The purpose of the Liberal Studies Program is to provide a curriculum responsive to the educational needs of our state. Available to students on USC’s regional campuses, this degree provides access to upper-level study in a range of liberal arts disciplines, fostering the abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, solve problems, and interpret human experience. Goals of this program are to enhance students’ intellectual and creative capacities and broaden their historical, ethical, social, and international perspectives while allowing them some flexibility in designing the upper-level curricula based on previous studies and employment objectives.
- To provide students with broad-based knowledge in the liberal arts that results in their becoming more articulate, analytical, historically informed, and well-rounded.
- To prepare students to contribute to their work environments and the larger society and to grow personally and professionally throughout their careers.
- To foster in students analytical and decision-making skills, communication skills, a global perspective, a sense of social responsibility and ethics, and characteristics of leadership.
- To meet academic needs of students who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree in liberal studies and provide a solid foundation for those preparing to pursue further education.
- To attract diverse, career-oriented students by making available curricula that correspond to employment opportunities and community needs.
Students who graduate with a B.A. in Liberal Studies should be able to …
- demonstrate the ability to initiate independent, interdisciplinary inquiry and the ability to apply critical thinking to interdisciplinary problems.
- demonstrate an understanding of South Carolina from historical as well as contemporary political, economic, and social perspectives in papers, assignments and other student writing.
- demonstrate the ability to be an educated and participatory citizen of South Carolina and explain how their academic training has prepared them to be an active state citizen.
- demonstrate the ability to apply classroom learning to real-world experience in the public or private sector.
Students may apply to the Liberal Studies Program after completion of at least 45 semester hours of accredited, college-level work. A minimum grade point of 2.00 is required for admission and graduation. During the first semester after the student’s admission, a specific Program of Study is developed by the student and the student’s advisor and approved by the Program Committee. Any changes to the Program of Study must be approved by the advisor and Program Committee. All students must earn at least 30 USC hours after admission to this program. A minimum of 120 semester hours of accredited, college-level work must be presented to earn this degree.