

Our graduates have gone on to graduate schools across the country in the pursuit of master’s and doctoral degrees. Examples of programs include:

  • Master of Social Work (MSW)

  • Master of Arts in Counseling 

  • Doctorate in Psychology (PhD and PsyD)

Dr. Jillian Peterson smiles at the camera

Why study forensic psychology at Hamline?

Hear from Dr. Jillian Peterson, criminology and criminal justice professor and executive director of Hamline's Violence Prevention Project Research Center, about Hamline's forensic psychology concentration. 

Forensic psychology news

Headshot of Professor Jillian Peterson
February 19 2024 / Inside Hamline News

Peterson publishes in Annual Reviews of Clinical Psychology

Professor Jillian Peterson recently published an article in the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology: “Epidemiology of Mass Shootings in the United...

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