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.

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