Criminal Justice (B.S./B.A.)


Criminal Justice is a multidisciplinary approach to the scientific study of the causes, consequences and prevention of crime and its social control, with a particular interest in promoting social justice. As a criminal justice student, you will develop an understanding of the interconnections between crime, justice, human behavior, social environments and governmental policy. Our students graduate from Clemson prepared for graduate study, law school or careers in a range of criminal justice, social service and human service professions.


  • The new major in criminal justice, introduced in fall 2016, is ideal for students wishing to enter careers in law enforcement, criminal justice and policy studies.
  • Our faculty members are from a variety of disciplines, including criminology/criminal justice, sociology, anthropology and social work.
  • We offer both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice.


Both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice are offered, and you’ll choose between pursuing either a general concentration or a leadership concentration. The core curriculum focuses on classes in sociology and criminal justice which will provide you with a social science foundation as applied to understanding issues concerning the causes and consequences of crime and efforts to control crime, including public policies and programs. At least nine hours of your coursework will be social justice courses, which will help you understand the importance of issues of ethics and diversity in the field of criminal justice. Additional courses will allow you to explore such topics as juvenile delinquency, criminal evidence, computer crime, social class and poverty, and globalization and social change.

Outside of the classroom, we encourage our students to get involved in various campus clubs and activities, including the Criminal Justice Club.

General Concentration — With our general concentration, you’ll be able to pursue a science-oriented education while still selecting from a wide variety of course options.

Leadership Concentration — Our leadership concentration will prepare you specifically for leadership or management roles in your chosen career field.



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