Prepare for a career focused on reducing crime and making communities more just and safe.
This degree teaches you to analyze the causes and effects of crime, preparing you to work in any aspect of crime prevention, victim’s services, and the criminal and legal systems. Students are taught to think critically, enhance public safety through evidence-based practices and improve communities.
Complete an internship in a criminal justice agency or organization or a law–related entity for credit.
Experience, learn about and compare criminal justice practices and processes in the United States to other nations.
Learn outside of the classroom within varied partnerships with criminal justice-related agencies and organizations.
Learn within and be among the alumni of the largest criminal justice degree program in South Carolina.
What You’ll Study
You'll take courses that focus on problem-solving and critical thinking that provide students with the skills necessary to understand and interpret scientific literature and access emerging technologies in the field. This interdisciplinary degree equips students to be successful in the workforce or graduate studies, including law school.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making
Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports
Attention to Detail
Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project
Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication
Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies
Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Corrections Officer
- Probation Officer
- Victim Services Advocate
Job Titles of Alumni
- Operations Manager
- Police Officer
- Special Agent
- Deputy Sheriff
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $62,603
- Criminal Justice
- Law Enforcement
- Secret Service
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- State Attorney Generals' Offices
Employers of Alumni
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- University of South Carolina
- South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
- South Carolina Department of Social Services
- Richland County Sheriff's Department
- South Carolina Office of the Attorney General