Programs of Study

The political science curriculum

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The political science curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in government agencies, political science research, politics and campaigning, public administration, teaching or other professions where political science skills are necessary. Many business leaders pair an undergraduate degree in political science with a business degree because the skills within the discipline help an individual understand the framework of government regulations and the art of political persuasion. You’ll begin with core introductory classes in American politics and world politics and you’ll expand upon these classes with a variety of other core classes and major electives.

You can enhance your degree with an emphasis in public administration, which features courses designed to prepare you for entry-level positions in government, social service and nonprofit sectors. It is also a great springboard for graduate studies, including a master’s in public administration (M.P.A.) degree.

You can also choose one of the department’s minors – international studies, political science, pre-law and public administration – to broaden your knowledge of the political science arena. As you explore the theories and realities of politics, you’ll learn to think and communicate effectively – skills that will serve you throughout your lifetime.

Studying CriminologyPre-law program

Although the American Bar Association does not recommend any particular group of undergraduate majors to prepare for legal education, it does note that there are certain skills – such as communication, research, problem solving and analytical skills – that are important in preparing for a good law school experience.

Lander recommends that students aspiring for law school seek out the kinds of courses that emphasize these skills. The Department of Political and Social Sciences and the Department of Business Administration have faculty with law degrees who can provide information on earning a of Juris Doctor degree.

Did you know …

  • Political science majors can hash out the latest hot topics with other students on campus in the Political Science Association.
  • Lander’s Sociology Club regularly sponsors field trips, social activities and special speakers.
  • Each year, Lander’s top political science and sociology majors are inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, and Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honor society in sociology.

The sociology curriculum

A sociology degree broadens your understanding of the complexity of human behavior. You can choose to expand your sociology degree with an emphasis in criminal justice, in which you take an in-depth look at the structure and operations of the American criminal justice system. Both degree tracks involve intense training in the core courses of sociology, facilitating graduate school studies.

Criminal justice management online

The online criminal justice degree completion program is designed for individuals who are not able to attend on-campus classes. The program is best suited for those who are currently employed or are committed to employment in the criminal justice field, but other candidates will be given consideration. General education and elective classes can be taken on location at Lander’s main campus or at other institutions and then transferred to Lander to meet the degree requirements. Click here for more information.

Learn More

For more information, checkout the University Catalog, or follow one of the links below:


  • BS in Political Science
  • BS in Political Science, Public Administration Emphasis
  • BS in Sociology
  • BS in Sociology, Criminal Justice Emphasis
  • BS in Criminal Justice Management (offered online)
  • Minors available in African-American studies, international studies, military science and leadership, political science, pre-law, public administration and sociology

For full degree requirements, program goals and more, visit the department's section of the university catalog.