Claflin University

Claflin University is a comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with the United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869, Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. 

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Claflin seeks to foster a rich community comprised of students, faculty, staff and administrators who work to nurture and develop the skills and character needed for engaged citizenship and visionary and effective leadership. In its undergraduate programs, Claflin provides students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education. Emphasizing critical and analytic thinking, independent research and oral and written communication skills, the university invites students to use disciplined study to explore and confront the substantive challenges facing the global society. Claflin’s graduate programs provide opportunities for advanced students to increase their specialization in particular fields of study oriented toward professional enhancement and academic growth. Its continuing education programs provide students with expanded avenues for professional development and personal fulfillment.

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Claflin University Launches Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program
In its continuing effort to sustain and enhance its role as a leader in higher education, Claflin University will launch a Master of Science in Criminal Justice program in March 2018.  All classes will be offered online, and students will be able to complete degree requirements within 15 months. "This program is another major step for the University as we now offer a high-demand program that allows professionals in the field an opportunity to earn a master's degree in criminal justice at an accelerated pace,” Dr. Laufersweiler-Dwyer said.   “Students from throughout the state of South Carolina and beyond can enroll in the program with the confidence they are receiving a high-quality education." >> Read More



Claflin Staff and Notables


Every decision is made with the expectation that it's excellence or nothing. Anything less than excellence is not an option.

Dr. Leonard Pressley, Jr. Professor, Biology and Physical Therapy; Claflin Alumnus