Fight crime and work for justice by collecting, processing, analyzing and reporting on evidence from a crime scene.
The investigative forensics minor gives students the chance to consider a career in fields related or attached to the civil and criminal court systems. It also deepens their understanding of how evidence is collected, examined, studied and used, through the lens of different academic disciplines, including chemistry, psychology and communication studies.
Forensics students train analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to tackle real problems. They assess evidence without bias, and document their own lab findings precisely and systematically. Investigative forensics students understand how the larger society reacts to crime based on the crime’s time and place. Knowing that crime doesn’t occur in a vacuum, they collaborate across the liberating arts to come to a complete picture.
Use evidence to find the truth
With a base in investigative forensics, our courses teach students how to read and write detailed reports, weigh in on a situation impartially and objectively, and understand motive. These skills can be applied to any career path, but notable options include investigative journalism, public defense, and security and loss prevention.
Investigative forensics pairs well with a major in chemistry, but might also be a fit for students interested in art, psychology, communication studies or biology.