Political & Social Sciences Department

Political & Social Sciences

The Department of Political and Social Sciences provides students with opportunities to study criminal justice, 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?

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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., and, as part of the College of Business and Public Affairs, you also have the opportunity to take selected courses in economics and business.

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

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

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:

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

Why study criminal justice at Lander?

Criminal justice 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 criminal justice seeks to answer at Lander.

Criminal justice coursework examines the juvenile justice system; the probation, pardon, and parole system; delinquency, criminology, and policing and community relations.  Classes on the American legal system complement this program and special topics classes, such as women and crime, are offered. Present-day issues in areas such as homeland security and counter-terrorism are a reminder of the growing need of criminal justice specialists across many careers.

An internship is required of Criminal Justice Emphasis students, an experience that helps connect coursework with real-world practice and opens the door for career opportunities or graduate school.