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College of Arts and Sciences

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology is the study of crime and criminals, and also of institutions and systems established to deal with criminal offenders.

The Criminology and Criminal Justice program at the University of South Carolina is grounded in research methods and criminological theory, and focuses on the causes of, and societal responses to, crime and deviant behavior.   Our professors actively engage in research with criminal justice agencies in South Carolina as well as those in other states and countries, bringing real-world knowledge and experience into the classroom. 

The program of study for the B.A. degree has a strong research emphasis and encourages volunteer work and involvement in the criminal justice field a part of students’ training.  Courses focus on problem solving and critical thinking.  Internships may be taken for course credit.  Successful completion of the undergraduate curriculum leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology and Criminal Justice is a booming field.  Graduates enter careers in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, research, and more.  A degree in criminology and criminal justice is also excellent preparation for graduate studies or law school.

For more information, contact:

Ms. Patricia Armstrong, Director of Academic Programs, 803-777-7099,

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