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What school should I go to for Criminal Psychology? What should I learn?

I am someone in high school who has always been interested in the human mind and why they do what they do and of course criminals, and I have only recently discovered that I would like to go into Criminal Psychology. Therefore, I have a lot of questions such as what college I should go to learn to become one and what I should learn, honestly whatever tidbit of information when going into this field will help.

Thank you comment icon Hi Tai, I think that it would be best to have a solid foundation in psychology, criminal justice and human development to go into this field. I would also ask to shadow someone in the legal field as well as law enforcement. Ask those professionals already in the field for reading recommendations too. Many colleges and universities have these foundational programs, you can look on line for the programs, cost, campus visiting etc. Kirstin Strom

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Christine’s Answer

Although I have no experience in this field, I have learned long ago that talking to people really helps! If you can find someone around where you are, then you might just be able to shadow them and pick their brain a bit. Some people to start with are police officers as many of them have a bachelors in criminal studies.

And just to show you I do know what I'm talking about, a forensic anthropologist came to my local library and did a book signing. Oddly enough, I took an interest in forensic anthropology during college but never pursued it. I became an engineer in the nuclear plant realm. But, after going to her talk and answering all of her questions correctly, it came book signing time. I called my husband at the time and asked for all of her books I had at home. He brought them and one was acquired in Michigan while I had been a student. Anyhow, she saw this book, and stunned asked where I had gotten her unpublished copy! I honestly didn't know it was an advanced copy prior to publication and explained the story. She was so taken with me she offered to get me into the anthropology school at Louisiana State University. The woman was Mary Manheim. So, you never know until you open your eyes and mouth.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is amazing! I really needed it. Tai
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Jennifer’s Answer

Hello Tai,

In my early days after finishing highschool - I, too had a fascination with Psychology and Criminology, and therefore obtained an Associates Degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Criminology.

In your region of Nebraska, I did some research and found the School of Criminology and
Criminal Justice. They offer on-campus and online programs to suit your lifestyle, and the instructors are people who have worked in the field and therefore being real-world experience.

In my opinion, I personally want to learn from people currently working in the field. With times changing, you want to attend an institution that will bring valuable life experience that you can apply, not just theories.

I would give them a call and ask to speak with a faculty member, who can guide you on the possible career opportunities by attending one of their programs.

Good luck!

- Jennifer Bari
Career Coach

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-bari-6b162185
Thank you comment icon Jennifer, thank you! Tai
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De'Jahnique’s Answer

Liberty University is really great school. I went and love it. My Master's degree is in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology. They offer on campus and online classes. I completed the online course and it was a great course. The professors do care and you can also get their personal numbers if you have extra questions or need more help. I had one professor that actually took his time and walked me through an assignment I was struggling on.
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