PhD in Psychology, Public Policy and Law Curriculum


Curriculum Plan (2020–2021)

Please note that there may be other requirements for completion or options for elective and specialized courses; see our academic catalog for the full curriculum. Course offerings and sequence are subject to change. Courses follow an eight-week calendar.

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Psychopathology and Abnormal Behavior
  • Psychology and Law in Public Policy
  • Legal Research
  • Psychology and Law in the Media
  • Statistics I
  • Civil Law and Justice
  • Statistics II
  • Dissertation I
  • Criminal Law and the Justice System
  • Victimology
  • Dissertation II
  • Neurocriminology
  • Forensics in a Global Context
  • Dissertation III
  • Forensic Consulting
  • Forensic Program Evaluation
  • Dissertation IV
  • Concentration Course
  • Concentration Course
  • Dissertation V
  • Concentration Course
  • Concentration Course
  • Dissertation VI
  • Concentration Course
  • Concentration Course
  • Dissertation VII


Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies

  • Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Conflict and Crisis Negotiation
  • Fundamentals of Mediation
  • Religion, Politics and International Conflict
  • Trauma and Peace Building
  • Capstone Project

Disaster Planning and Management

  • Fundamentals of Forensic VictimologyPrevention and Safety Planning
  • Investigation
  • Mass Casualty and Disaster Contexts
  • Research in Disaster Planning and Management
  • Capstone Project

Criminal Behavior

  • Mass, Serial and Pattern Criminals
  • Sex Crimes & Offenders
  • Investigative Psychology and Criminal Profiling
  • Targeted Violence & Threat Assessment
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Capstone Project

Practical Situational Awareness

  • Introduction to Behavior Analysis
  • Decision-Making in Complex Situations
  • Biopsychosocial Elements of Stress Responses
  • The Fundamentals of Threat Assessment
  • Contemporary Threat Management
  • Capstone Project

Note: Students from all concentrations join in a residency lab where they present a project (case study, program evaluation, etc.) to demonstrate practice skills.

Instruction may be provided on-ground, online or in hybrid modalities, and varies by program. For on-ground and hybrid programs, instruction is primarily provided at an Alliant campus; however, some instructional activities may take place off campus at a location appropriate for the particular activity, including, but not limited to, online courses or online portion of courses, internships, practicums, or field placement activities.

For online programs, instruction is provided online; however, some programs may include an in-person residency requirement at one of Alliant’s campuses. Additional instructional activities, including, but not limited to internships, practicums, or field placement activities may take place at a location appropriate for the particular activity.


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