Criminal Justice Administration and Social Sciences Department

Department Contact

1600 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
803-253-5000
Office Hours 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Criminal Justice & Social Science Degrees

Study criminal justice, psychology, and interdisciplinary studies—plus cutting edge topics like cybersecurity—within our department. We offer a nurturing atmosphere with faculty who excel in teaching, student mentoring, scholarly research, and service to the community. 

Courses offered within the department are designed to: 

  • promote social responsibility and ethical values, 
  • improve quality and understanding of life, 
  • and encourage cultural awareness and appreciation for diversity. 

Bachelor's Degrees

Criminal Justice Administration Degree

Gain a thorough understanding of law enforcement and justice administration, including an overview of procedures and policies, order maintenance, field operations, and public service.

Common courses:

  • Theories in Criminology
  • Introduction to the Correction Systems
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Police Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Criminal Profiler 
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Detective
  • Probation Officer
  • Forensic Analyst 
  • Homeland Security Agent 

Psychology Degree

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology, you’ll study the science of human behavior and mental processes. Learn about memory, cognition, intelligence, perception, motivation, emotion, personality theory, and more. 

Common Courses:

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Social Psychology
  • African American Psychologists
  • Careers in Psychology

Our psychology degree graduates can choose a wide variety of career paths. They can also pursue professional certifications and graduate school training for careers in human services, mental health, and education. 

  • Advertising & Marketing Professional 
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Career Counselor
  • Business Administrator 
  • Social Service Specialist 
  • Research & Lab Assistant
  • Teacher 
  • School Counselor
  • Law Enforcement & Corrections 

Cybersecurity Degree

Gain an interdisciplinary understanding of computer science, criminal justice, and information security policy and procedures. Our bachelor of arts cybersecurity degree teaches practical digital investigative knowledge, critical legal skills, information security policies, along with the social and cultural issues related to cybersecurity risks. 

Common courses: 

  • Network, Technology, and Protocols
  • Computers, Crime, and Culture
  • Cybersecurity Risk Analysis
  • Introduction to Cryptography 
  • The field of cybersecurity is a growing transnational phenomenon where the potential for jobs and support for graduate education is expected to grow exponentially over the next 15 to 20 years. 

    Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to pursue career paths in areas such as: 

    • Computer Forensics Investigator
    • Information Security Specialists
    • Cyber Operations Planner
    • Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst
    • Chief Information Security Operations Manager 

Interdisciplinary Studies Degree for Nontraditional Students​

Our bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies program is designed for adults and nontraditional students. Students get the flexibility to develop a course of study that is consistent with, and appropriate to, their goals and career objectives. 

Part of the conditions for earning the degree is that the student is expected to complete:

  • General education requirements
  • Interdisciplinary core
  • Coursework in at least two disciplines
  • A capstone experience

Minors & Concentrations

  • Criminal Justice Administration 
  • Cybersecurity
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Child and Family Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Applied Computing
  • Public Safety Administration and Management

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Want to learn more about the Benedict College experience and our close-knit campus in the heart of Columbia, SC? 

Why Choose to Get Your Degree at an HBCU?

Get your criminal justice administration, psychology, cybersecurity, and interdisciplinary studies degree at a southern HBCU. We’re proud to be part of this rich legacy as a private historically black, liberal arts college in Columbia, South Carolina. 

Student Story

A captain on the volleyball team and psychology major, one student is following in her dad’s footsteps with a minor in criminal justice. Her goal is to become a lawyer. She explains that Benedict College has something for everyone—programs of study, activities, internships, and role models.  

Special Organizations & Programs

BC Graduates

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCU)
Membership gives students opportunities to participate in scholarship competitions, special events, local, regional, and national networking, and more. 

Alpha Phi Sigma
Recognizes and promotes high scholarship for students with a 3.2 grade point average and higher.

Alpha Theta Iota Chapter of Sigma Alpha
The National Political Science Honor Society stimulates interest in the poli sci studies. This national society sponsors programs and events at the charter level.

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