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College of Arts and Sciences


The College of Arts and Sciences programs offer degrees and certifications within the College’s departments. These units have a narrower focus than departments that allows students and faculty to explore specific areas within their department and earn a degree for that exploration.

African American Studies

The African American Studies Program provides undergraduate majors and minors with the interdisciplinary tools and resources to study the experiences of people of African descent and to evaluate black historical, cultural, social, economic and political developments in South Carolina, the South, the United States, and beyond.

African Studies

The South Carolina African Studies Program is a vibrant and growing center of research, teaching, and community outreach.

Cardiovascular Technology

The Cardiovascular Technology degree program prepares students for careers in the health care industry as cardiovascular technologists, providing specialized care to patients in a wide range of medical settings.

Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina has been ranked among the top ten public programs in the country and boasts nationally and internationally known scholars.

Environment and Sustainability

With research projects ranging from the study of wildlife populations at Chernobyl to the hidden signals of climate change, and classes as diverse as microbiology and green politics, faculty in the Environment and Sustainability program are leading global research and educating tomorrow’s environmental leaders.

Film and Media Studies

Motion pictures have moved us and shaped our society since the early 20th century. The Film and Media Studies program offers critical study of moving image culture – its history, theory and criticism.

Global Studies

The Global Studies major is a flexible, interdisciplinary degree that familiarizes students with the complex historical and contemporary relationships and processes that link together people and places.

Islamic World Studies

The Islamic World Studies Program takes as its focus countries and regions throughout the world in which Muslims constitute either the majority of the population or form a significant minority group.

Jewish Studies

Judaism has been central to Western culture from antiquity to the present. Its contributions to Western civilization are deeply interwoven into both Jewish and non-Jewish Western cultural history, contributing significantly to art, language, law, literature, medicine, philosophy and political thought.

Leadership Certificate Program

Ray Kroc, who built McDonald’s Corporation, said “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” The Leadership Certificate Program is setting the bar high as it trains students to be our future leaders.


Linguistics is the scientific study of language in all its aspects. These issues are investigated from diverse perspectives, including biological, cognitive, developmental, educational, historical and sociocultural.

Military Science

The Army ROTC, Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC), and Naval Science (Navy ROTC) programs have a long and proud tradition.

Museum Management Certificate

The graduate certificate Museum Management prepares students for leadership roles in museums and cultural institutions around the nation.

Professional Science Master's: Bioinformatics

Increased food production, malnutrition, waste management, fossil analysis, DNA testing for criminology and paternity testing – these are a few of the diverse applications of biotechnology. Bioinformatics, the application of IT in biotechnology, requires a cross-discipline education in science, IT and mathematics.

Professional Science Master’s: Biotechnology

Biotechnology holds the promise of feeding the world and curing diseases. The applications are so broad and compelling, most industries are looking at ways to apply the science. The Professional Science Master’s in Biotechnology degree program provides students with scientific knowledge and business skills for careers in this rapidly advancing field.

Russian and Eurasian Studies

Following tremendous change in the last few decades, Russia and neighboring countries remain significant players on the world stage. If anything, the study of the influence of this region has become more nuanced.

Russian Program at USC

The Russian Program at the University of South Carolina immerses students in the study of Russian culture, language, and literature.

Speech Communication and Rhetoric

The capacity to speak sits at the heart of politics, human rights and culture. Speech Communication and Rhetoric is an ideal course of study for students interested in politics, philosophy, literature, law, business and public advocacy.

Taiwan Studies

For more than 20 years, the Taiwan Studies program has hosted this country’s premier annual conference on Taiwan and fostered enduring relationships with academic and government institutions in the island nation.

TESOL Certificate Program

Providing a firm grounding in both linguistics and educational theory paired with practical teaching experience, the TESOL Certificate Program prepares future teachers of English as a second or foreign language to apply their skills in settings around the world.

Women's and Gender Studies

Students in the Women’s and Gender Studies program engage in critical discussion about issues of gender equity, racial equality and social justice. Students examine contemporary issues and gain real-world experience with community organizations under the guidance of caring, committed and knowledgeable faculty.