Dean's Message

Welcome to the website of the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences!

I hope you will explore our pages to learn more about our dynamic academic programs, the accolades of our faculty, achievements of our students, and successes of our distinguished alumni.  Every day we seek to prepare students to think critically, be adaptable professionals, and to understand options for fulfilling and impactful careers.

We offer majors in criminology, history, political science, psychology, and sociology; emphases in public administration and secondary education; a pre-professional program in pre-law, and minors in such areas as criminal justice, homeland security, human services, international studies, non-profit management, religion, and philosophy.  We commission Army officers through our ROTC program and welcome veterans completing their education.  Our online master’s program in emergency management gives knowledge and skills for professional careers in planning, risk analysis, recovery in government agencies, businesses, and non-profits organizations.

The quality of our programs is easily illustrated through the successes of our alumni. They work for local, state, and national government agencies, private businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. Many enter the job market soon after graduation, while others earn graduate degrees at universities in the South, further away in the United States, or even overseas. Our alums serve the nation as law enforcement officers at home and as military officers abroad. Examples of alums include a human resources specialist in Greenwood, an award-winning teacher in Anderson, a corrections specialist in Columbia, an attorney in Charleston, a social worker in Florida, the director of a non-profit in Mississippi, a terrorism analyst in Washington, D.C., a museum curator in New York, a graduate student in London, and a U.S. Army officer in South Korea.

Our professors are award-winning teachers who enable students to understand academic disciplines and connect them with the real-world through assignments that apply their knowledge. Professors are past presidents of state-level associations, publish books and articles, are called upon by media outlets such as the AP, BBC, and CNN for analysis, and help students to present their own research at state, regional, and national conferences.

We encourage experiential learning and internships—whether nearby or far away from campus.  Students intern with local law firms, non-profits, and government agencies, or further away in government offices, law enforcement centers, or far away from campus in Washington, D.C.  

Lander offers close-knit community where professors and students interact and collaborate.  Our faculty and staff cheer on our students and celebrate their successes. Although we are a small institution, our curricular offerings are wide-ranging and consistently updated.  We showcase ties between local and global issues and encourage study abroad opportunities to ready students for the global marketplace.  We make students aware of the diversity of thought and experience through courses, debates, and speakers.  And we engage with our local community and have fun through our student organizations.

If you are a prospective student, we hope that you will check out what the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Lander has to offer.  

If you are an alumnus, we hope that you will let us know what you are doing to make us proud. 

Either way, we hope to hear from you.  Feel free to reach out to me at 864-388-8733 or

Samuel Lucas McMillan S. Lucas McMillan (Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences)
Associate Professor of Political Science

Office: LC 355 
Phone: (864) 388-8275