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What are some colleges that someone who wants to study criminal psycology go?

I'm a 10th grade sudent who plans to go to college for criminal psychology but doesn't know what classes or what colleges to go to.

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Hello, Brionna !

Being a Psychologist is a very rewarding and satisfying career and I would like to share some advice with you about what you've asked. You are smart to be looking into this now to prepare yourself for college.

You would be going to undergraduate college and majoring in Psychology. Once you obtain your B.S. degree you can earn a Masters or Doctorate in Psychology. Usually, a Masters Degree is not enough to find good employment as a Criminal Psychologist, so I suggest planning to go for a Doctorate degree. You will than go for your licensure. You will than work in a clinical setting and you will by than have contacts and a professional network that can make you aware of the specific type of clients/patients that you want to work with. This is something that will happen during the process and you can explore it, but it's better to know the current information when you're ready to do your clinical work as things change.

One thing I do want to mention is that this is one of those majors that will need to be done in person in classroom setting and for lab work. You will definitely have courses in Abnormal Psych, Criminal Psych and others that relate to what you want to specialize in and the masters and Doctorate programs will give you the opportunity to do criminal psychology research for thesis. Keep in mind that Psychology is a study covering a wide range of topics and Criminal Psychology is the population you plan to work with. You will be guided flawlessly in college for this.

Almost all colleges offer a psychology major and I have left a link below for you of a list of colleges in MA. Your first step is to read the colleges websites and see who offers the program you like and what the admission requirements are. It's a lot of information so keep a notebook to write down the information so you can compare and refer to it when you need to.

Remember that when you are working on cases or with criminals, you will be a Psychologist, not a Law Enforcement Officer. Everything you learn in college will prepare you for this. Sometimes people venture in the Administration of Justice department at college to see if there would be a good course or two that would be good for your future career.

You can start reading about criminal psychology to learn about the specifics of the field and population served. I have left a link to a list of books on the subject.

I hope that this was helpful and I wish you all the best !

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Thank you comment icon I will use this advice as I prepare for my career. Brionna
Thank you comment icon I am happy it was of some help , Brionna ! Michelle M.