Understand why people break the law and the reasons for their behavior

With a bachelor’s in Criminology,  you will learn the nature of crime and the effectiveness and fairness of society’s efforts to prevent and control it.

You will 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. You will train to become an agent of change by developing critical thinking skills through problem-based learning in order to impact  the fields relevant to criminology professionals regardless of setting.

A psychology concentration is embedded within the program to ensure that you have the knowledge relevant to direct-practice professions in the field. This emphasis on psychology will help you develop an awareness of the critical role mental health plays in criminal behavior. 

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Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Criminology major curriculum

Carlow University’s major in Criminology focuses on prevention and remediation strategies. Notable courses include Crime and Mental Health and Race, Class and Justice.

Quick facts

  • Pair studies with additional minors in Pre-Law, Counseling, or Crisis and Trauma
  • Enjoy flexible options for degree completion for non-traditional students and those outside of the region
  • Benefit from internship opportunities
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Alternate degree completion options

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

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 Criminology graduates

Criminology graduates are prepared for careers in local, federal and international law enforcement, adult and juvenile corrections and probation, and prevention and rehabilitation services. Many students pursue psychology and criminal justice-related graduate programs and law school. 

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

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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.

A program focused on social justice: PsyD in Counseling Psychology

You’ll learn to promote psychological good health in individuals, couples, families and larger social systems with Carlow’s doctor of psychology program. Through the lens of social justice, you’ll learn about the relationship between psychological distress and broader institutionalized social realities, and how to intervene accordingly. 

The program is dedicated to training practitioners who are sensitive to the needs of under-served populations and who possess knowledge and skills relevant to human diversity.

BestCounselingDegrees.net identifies Carlow as having one of the top 50 doctoral programs in counseling psychology in a ranking based on APA accreditation, EPPP pass rate, amount of time to complete the program, tuition and licensure percentages.

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Credits required: 

93 credits

Cost per credit:

$1,091/credit

Time to degree: 

As few as 48 months

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Doctor of psychology curriculum 

The PsyD in Counseling Psychology requires roughly four years of full-time academic study beyond the master’s degree. Three years are dedicated to coursework including advanced practicums and progress in the preliminary stages of the practice-oriented dissertation. The final year is reserved for defense of the dissertation and completion of a yearlong, full-time internship.

You’ll take standard counseling courses like psychometrics, personality assessment and counseling theory, plus classes on social justice and feminism, skills for a culturally sensitive practice, and an overview of the latest ethical and legal issues in the field. Practicums and internships are completed in the Pittsburgh region.

Practicum placements are available at nationally recognized medical hospitals, university counseling centers, community mental health agencies and rural practices in the Pittsburgh region. 

Quick facts

  • Enroll in a top-50 doctoral program
  • Learn through emphasis on social justice values
  • Take advantage of practicum relationships with agencies in the Pittsburgh region
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Career opportunities for doctor of psychology

Counseling psychologists work in private practice, community agencies and college counseling centers and in research positions. Others work as part of a team, collaborating with physicians and social workers, or in school settings working with students, teachers, parents and other educators. 

Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 19% from 2014 to 2024, 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.

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Accreditation

Carlow University’s doctoral program in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) has had its accreditation reaffirmed by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Commission on Accreditation. The next site visit to be made by the commission will be in 2028.

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Level up your skill

PsyD student Shaun Mewes ’24 came to Carlow to take his understanding and skill as a practitioner to the next level. “No matter my initial skill in a given area, my professors continue to challenge me and give me the tools to be the best practitioner I am able to be. Because of the faculty in Carlow’s PsyD program, I’ve been able to clarify my goals as both a professional and a scholar. I have full confidence Carlow is equipping me to be successful in every step on my way to becoming a licensed psychologist.”

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Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Admission requirements and application process 

The graduate program admissions process happens on a rolling basis. You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Two essays: one personal and one reflective
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals (i.e., academics and practitioners) who can address the applicant’s suitability for doctoral study. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit letters from those that have doctoral degrees. Still, it is expected that some letters from practitioners may be best addressed by those with Master’s degrees in a clinical field that have supervised the applicant.
Apply by:

January 7

Start term:

Fall

An undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred. 

The program director will schedule an interview with qualified applicants.

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Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Graduate as a competitive candidate

Counseling Psychologist Anna Mokry ’21 is grateful for Carlow’s doctoral program because she graduated with personally curated experiences and training. “I was able to gain clinical experience from three completely different sites. This prepared me to be a competitive candidate when applying for internship and post-doctoral positions. It was really important to me to not feel boxed into predetermined clinical spaces, where I did not have a say over where and what I learned.”

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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.

Learn about crime theory with a minor in Criminology

If you are interested in studying issues such as the systems and administration of justice, crime theory, and the intersection of mental health and deviant behaviors, you can elect to minor in Criminology.

In this scientific study of crime and criminals, you will examine why crime exists,  its effects on society and the environment, and how to prevent or reduce criminal activity.

Criminology minor curriculum

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

Required courses include:

  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • 4 criminology electives

Earn a certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Carlow’s drug and alcohol counseling certificate is a three-course sequence for new as well as veteran clinicians who want to enhance their knowledge and understanding of addictions. You’ll build the foundation for competency in drug and alcohol counseling through three online courses. You’ll earn required licensure Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or you can apply the credits to a graduate program.

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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: 

12 credits

Cost per credit: 

$929/credit

Time to completion:

As few as 3 semesters

Delivery:

100% online

Curriculum for drug and alcohol counseling certificate

The three certificate courses are Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling Theories and Interventions, and Co-occurring Disorders: Counseling Clients with Substance Abuse and Psychiatric Disorders.

