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Criminology and Criminal Justice, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

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.

Program Highlights

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    Experiential Learning

    Complete an internship in a criminal justice agency or organization or a law–related entity for credit.

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    Education Abroad

    Experience, learn about and compare criminal justice practices and processes in the United States to other nations.

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    Community Partnerships

    Learn outside of the classroom within varied partnerships with criminal justice-related agencies and organizations.

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    State Leader

    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.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    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

  • Listening Skills

    Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication

    Problem Solving

    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.

Potential Careers

  • Corrections Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Investigator
  • Victim Services Advocate
  • Lawyer

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Paralegal
  • Operations Manager
  • Police Officer
  • Special Agent
  • Deputy Sheriff

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $62,603

Workplace Settings

  • 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

The Adolescent Mentoring class has been a life-changing experience for me. I have seen all the things I have been taught in other classes unfold right before my eyes! It gave me a chance to apply that knowledge and to not only help myself, but to help kids.

Alejandra Torres
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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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