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  Mar 03, 2024
 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Liberal Studies, B.A.


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Program Purpose Admission and Graduation Standards
Program Objectives Curriculum
Learning Outcomes  

Program Purpose


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.


Program 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.

Learning Outcomes


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.

Admission and Graduation Standards


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.


Curriculum



Degree Requirements (120 Hours)


The Bachelor of Arts with a major in liberal studies is designed for students who want to pursue liberal studies without a major in a single discipline.

No course may count in more than one category.

1. General Education Requirements (41-51 Hours)


Writing (6 Hours)


Foreign Language (0-9 Hours)


Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to minimal passing grade on exit exam in 122 course.

Numerical and Analytical Reasoning (6-7 Hours)


To be met in one of the following ways:

1) Option One


2) Option Two


3) Option Three


Laboratory Sciences (8 Hours)


Two laboratory courses selected from the following fields:

Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Environmental studies
Geology
Marine science
Physics

Liberal Arts (21 Hours)


2. Major Requirements (36 Hours)


Required Courses


All courses must be at the 300-level or above with at least 15 hours at the 400-level or above. All grades must be C or better. The following three courses are required of all majors:

The student’s major will be chosen from one of the following three (3) options:


Arts and Humanities Option (27 Hours)


A minimum of 27 hours from two of the following disciplines:

Art
English
History
Languages
Philosophy
Religious studies
Theatre

Science and Mathematics Option (27 Hours)


A minimum of 27 hours from two of the following disciplines:

Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Environmental studies
Geology
Marine science
Mathematics
Physics
Statistics

Social and Behavioral Sciences Option (27 Hours)


A minimum of 27 hours from two of the following disciplines:

Anthropology
Criminology and Criminal justice
Economics
Geography
Political science
Psychology
Sociology

3. Cognate (12 Hours)


A minimum of 12 hours of course work at the 300 level or above from one of the following disciplines:

Anthropology
Art
Business
Criminal justice
Dance
Economics
Education
English
Geography
History
Languages
Mathematics
Philosophy
Political science
Psychology
Physical and/or Biological sciences
Religious studies
Social work
Sociology
Theatre

The cognate cannot be a discipline included in the student’s major option.

4. Electives (21-31 Hours)


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