Criminal justice is a major within the Justice Studies Department. The major is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the nature of crime and the effectiveness and fairness of society’s efforts to prevent and to control it. Students engage in a cross-disciplinary approach to the study of crime, offenders, and victims, as well as the agencies, laws, policies, and processes of the criminal justice system. The major emphasizes critical thinking about the types of questions and problems in the areas of administration of justice, criminology, domestic and global security, fraud, and the special challenges of cyber-crimes. Department faculty research and teach about important topics of concern to criminal justice professionals, such as: cyber-crime, fraud, and the impact of crime on juvenile and adult offenders.

Criminal justice graduates are admitted to law school, graduate programs, and are prepared for careers in domestic and international law enforcement and security, adult and juvenile corrections, and corporate investigative work.


  • 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

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.


Where Our Grads Go 

Below are some of the career paths you may consider as with a Criminal Justice degree. We're only scratching the surface of opportunities available:


Combining sociology and criminal justice, career paths available in the criminology field include: criminologist, forensic psychologist, or penologist. 


Through the lens of social justice, you may find a career in criminal justice by working in the courts system as a: bailiff, court clerk, judge*, attorney*, or law librarian.


Professionals in law enforcement may work as uniformed officers, investigators, or in support roles in various agencies. Some of the jobs in this area include: forensic accountant*, CIA agent, computer forensics*, counter terrorism expert, crime scene investigator, FBI agent, compliance officer, IRS agent, cyber security expert, or immigration agent, to name just a handful.


Enforcement of punishments along with rehabilitation of criminals is another area you may pursue with a Criminal Justice degree. Some of the positions you could hold, include: corrections officers, juvenile probation counselor, correctional treatment specialist, probation officer, or substance abuse counselor.

*May require additional and/or advanced degree work.
 This is just a sample where our graduates are working


If you'd like to learn more about our Criminal Justice program, let us know!