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Criminology and Criminal Justice at South Carolina

Our criminal justice program promotes state-of-the-art research and instruction in subject areas that are crucial to the effective and orderly working of modern society.

What to Expect

You will learn theories of and responses to social deviance, law and the legal system, administration theory and evaluation, law enforcement, juvenile justice systems and procedures and crime prevention models. You will also be able to attend numerous conferences and lectures to broaden your professional perspective.

As a criminal justice major, you will also have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on internship experience that will add to your educational experience. You can gain additional experience by participating in the Campus Patrol Office program, which offers students who qualify an opportunity to gain hands-on experience as an employee of the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety. The major also offers a pre-law suggested track for those interested in pursuing a law degree after graduation.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B  B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice provides a professional degree program with a strong foundation in the liberal arts and the social sciences. Our research and public service promote practical solutions to criminal justice issues affecting our communities.

Here are the types courses that fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice:

  • The American Criminal Justice System
  • Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Sociology of Crime
  • Policing
  • Corrections Criminal Courts  

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a master's and Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice as well dual degree with the School of Law that culminates in Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctor.

M  M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Graduate Director: Robert Brame, 803-777-6537, BRAMER@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Robert Brame, 803-777-6537, BRAMER@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

D  Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Graduate Director: Robert Brame, 803-777-6537, BRAMER@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Robert Brame, 803-777-6537, BRAMER@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

DD  Dual Degree: Criminology and Criminal Justice and Law (M.A. / J.D.)

Through special arrangement, the university offers dual degree programs in certain areas to permit a student to work on two degrees concurrently by combining credits, resulting in the student taking fewer courses than the total required if each degree were pursued independently. This program, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law, culminates in a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctor.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.