Quick facts

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Apply earned credits toward a master’s or doctoral degree
  • Gain required CEUs for licensure
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Career opportunities for Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Employment of substance abuse and mental health counselors is projected to grow 25% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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
  • 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 and graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

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Learn fraud prevention, fully online: MS in Fraud and Forensics

Acquire in-demand, up-to-date skills in Carlow University’s IACBE-accredited online Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the program is consistently ranked as one of the top forensic accounting programs.

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Accreditation

The College of Arts and Sciences Department of Business Management, Accounting, and Ethics at Carlow University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

For a list of accredited programs and retention information, see Accreditations.

Learn to understand the relationship between brain and behavior

The neuropsychology program will give you new insights into how the brain thinks, reasons, formulates and processes.

You will prepare to work in neuropsychology and clinical psychology, where neuropsychological assessments are an important part of clinical work. With the behavioral neuroscience degree, you will gain knowledge of the biological and physiological mechanisms that drive the nervous system and better understand the relationship between the brain and behavior.

The Behavioral Neuroscience major is an interdisciplinary program that builds on the strengths of Carlow University’s biology, psychology and chemistry programs.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Neuroscience degree curriculum

Carlow’s neuroscience program allows undergraduates to take courses in neuropsychology as well as to learn under scholar-practitioners. The curriculum includes a genetics course in which students investigate the maintenance, inheritance, transfer and expression of genetic information at the molecular, cellular, organismal and population levels. The cognitive psychology course explores its basic concepts and contemporary topics, such as will perception, attention, pattern recognition, consciousness, memory, the representation of knowledge, language, cognitive development, thinking and artificial intelligence.

Quick facts

  • Gain hands-on learning experiences
  • Leverage Carlow’s relationships with nearby research centers 
  • Be prepared for graduate work in psychology and neuropsychology
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Alternate degree completion option

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.

Career opportunities for neuropsychology

Graduates often find jobs assisting in mental health settings, such as psychiatric technicians. They also prepare for training that can ultimately lead to a career in clinical psychology.

Jobs in this profession are expected to grow about 3% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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

Behavioral Neuroscience 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.

Earn your graduate certificate in forensic accounting online

You can pursue a new career or seek promotion in the field with a graduate certificate in fraud and forensics. The program combines case-based learning with top anti-fraud resources from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) to help prepare you to investigate, remediate and prevent fraud.

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Credits required:

11 credits

Cost per credit:

$929/credit

Time to completion:

As few as 2 semesters

Delivery: 

100% Online

Forensic accounting certificate curriculum

You will learn key strategies to minimize fraud, build an understanding of required personal ethics and hone the skill of financial statement examination. Courses include lectures and videos from experts in the forensic accounting field.

Upon completion, you will be prepared to pursue ACFE certification. Credits earned in this certificate program can be used toward a master’s in fraud and forensics.

Quick Facts

  • Learn through case-based learning
  • Be prepared for ACFE certification

Career opportunities for forensic accounting 

Heightened awareness and growing intolerance of fraudulent activity has increased demand for forensic accountants, according to the ACFE. Once certified, forensic accountants can hold positions in governmental departments, accounting firms, corporate security and risk management, and law firms. 

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
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this certificate program, 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 neuroscience

You can expand your physical science major with a minor in neuroscience. You will study how the functions and mechanisms of the nervous system affect behavior in animals and humans in conjunction with your major studies in biology, chemistry or psychology.

Behavioral Neuroscience Minor curriculum

This minor is designed for students not majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and is open to any major. A minimum of 21 credits is required;10 must be taken at Carlow University.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Foundations of Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurophysiology

Prepare for graduate and professional study of law

With the Pre-Law minor, you will prepare for the rigors of graduate or professional education by enhancing skills in analytical reasoning, critical reading and effective communication. You will be ready for success in graduate studies or law school, and for a variety of careers in addition to law. The minor is a valuable addition to students in any major.

Pre-Law minor curriculum

The selection of required and elective courses for this multidisciplinary minor is based on recommendations established by the Association of American Law Schools. You will be required to take courses in American constitutional law and persuasion and a writing course.

Required Courses

  • American Constitutional Law
  • Persuasion
  • A writing course
  • 3 electives

Earn a Bachelor’s degree in Communication while focusing on your social change interests

You have seen the world change so much in such a short amount of time: climate change, human rights violations and wealth inequality, to name a few. You feel the need to help. With our social change degree, you can explore critical social justice issues and learn the communication skills necessary for social advocacy work. 

This communication degree can be tailored to your specific interests in social justice, positioning you to make a difference and create change at the local, state and federal levels.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Social advocacy curriculum

The social advocacy curriculum includes in-person and online courses. In addition to your communication courses, political science and social work courses are included in the curriculum to help you develop your understanding of how communication relates to social policy and advocacy. You will have the opportunity to focus your social change degree on specific interest areas including poverty, education equality and health care. 

With access to Carlow’s Hopkins Communication Lab, you will gain critical learning experiences, develop and practice professional presentations, and perform research. 

Hands-on experience includes the Youth Media Advocacy Project, an organization that empowers middle and high school students in the community to develop communication advocacy campaigns.

Quick facts

  • Courses offered in-person and online for a hybrid model
  • Focus on your social justice interests
  • Access to our communications lab
  • Hands-on experience with the Youth Media Advocacy Project
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Career opportunities for communications

Students with a communications degree can work in an array of media and communication occupations such as a public relations specialist, a reporter or specialized areas of communications outreach for an organization.  

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in media and communications occupations is projected to grow four percent from 2019 to 2029. The public relations specialists job market is expected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029. This growth is largely driven by organizations’ need to develop their public image.

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 Admission.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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