Forensic Psychology/Criminal Justice – Program Features

Project-Based Learning

Internships, undergraduate research, and the integration of psychology and criminal justice provide the foundation for the Forensic Psychology/Criminal Justice major.

Experiential education through internships is an invaluable way to gain experience in your chosen field. It is also an outstanding opportunity to serve the local community. As part of the Forensic Psychology/ Criminal Justice major, you will complete at least 150 hours in an internship, generally in the St. Louis region. Students gain experience in areas as broad as probation, neuropsychology, assisted living, working with children in a wide range of contexts, working with individuals with mental illness,substance use/abuse, and the Secret Service, just to name a few.

Maryville University provides opportunities for undergraduate student research. Generally, a student joins a faculty member and a team of students working on an existing or new research project, or students engage in an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member. Both options provide an unparalleled educational opportunity to truly understand how the science of psychology and criminal justice grows.

Professional Partnerships

Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few. Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.