Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2017-30
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair
Date of First Reading: November 28, 2016
Date of Second Reading: January 30, 2017
Title of Motion: Request from the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences – School of Social and Behavioral Sciences – for the establishment of a graduate degree – Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The Master of Science in Forensic Psychology program is proposed to be offered via ASU Online / EdPlus. Forensic Psychology, is a subfield of psychology that deals with the intersection of psychology and the law. In common academic usage “Forensic Psychology” most typically refers to the application of clinical psychology to the evaluation of individuals who are somehow involved in a legal proceeding (for example, assessing the mental capacity of an individual who is accused of a crime). This program is designed to provide working professionals with an understanding of mental health issues and human behavior with respect to crime and the criminal justice / legal system.