With a mission of “inspiring scholarship, citizenship, advocacy, and productive careers,” the Department of Government, Criminology and Sociology provides a challenging array of classes that prepare students for many career options after graduation.

Our courses foster the breadth of a liberal arts education and build students’ skills in communication, critical thinking, and analysis. Faculty members inspire scholarship through course assignments, but also build students’ research and presentation skills through opportunities for students to present their research in on-campus venues or at state and regional-level conferences. These classroom experiences—many of which include active learning environments of debates, simulations, team exercises, and presentations—are complemented with robust internship programs as well as student organizations that further our goals of applied learning. 

Our graduates live and work as engaged citizens in Greenwood County, around the South, and throughout the world.

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B.S.
Undergraduate

This program 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 applying criminology theories.

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B.S.
Undergraduate

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.

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B.S.
Undergraduate

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.

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B.S.
Undergraduate

A sociology degree broadens your understanding of the complexity of human behavior and social groups.

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Minor
Undergraduate
  • African-American Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Homeland Security
  • Human Services
  • International Studies
  • Military Science & Leadership
  • Non-profit Management 
  • Political Science
  • Pre-law
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology