BISMARCK, ND — Those wishing to pursue a values-based degree in psychology or criminal justice can now do so online at the University of Mary. The Catholic university already delivers both of these popular degrees on-site. Mary began offering the online platform for psychology this current fall semester, 2016 and criminal justice the upcoming spring semester, 2017—both within the Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

psychology-for-webMany people, for generations in fact, believe a PhD is needed in order to do anything in psychology. Don’t tell that to the current generation of college students who, according to several recent national surveys, are proudly dispelling that misperception and moving into psychology. In today’s world a bachelor’s degree in psychology is very appealing to students because of the diverse field it has become as it leads to many multifaceted careers.

Statistics cited by show some of the top areas of employment for psychology majors include sales, advertising, management, marketing, human resources and business administration. The largest specialty area for psychologists is clinical psychology at 37 percent. Other specialty areas include social/personality psychology, school psychology, educational psychology, cognitive psychology and experimental psychology. According to Occupational Outlook Handbook, more than 34 percent of psychologists were self-employed in 2010.

“At the University of Mary we understand that today’s psychology degree is very, very adaptable to so many career fields, so now we want to make sure that it is not only available in the traditional on-site manner but also on the online platform,” said Rachael Brash, director of Graduate and Distance Admissions.

Another versatile degree in great demand is criminal justice. It’s a pathway to careers in state and local law enforcement, security, federal government, corrections, forensics, courtrooms and law firms, higher education and many other industries.

criminal-justice-online-for-webJust as community is at the core of America’s livelihood it is at the center of University of Mary’s mission as one of six Benedictine values adopted by its founders, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery. So it is no surprise that community is at the crux of Mary’s criminal justice program currently offered on-site and soon to be online starting in January 2017.

This online degree completion program is designed primarily for professionals who already have a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree and desire a richer career within the field of criminal justice. The ideal student is an adult looking to transition to a new career field with significant interest in bettering their communities, says Dr. Chad Litton, professor and chair of the Criminal Justice Program in the Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Mary.

“The University of Mary realizes that there are a number of adult students who are seeking to make a change not only in their lives but in their communities and this program allows the University of Mary to serve these needs in a more direct way for people outside of our immediate region,” added Litton. “We believe that the added dimensions of peace and justice that are the focus of the University of Mary criminal justice program enhance a typical criminal justice degree because of our ability to focus not only on the best practices and most current research in the criminal justice field, but also on the type of community that is envisioned by our founding and sponsoring community—the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery.”

Hospitality, service, and respect for persons are other Benedictine values that go hand in hand with the communication skills and leadership needed for law enforcement but also the many other careers that make up the broad spectrum of criminal justice fields.

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