I know many people who like True Crime have wondered or yearned to be in the position of the detective, criminal investigator, or in the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit. Well, it’s not easy, but it’s not impossible either.
I’m about to be a graduate from the Florida Institute of Technology with a BA in Forensic Psychology. Now, there are a lot of misconceptions about forensic psychology. According to the American Psychological Association, forensic psychology is the application of clinical specialties to the legal arena. However, Criminal Minds and other similar shows have painted forensic psychology to be criminal investigation. While my dream is to become one of those criminal investigators, or better yet, psychoanalyzing serial killers and other convicts, I have to start somewhere.
As a forensic psychology major, you get to take classes such as Law and Psychology, Victim Studies and Advocacy, Forensic Clinical Psychology, Integrated Theories of Crime, and many more classes on mental disorders and substance use. One of my Professors explained to me that there are two sides of forensic psychology: the legal side and the clinical side. Personally, I find the legal side more appealing as you can become an expert witness in court and deem a person sane or insane.
If you share the same dream as me, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. I plan to work towards a Masters in Criminology or Criminal Justice after I finish my bachelor’s in order to get myself on the right track. I believe forensic psychology has set me up for success, as it has provided a background on criminal behavior, social issues, psychological assessments, and knowledge of the law.