Criminal Justice Administration and Social Sciences Department
Columbia, SC 29204
The mission of the Criminal Justice Administration and Social Sciences Department is to be an exemplary, growth-oriented teaching and research unit by offering the highest quality programs in a nurturing atmosphere by attracting and retaining dedicated, credentialed faculty who excel in teaching, student mentoring, scholarly research, and service to the community. It further provides applied technological and interdisciplinary skills in the field of cybersecurity that provide cutting edge learning opportunities to advance the intellectual, analytical, and communication skills of its graduates.
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. The faculty of the Department are committed to research and community service, and they facilitate student research by providing basic and advanced courses in research methods and analysis.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Cybersecurity will allow students to engage in a comprehensive cybersecurity education program. The degree is crafted to prepare students to enter or advance a professional career in specialized cybersecurity units, in law enforcement or cybersecurity departments in various organizations. Students will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of computer science, criminal justice, and information security policy and procedures. The degree is specifically tailored to combine a thorough understanding of best practices and procedures in cybersecurity combined with fundamental computer science content knowledge. 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. Our program will highlight practical digital/computer investigative knowledge, critical legal skills, and an understanding of information security policies, along with the social, and cultural issues related to cybersecurity risks. 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 among many other cybersecurity related positions and fields.