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We're called to serve

It's the study of crime and criminal behavior. It's also the study of police departments, prison systems, criminal law, and the courts. Anderson University, through our School of Public Service and Administration, is committed to educating today's law enforcement officers, private investigators, federal agents and leaders, as well as prospective law students with an interest in criminal law. Recognizing the importance of coordinated emergency responses in a post-911 and post-Hurricane Katrina country, we also offer programs in emergency management.

Our Degree Programs

Our programs include a Bachelor of Criminal Justice with concentrations in Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness and Law Enforcement and a Bachelor of Emergency Management Services with concentrations in Homeland Security Operations and Administration, and Whole Community Emergency Management. The School of Public Service and Administration, through its Command College of South Carolina, also offers a Master of Criminal Justice, which prepares law enforcement administrators.

Our bachelor 's degree programs prepare graduates for careers in local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, private investigation, emergency response and management, security, government, and other related fields. A degree in criminal justice also is a great major for prospective law school students. Earning a Master of Criminal Justice through the Command College of South Carolina prepares criminal justice professionals and managers for executive-level positions in criminal justice agencies.

Our Professors

From serving as a district attorney for 20 years to representing the highest level of achievement in the military, law enforcement, and emergency management, our professors have the academic and practical backgrounds to prepare you for extraordinary careers in criminal justice. Their professional reputations will help you obtain invaluable internships and connect you with high-performing veterans in the field.

Clarence "Chuck" J. Williamson

I believe the Command College and its focus on developing leaders in the criminal justice and policing professions is critical.

Dr. Clarence "Chuck" J. Williamson
Dean of the School of Public Service and Administration

Find Your Degree

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Undergraduate - Campus

Serving others is more than a career path. It’s a calling. And we take your commitment to service seriously. Our programs in criminal justice, homeland security, and emergency management will train you to make the world a better place.  

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Undergraduate - Online

Our online programs in criminal justice, homeland security, and emergency management do not sacrifice quality for convenience. You’ll experience the same top-notch education and our commitment to your professional future in service to your community.

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Graduate Programs

Already serving your community and want to further your education? You shouldn't worry how you'll manage in the line of duty or the classroom. Our convenient, affordable graduate programs will get you back in the field quickly--with new skills and opportunities. 

Recent News

Students assisting Hurricane Ian victims

Oct 27

School of Public Service and Administration

Homeland Security Majors Assist Hurricane Ian Victims

Students Caroline Cotra, left, Anjali Evers, middle, and Emily Prunty, pictured with a resident they were helping, were part of a team doing tearout of drywall in homes and general...

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Anderson University School of Public Service and Administration

Oct 24


Murphy Awarded the IAEM Lifetime CEM Honor

Dr. Howard Murphy of the Anderson University School of Public Service and Administration was honored for his significant contributions throughout his emergency management career.

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Emergency Management Textbook

Aug 02

School of Public Service and Administration

Principles of Emergency Management and Emergency Operations Centers Wins 2022 ASIS Security Industry Book of the Year Award

Security expert and professor at the Anderson University School of Public Service and Administration, Dr. Howard Murphy, co-authored and co-edited a book that was named 2022 ASIS Security Industry Book...

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