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PhD in Psychology, Public Policy and Law Curriculum


Curriculum Plan (2021 – 2022)

Please note that there may be other requirements for completion or options for elective and specialized courses. Please see the academic catalog for the full curriculum. Course offerings and sequence are subject to change.

  • 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


Emphasis/Concentration Requirements

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 VictimologyPrevention 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 and Offenders
  • Investigative Psychology and Criminal Profiling
  • Targeted Violence and 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.


Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. We offer an education that is accredited, focused on practical knowledge and skills, connected with diverse faculty and alumni, and aimed at the student experience.

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CSFS is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence. CSFS is a corporate partner of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), and many of our advanced practice certificates are eligible for continuing education credit.



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