Help people in social service and mental health settings

You will develop a scientific approach to the study of human behavior and experience in Carlow University’s psychology counseling degree program. The Psychology major with a concentration in counseling will give you the pre-professional knowledge and skills needed to help people in a variety of social service and mental health settings, such as therapeutic activities, rehabilitation, casework, child care and service coordination.

Counselors help people with personal, family, educational, mental health, substance abuse and career issues so that they can lead healthier and more productive lives.

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Professor Monique Hockman works with students, including Mary Opipery, left, (Class of ’22, biology)and Kinzie Walker (Class of ’22, biologry/perfusion) as they do redox titrations to determine the chemical composition of synthesized salt during a general chemistry II lab, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in AJ Palumbo Hall. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)
Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Psychology counseling degree curriculum

This track will acquaint you with pre-professional-level counselor training. You will satisfy the regular requirements for the psychology major plus complete at least 12 credits in counseling. You can complete an internship at a local facility or conduct field research. 

Graduate-level training is required before becoming a professional counselor.

Quick facts

  • Gain real-world career experience with an internship
  • Collaborate with faculty on research
  • Prepare for an in-demand career
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Spirit Ambassador Nathan Lukac (Class of ’23, nursing), outside the University Commons, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow Carlow University)

Alternate Degree Placeholder Title

3-Year Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree in three years by following a 3-year academic plan. Courses are taken across fall, spring and summer terms with summer courses completely online. When applying, indicate your interest in the 3-Year Degree option.

Accelerated

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for a counseling degree

Employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors is projected to grow 25% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects should be best for those with a doctoral degree in an applied specialty.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Psychology faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Learn how children grow and evolve

You will develop a scientific approach to the study of human behavior and experience in Carlow University’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program. As a Child Development Psychology major, you will investigate the biological, behavioral, emotional, cognitive and social factors that shape how humans grow and change. This concentration is helpful if you wish to pursue employment or graduate training in developmental psychology, counseling and fields in which additional knowledge of children’s growth and development is helpful.

By the end of the program, you will be ready to enter training in social service and mental health programs in areas such as therapeutic activities, rehabilitation, casework, child care work and service coordination.

The program provides a foundation for graduate study in psychology and counseling but can be a path to other careers. You can go on to law school or graduate school or work in business, education or other fields.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

BA Psychology curriculum

In the Child Development Psychology major you must satisfy the regular requirements for the major and complete at least 9 credits in human development. You can complete an internship at a local facility or conduct field research. 

Quick facts

  • Dig deeper in the study of children’s growth
  • Collaborate with faculty on research
  • Gain real-world career experience with an internship
Young children sit on the floor for a child development class.
Nursing students Julianna Mamajek and Alysa Fairman (Class of ’21) do a safety presentation for students at the Campus Lab School on Carlow University’s campus, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. The nursing students take about the five senses as they presentated safety information to students, This is part of their pediatric clinical rotation. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

Alternate degree completion options

3-Year Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree in three years by following a 3-year academic plan. Courses are taken across fall, spring and summer terms with summer courses completely online. When applying, indicate your interest in the 3-Year Degree option.

Accelerated

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Child Development Psychology major

Jobs you might consider with a Child Development Psychology major are child psychologist, career counselor, psychiatric technician, rehabilitation specialist or case manager. As noted on CareerProfiles.com, these jobs require skills a bachelor’s degree in Psychology provides, such as the ability to evaluate the needs of a client, keep accurate and organized records, express empathy and compassion, and work toward the best interests of clients.

Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 3% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects should be best for those who have a doctoral degree in an applied specialty.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Psychology faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Prepare to work in cardiac surgery with a MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion

Carlow’s MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion will equip you to pursue a career in a much-needed medical specialty. The rigorous science curriculum will give you a thorough education on the cardiovascular system, perfusion, hematology, surgery, pulmonary anatomy,  pathology and more.

You will learn to prepare the cardiopulmonary bypass and auxiliary equipment used during surgery, as well as the principles and practices of clinical perfusion management.

You will learn the skills needed to oversee the function of the heart and/or lungs during medical procedures and how to administer heart-stopping drugs, monitor the physiological and metabolic demands of patients, and operate equipment during open-heart surgery.

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In Grace Library, spanning the third and fourth floor of the University Commons, there are numerous quiet spaces and study rooms for individuals and groups to use.
Credits required:

60 credits

Cost per credit:

$902/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 20 months

Delivery:

On campus, some online

MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion curriculum

The MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion program is offered in cooperation with the UPMC School of Cardiovascular Perfusion. 

