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  Jul 13, 2024
2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

College of Arts and Sciences|

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Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, Dean
Roger H. Sawyer, Executive Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Steven W. Lynn, Senior Associate Dean for Liberal Arts
Robert C. Thunell, Senior Associate Dean for Natural Sciences
Will Graf, Associate Dean for Research
Sonya Brown, Assistant Dean for Academic and Fiscal Planning
Mary Ann Byrnes, Assistant Dean for Administration
Loren W. Knapp, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Advising

Overview Degrees and Certificates Offered
Oak Ridge Associated Universities Departments and Program Areas
Center for Science Education  


Since 1805, the College of Arts and Sciences has been the intellectual core of the University of South Carolina, entrusted with the responsibility to provide superb teaching in the arts and sciences to all undergraduates. The college is a richly diverse community dedicated to the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge about the natural and human world. It is committed to enriching the academic experience of every undergraduate student through a wide and innovative array of courses, programs, and opportunities in the arts, humanities, and sciences; developing the next generation of intellectual leaders’ and excelling in research, scholarship, and creative activity. With its broad coverage of academic disciplines, the college is uniquely situated to promote opportunities for student research and interdisciplinary and international learning. As the heart of a major research university, the college is a catalyst for positive change in the local community, the state, the nation, and the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of the Departments of Anthropology; Art; Biological Sciences; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Earth and Ocean Sciences; English Language and Literature; Geography; History; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Mathematics; Philosophy; Physics and Astronomy; Political Science; Psychology; Religious Studies; Sociology; Statistics; and Theatre and Dance, as well as the School of the Environment. The Departments of Aerospace Studies, Military Science, and Naval Science administer the University’s ROTC programs. In addition, the college includes interdepartmental programs in African American studies, cardiovascular technology, comparative literature, European studies, film studies, Latin American studies, linguistics, marine science, professional science, public history, and women’s studies.

Centers and institutes within the college include the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, Center for Asian Studies, Center for Science Education, Center for the Management of Risk Behaviors, Electron Microscopy Center, Ted Mimms Foreign Languages Learning Center, Industrial Mathematics Institute, Institute for Biological Research and Technology, Institute for Public Service and Policy Research, Institute for Southern Studies, Richard L. Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, S.C. Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, McKissick Museum, USC Nanocenter, and College of Arts and Sciences Computing and Technology Center. Please refer to the section of this bulletin titled “The University ” and departmental sections for further information about centers and institutes in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society. In the Department of Psychology, the graduate degrees in clinical-community psychology are accredited by the American Psychological Association; graduate degrees in school psychology are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association of School Psychologists, with the doctoral program also being accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Master of Public Administration degree offered by the Department of Political Science is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The Department of Theatre and Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the University/Resident Theatre Association. Through selected degree programs, the College of Arts and Sciences participates in the teacher education programs of the University that are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Since 1950, students and faculty of the University of South Carolina have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 98 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, and faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive list of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at, or by calling either of the contacts below.

ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enrichment Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholar Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research, and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, visit the ORAU homepage at or contact:

Timothy A. Mousseau
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
ORAU Councilor for the University of South Carolina

Monnie E. Champion
ORAU Corporate Secretary

Degrees and Certificates Offered

The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Industrial Statistics, Master of Mathematics, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science, and Professional Science Master. In cooperation with the College of Education, the college offers the Master of Arts in Teaching in selected disciplines for uncertified teachers and the Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Art Education and the Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Sciences for teachers who have been certified. The Department of Statistics offers the Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Statistics. The Linguistics Program offers the Certificate of Graduate Study in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The Certificate of Graduate Study in Museum Management is offered through the Department of History. The Certificate of Graduate Study in Women’s and Gender Studies is available through the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. The Department of Anthropology offers the Certificate of Graduate Study in Historical Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management and the Certificate of Graduate Study in Visual Anthropology. For further information about admission and degree requirements, please consult the Graduate Admissions  and Degree Requirements  sections of this bulletin and the individual departments and programs listed in the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information about academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences visit Programs by College/School  or visit the departmental links below.

Center for Science Education

The Center for Science Education, in conjunction with selected departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, is responsible for developing and coordinating interdisciplinary teacher education courses and programs in science and mathematics. These courses are listed and described below under “Science and Mathematics for Educators” and carry the interdisciplinary SMED designator. Click here to view SMED courses .

The Center for Science Education also assists individual departments in offering content-specific courses in their disciplines designed for in-service teachers. These courses carrying individual departmental designators include:

  • BIOL 501, 770, 771, 772, 775, and 776
  • CHEM 702, 703, 704, 705, 706, and 709
  • GEOL 531, 700, 702
  • MSCI 803, 777 and 778
  • MATH 701-I, 702-I, 703-I, 704-I, 712-I, 736-I, 752-I, and 780-I
  • PHYS 781, 782, 783, 784, 785, and 787

Departments and Program Areas

Click the links below to view programs and courses administered by each department.

Programs for the College of Arts and Sciences 



Biological Sciences| 

Chemistry and Biochemistry| 

Criminology and Criminal Justice| 

Earth and Ocean Sciences| 

English Language and Literature| 

Environment and Sustainability Program| 

Film and Media Studies| 



Languages, Literatures, and Cultures| 


Marine Science| 



Physics and Astronomy| 

Political Science| 


Religious Studies| 



Theatre and Dance| 

Women’s and Gender Studies| 

Some programs offered by the College of Arts and Sciences are available as Graduate Dual Degree Programs.

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