A Growing Field
Here, you'll join a vibrant and growing learning community dedicated to serving the needs of its students, the state of South Carolina and society at large. Students completing our undergraduate degree program will be prepared to enter their careers or continue their studies at the graduate level.
Nationally Recognized Faculty
We offer three graduate degrees, including a master’s, doctorate or a dual master’s and juris doctor degrees in conjunction with the USC School of Law. Graduates of these programs will be prepared to continue in the world of academics or begin their careers.
Bolster A Different Degree
The Criminology and Criminal Justice program intersects with a wide range of degrees outside of our department. Students interested in sociology, law, education, political science and many others will benefit from taking our courses.
In our undergraduate program, students will gain skills for careers in various aspects of the criminal justice system. Possibilities include law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, victim services, and crime/intelligence analysis at the local, state and federal levels.
You’ll develop strong communication and writing skills as you explore and research ideas such as criminology, criminal justice systems, victimology and diversity in criminal justice. You'll graduate with a strong foundation in the social and behavioral sciences and be prepared for leadership or policy positions in public and private agencies or for continued study in graduate or law school.
Criminal Justice Minor
Students majoring in sociology, psychology, and political science (particularly those interested in public administration) will find this to be an attractive minor.
Beyond the Classroom
As a student in our department, you will have the opportunity to join different student organizations, as well as participate in a challenging and fulfilling internship, or mentor at-risk adolescents.
At the graduate level, students have the opportunity to pursue a master's, Ph.D. or a dual master’s and Juris Doctor program. You'll receive rigorous training in a research-intensive atmosphere. You can work with faculty who specialize in a wide range of research topics including policing, criminological theory, corrections, courts, juvenile justice, mental health, law and race and gender intersectionality in the justice system, among others.
Along with our nationally recognized faculty, you can be actively involved in research partnerships with local, state and federal agencies and develop skills that will help you advance as a practitioner and researcher.
A background in criminology and criminal justice prepares you for many different career paths. Whether you want to work in law enforcement, homeland security, court administration, corrections, the non-profit sector, private security or law, you’ll come away from the criminal justice program with knowledge and experience to pursue your interests. And we keep tabs on new positions in academic and practitioner fields to provide you with current career opportunities.