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Government, Criminology, & Sociology

The Department of Government, Criminology, & Sociology provides students with opportunities to study criminology, paralegal studies, political science, public administration, and sociology. Our curricula prepare students for a variety of careers in government service, law and law enforcement, and social service and non-profit organizations.





Ashley Woodiwiss
Department Chair

864-388-8136  |  |  Carnell Learning Center M51

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Political Science Internships

The study of politics can’t be confined within classroom walls. To fully grasp this discipline, you need to get out in the real world – in congressional offices, on the campaign trail, in political party headquarters. You’ll have opportunities to take it all in firsthand through internships. We can make arrangements for you to spend a summer or semester working in the Washington, Columbia or local offices of your congressional representatives. You could also intern with businesses, television stations, and political, professional and nonprofit organizations.

Washington Semester Program

Lander students are able to spend a semester living in Washington, D.C., through the prestigious Washington Semester Program coordinated by the Honors College of the University of South Carolina. Students are placed within federal government offices or in nongovernmental offices (think tanks, media organizations, etc.) to benefit their educational experience in the nation's capital. 


Department Awards

Awards are granted annually to outstanding university students from all disciplines during a ceremony each spring.

  • Alan Jones Award
    Named in honor of a former international visiting professor, this award is given annually by the political science faculty to the junior or senior majoring in political science who has demonstrated the most outstanding promise entering the program.
  • Display of Outstanding Sociological Imagination Award
    Given annually by the sociology faculty to one or more sociology majors who amply demonstrated potential for success in graduate school.
  • Political Science Discipline Award
    Given annually by the political science faculty to the graduating senior majoring in political science with the highest cumulative grade point average.
  • Sociology Discipline Award
    Given annually by the sociology faculty to the graduating senior majoring in sociology with the highest cumulative grade point average.
  • Criminology Discipline Award
  • Public Administration Award
  • Non-Profit Management Award
  • International Studies Award
  • Human Services Award 

Latest News

Richard Cosentino and Hope Rivers
Lander and Piedmont Tech Facilitate Transfer Process for Criminal Justice Students

Officials from Piedmont Technical College (PTC) and Lander University recently signed an agreement designed to streamline the transfer process for PTC students who graduate with an associate of applied science in criminal justice to continue their education by pursuing a bachelor of science in criminology at Lander.

23 March 2022
Mia Crankfield and friends in DC
Semester in Washington ‘Beneficial’ to Lander Student Crankfield

Lander University junior Elemia “Mia” Crankfield, a political science major with an emphasis in public administration, is participating in the South Carolina Washington Semester Program, offered through the University of South Carolina Honors College.

10 February 2022