Courses cover biological, chemical and physical topics pertaining to the cardiovascular system and include Introduction to Cardiovascular Surgery, Electrophysiology, and Perfusion Procedures — Clinical II/Clinical II Continued.

Quick facts

  • Complete 18 months of clinical training at UPMC School of Cardiovascular Perfusion
  • Study in one of the oldest cardiovascular perfusion programs in the United States
  • Sit for the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) Perfusion Basic Science Examination (PBSE) upon graduation
Spirit Ambassador Josh Carlson( Class of ’21, bio profusion), outside the University Commons, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

Career opportunities for cardiovascular perfusionists

Most perfusionists work in medical operating rooms. With the MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion, job opportunities include educators and managers within departments of perfusion, or researchers and workers for perfusion equipment manufacturers.

The American Society for Extracorporeal Technology expects hospitals to hire more perfusionists in coming years to compensate for the aging American population.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Proof of job shadowing (include place, date, number of hours, type of procedure observed, printed name and signature of perfusionist)
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher is required, as is a 3.5 GPA in the sciences (no exceptions). 

Students must have the following prerequisites completed in order to be considered for the program:

  • General Biology I and II, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Physics I and II, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Calculus and Medical Ethics

Cardiovascular Perfusion faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Find your social and behavioral sciences degrees at Carlow 

Carlow University offers a variety of social and behavioral science degree programs to prepare you for a career in social work or counseling. You will develop social work skills that can be translated into practice with individuals, families, organizations and communities, and learn the theories of human behavior related to how personality, environment and culture interact with one another to shape an individual.

Minor in Behavioral Health

In the Behavioral Health minor program, you will learn about the social work profession as you study the connection between behaviors and mental and physical well-being. You will learn how to develop cultural competence in working with diverse populations, explore the individual and community context of behavioral health, and learn about case management.

The minor is open to all majors. It particularly benefits students who pursue careers in social and behavioral sciences, political science, psychology, anthropology and sociology.

A Behavioral Health minor enriches all career choices. With this minor, you will be prepared to work in behavioral health organizations and in settings where behavioral health impacts clients and communities, such as in health care, education, criminal justice and advocacy.

Behavioral Health Minor curriculum

The minor required 18 credits. Two elective courses focus on topics such as practice with groups and families, crisis intervention and substance abuse. The forensic context will further prepare you to work in these areas.

Courses include:

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Cultural Awareness for Human Service Personnel
  • Social Work with Individuals

Understanding humanity: History minor

You can supplement your interest in learning about the past with a History minor. You will uncover the value of history through research of recorded events, analysis of patterns and critical thinking in order to present the past, better understand contemporary problems and predict future challenges.
A minor in History is a perfect addition to comprehensive Liberal Studies and English majors.

History minor curriculum

This minor is open to any major. A minimum of 18 credits is required.

You will choose from the following courses:

  • World Culture
  • History of the United States to 1865
  • History of the United States since 1865
  • Introduction to United States Labor History
  • Western Culture
  • Irish-American History
  • Boy Cultures
  • African-American History
  • American Constitutional History
  • Visions of the Future: Utopia/Dystopia/Science Fiction
  • Multiculturalism in U.S. History
  • Popular Culture
  • Girl Cultures

Dig into life’s important questions with a Philosophy minor

Studying for a philosophy minor, you will examine and ask the largest and most important of human questions concerning life and the nature of the universe. You will immerse yourself in a critical study of past and present systems of philosophic thought and learn to investigate the truths and principles pertaining to the nature of existence, knowledge, values and conduct. 

With its emphasis on language skills, critical thinking and abstract reasoning, the Philosophy minor has numerous practical applications. It complements majors such as Psychology or Education, and students majoring in Liberal Studies will find the Philosophy minor a superb addition to their other minors.

Philosophy minor curriculum

The minor requires 15 credits, including five courses in philosophy.

Your gateway to careers in law, government and non-profits

With the Political Science major from Carlow University, you will explore questions about power: What it is, where does it come from, who exercises it, and how it is legitimized and challenged?

You will study governments, public policy and the political behavior of individuals and institutions. You will consider issues of control, freedom, gender and influence as you study and assess the manner in which power and authority have impacted the development and organization of societies, relations between and among nations, and the management of war and conflict. 

A degree  in Political Science provides you with a solid grasp of the American political system and other political systems within the context of global forces, international conflicts, social movements, ideological systems and diversity.

Three students look at a computer screen. One is pointing. They are all smiling.
Degree:

Bachelor of  Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Political Science major curriculum

To complete a bachelor’s in political science, you will take courses in each of the four subfields of the discipline: American government, political theory, international relations and comparative politics; two courses in research methods; and a capstone project. Courses emphasize reflection, discussion, deliberation and intensive interactions between faculty members and students.

As a Political Science major you will complete foundational courses, a research methods sequence and 9 credits of elective courses in the discipline

Carlow’s political science program participates in the 3/3 BA/JD programs with the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University Schools of Law and the Early Assurance Program with the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and  International Affairs.

Quick Facts

  • Study American politics, comparative politics and international relations
  • Engage in discourse regarding the core political science concepts, organizations and models
  • Employ both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine relevant issues
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Alternate degree completion options

3-Year Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree in three years by following a 3-year academic plan. Courses are taken across fall, spring and summer terms with summer courses completely online. When applying, indicate your interest in the 3-Year Degree option.

Accelerated

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Political Science majors

The Political Science major prepares students for a wide range of careers in federal, state and local governments, law, business, international organizations, nonprofit associations and organizations, campaign management and polling, journalism, pre-collegiate education, electoral politics, research, and university and college teaching. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects political scientists will hold about 6,000 jobs in 2024. The industries that employed the most political scientists in 2014 were the federal government (excluding the U.S. Postal Service), professional, scientific and technical services, and state, local and private educational services.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Political Science faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Minor in Political Science

You will delve into government relations, advocacy, journalism, intelligence, international relations and lobbying in the vast world of politics when you minor in Political Science.

You will expand and deepen your knowledge of American government, comparative politics, social theory and other aspects of the discipline. You will benefit from increased engagement with and understanding of emerging real-world issues that affect society’s greatest challenges, including energy, globalization, health care, conflict resolution, science and technology policy, and public-private collaboration.

Political Science minor curriculum

This minor is designed for students interested in studying institutional and policy responses to domestic or international problems, or the political behavior of individuals and groups, and is open to any major. A minimum of 18 credits and a capstone internship or project are required; 12 credits must be completed at Carlow.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to American Politics
  • History of Political Thought
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • 3 political science electives

Improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree at Carlow University is designed to provide you with an understanding of human nature and cultural diversity. As a student in the program, you will participate in a one-year, agency-based field placement, a corresponding classroom seminar, and at least 100 hours of volunteer service. This will equip you with the hands-on experience you need to work through upper-level coursework and graduate with real-world experience. 

The program is concentrated in social work theory and practice with a foundation of liberal arts studies. Throughout the curriculum, you will develop entry-level social work skills that can be translated into practice with individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

A group of college students sit outside the library. Some are on laptops and some are reading books.
Professor Monique Hockman works with students, including Mary Opipery, left, (Class of ’22, biology)and Kinzie Walker (Class of ’22, biologry/perfusion) as they do redox titrations to determine the chemical composition of synthesized salt during a general chemistry II lab, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in AJ Palumbo Hall. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)
Degree:

BSW

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Social work curriculum 

The social work curriculum includes:

  • Introduction to social work and social welfare
  • Theories and methods of practice
  • Human behavior and the social environment
  • Communities and organizations
  • Cultural awareness
  • Social work with individuals, families and groups
  • Research methods

Upon completion of selected courses, social work majors must proceed with an application process into the upper-level social work requirements. This process must be completed prior to registering for field placement. Every social work major is required to participate in a 500-hour agency-based field placement, as well as a corresponding classroom seminar.

Additional information is available in the University’s course catalog.

Quick facts

  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Experienced professors who continue to practice social work in their areas of expertise
  • Concentration in Crisis and Trauma
  • Minors offered in Behavioral Health and Crisis and Trauma
Brandi Robinson (Class of ’21, social work) and other students listen during the “social work with groups” class led by Dr. Earl Smith, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

Alternate degree completion options

3-Year Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree in three years by following a 3-year academic plan. Courses are taken across fall, spring and summer terms with summer courses completely online. When applying, indicate your interest in the 3-Year Degree option.

Accelerated

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Social work majors

Graduates find jobs as social workers, individual case managers, support group facilitators, victim advocates, child and family advocates, protective service workers, disability and aging advocates, residential case managers, and social services coordinators/administrators/directors.

Increased demand for health care and social services will continue to fuel the need for this occupation.

View the professional licensure disclosure for this program.

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Accreditation

The Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet them. CSWE administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and reviews. Carlow University’s next accreditation visit will be in 2028.

Resources

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Social Work faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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