Government, Criminology, Sociology

Government, Criminology, & Sociology

The Department of Government, Criminology, & Sociology provides students with opportunities to study criminology, political science, public administration, and sociology. Our coursework that ties to Lander’s experiential learning goals by providing students role-playing activities, simulations, policy-oriented assignments, and presentations.  Our curricula prepare students for a variety of careers in government service, law and law enforcement, and social service and non-profit organizations.

Activities of our student organizations extend course concepts through community service activities, bringing in speakers and hosting debates, and assisting charities.

Our internship programs offer placements locally, around South Carolina, and far beyond. No matter their location, internships open doors for jobs, graduate school opportunities, and networking, so they are a key component of our programs.

Why study political science at Lander?

Political Science

Understanding our globalized world and the opportunities and challenges it presents is a tall order. But that’s the goal and the challenge of studying political science. Through coursework on American and international politics as well as public administration and policy, classes show how government affects society and citizens influence government.

Majoring in political science will give you the tools to work in a government agency, prepare for a career in law or law enforcement, and advocate for solutions to policy-making issues that affect your own community, state, or nation. You’ll also have a unique opportunity to develop your own personal political values and to become a truly educated citizen. Some students take advantage of study away opportunities abroad or in Washington, D.C.

A political science degree may be complemented by minors such as:

  • pre-law
  • public administration
  • non-profit management
  • international studies
  • homeland security
  • criminal justice
  • military science and leadership

Why study criminology at Lander?

Criminology students study issues such as gun violence, delinquency, gangs, and criminal justice reform. How can law enforcement work with a local community? How can people be protected and individual rights be respected? These are the questions that a student studying criminology seeks to answer at Lander. Required courses in ethics as well as policy analysis ensure that students are best prepare for successful careers.

Coursework in the criminology major examines the juvenile justice system; the probation, pardon, and parole system; delinquency, criminological theories, and policing and community relations.  Classes in political science on the American legal system and state and local government complement this program, as do Sociology classes on social problems, how different parts of the population interact, and topics such as risk.  Present-day issues in areas such as homeland security and counter-terrorism are a reminder of the growing need of criminology specialists across many careers across government, law, law enforcement, and corrections.

An internship is required in the B.S. in Criminology, an experience that helps connect coursework with real-world practice and opens the door for career opportunities or graduate school.

A criminology degree may be complemented by minors such as:

  • homeland security
  • human services
  • pre-law
  • public administration
  • non-profit management

Why study sociology at Lander?

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Sociologists look at how social issues impact society and how social policy issues are related to technology, the environment, poverty, immigration, and other issues. How does gender, race or ethnicity, and class impact an individual’s experiences? Sociology majors seek to understand how social change comes about seek to influence change through research.

What can be done to improve the quality of our family and community life? How can social groups work together, and what patterns exist in different societies? These are the kinds of questions a sociologist asks – and they’re the kind you’ll answer as a sociology major at Lander.

Sociology is a discipline that is useful regardless of whether you seek a career in social work, government, law, business, the media, or non-profit and philanthropic organizations because it allows you to learn about and develop insights into society.

A sociology degree may be complemented by minors such as:

  • criminal justice 
  • human services
  • pre-law
  • public administration
  • non-profit management