Criminal Justice

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    Our students work in many different settings and roles. Your Criminal Justice degree will open many professional doors. Learn more


    In addition to your classroom work, you will have opportunities to pursue internships in local organizations. Learn more


    Many criminal justice-related undergraduates have gone on to graduate programs in sociology, criminal justice, social work, law school and public policy. Learn more

  • Criminal Justice Major

    Are you interested in the justice part of Criminal Justice? Do you want to right wrongs, affect change, fight for victims' rights, and advocate for a justice system that is fairer and more inclusive?

    If you answered yes, then Carlow's Criminal Justice major may be a great fit for you, fulfilling your academic and career goals! Grounded in sociological concepts of family, community, and society, as a Criminal Justice major you will learn where, how, and why crimes affect individuals, families, and societies and how you can help to change those dynamics. Many Criminal Justice majors pair their studies with minors in pre-law, counseling, or crisis and trauma.

    Why study criminal justice at Carlow? 

    • Flexible options for degree completion for non-traditional students & students outside of the region
    • On-site and “virtual” internship opportunities
    • Qualified students may participate in:
      • Early enrollment in Carlow’s MBA & Masters of Fraud & Forensics (MFF) 
      • Early assurance admissions, some with financial awards, to graduate programs in public policy, international affairs, information management, and law with universities in the surrounding area   

    What is criminal justice?

    Criminal justice is the study of the causes and prevention of criminal behaviors. Criminal justice explores crime as a social phenomenon by studying how laws are created, why laws are broken, and society’s attitudes towards those who break the law.  Carlow’s program incorporates courses in criminal justice management, fraud and cyber-security, and restorative justice.  The program, grounded in the Mercy mission of creating a more just and merciful world, trains students in areas such as mediation, victim advocacy, and restorative practices.  Faculty teach, conduct research, and consult in areas of law enforcement, cyber-crime, forensic science, terrorism, and victims’ rights.  Students who complete the program in criminal justice will be positioned for various careers in the fields of law and criminal justice.

    NOTE: The Criminal Justice major is a new major, formerly known as a major in Sociology with a concentration in criminal justice.