Programs of Study

The political science curriculum

Political science

The political science curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in government agencies at the local, state, and national level; politics, analysis, and campaigning; law or law enforcement; public administration; or other professions where political science skills are necessary.

Many business leaders pair political science and business because the skills within the discipline help an individual understand the framework of government regulations, understanding public opinion, and the art of political persuasion. You’ll begin with core introductory classes in American politics and international politics and you’ll expand upon these classes with a variety of other core classes and major electives.

The Emphasis in Public Administration allows students to prepare for work in government service or the non-profit sector and is a springboard for a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree. Public administration includes such areas as public budgeting, economic development, planning, emergency management and homeland security, and non-profit management. With over 500,000 government employees leaving their careers in the next few years, many students have an opportunity to serve in government agencies and departments.

You can also choose one of the Department’s minors––such as criminal justice, international studies, non-profit management, or pre-law––to broaden your knowledge of political science.

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.

Pre-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 contributes courses in American government, law, and criminal justice to the pre-law minor.

The sociology curriculum

A sociology degree broadens your understanding of the complexity of human behavior and social groups. Classes on social problems, sociological theory, and research methods provide a foundation, and electives in the fields of social work and social policy help those graduates who wish to pursue a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree. Other alumni have pursued law school or graduate degrees in sociology.

The new Minor in Human Services in partnership with Lander’s psychology program helps students pursue counseling careers or jobs in which they work with specific populations, whether for government agencies or non-profit social service providers.

The sociology curriculum encourages undergraduate research and faculty have mentored students to present their papers at state-wide and regional conferences, activities that enhance changes of admission to graduate school.

The criminal justice curriculum

Our Emphasis in Criminal Justice provides an in-depth look at the structure and operations of the American criminal justice system through classes on policing and community relations, delinquency and deviance, and criminology. Internships place students with government or law enforcement agencies and ensure that students can connect the dots between course concepts and real-world practice.

The law, law enforcement, and security fields have many employment opportunities and sophisticated study of criminal justice policies and practices (as well as policy-oriented experiences and assignments) provide Lander’s criminal justice students with steps toward a successful career.

Did you know …

  • Fourteen students have held prestigious internships in Washington, D.C. since 2010. These include placements at the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Commerce, Human Rights Watch, and The Heritage Foundation.
  • Our students have undergraduate research opportunities and regularly present papers at state and regional academic conferences.
  • Political science majors participate in the state-wide S.C. Student Legislature organization and several Lander students have been elected to state-wide offices by their peers.
  • Our Sociology Club regularly engages in community service activities and works with local non-profit organizations.
  • Faculty members have led both the state’s professional associations of political scientists and sociologists and regularly publish books, articles, and essays.

Learn More

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

DEGREES OFFERED

  • BS in Political Science
  • BS in Political Science, Public Administration Emphasis
  • BS in Sociology
  • BS in Sociology, Criminal Justice Emphasis
  • 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.