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College of Arts and Sciences


Institutes provide the students and faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences to reach across disciplines and dive into research. These interdisciplinary units include all fields of study and are helping to keep the College and University at the forefront of research innovations.

Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences

Learning to care for our incredible coast requires a hands-on approach. That’s why, in addition to our lab facilities in Columbia, we study in our 17,500-acre living laboratory at the coast.

Confucius Institute

Immerse yourself in the richness of Chinese language, art and business to help understand the connection between past, present and future.

Earth Sciences and Resources Institute (ESRI)

Focusing on applied research and service, we study water, energy, conservation and more in the classroom, in the field and through leading edge computer modeling.

Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute

Lives and property can be saved if we can learn what a disaster, like a hurricane, will do before it occurs. The institute studies planning, responses and works to identify trends in natural disasters.

Institute for African American Research

Beyond academics, the institute studies many aspects of African American life from the changing health of African Americans to the way African Americans have been portrayed in comic books.

Institute for Mind and Brain

Unlocking the mysteries of the mind-brain connection is one of the great scientific challenges of the 21st century. The University of South Carolina is poised to become a world leader in cognitive neuroscience research with the establishment of the Institute for Mind and Brain.

Institute for Public Service and Policy Research

Where do government leaders go to learn more about doing their jobs better? Our mission is to deliver training and technical assistance to the elected and appointed officials who lead the way.

Institute for Southern Studies

As the state where the Civil War began, South Carolina has always been at the forefront of the history of the American South. The Institute for Southern Studies (ISS) at the University of South Carolina helps tell this important story.

Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute

The Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute is an internationally recognized mathematics research center, fostering advanced research and creating solutions for real-world problems.

South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology

Human beings have always been interested in their fellow humans -- those alive today and also our ancestors from the past. How has human life and culture evolved over the millennia?

Walker Institute

The Institute of International Studies was founded in 1961 by Dr. Richard Walker, a noted East Asia expert, prolific scholar, adviser to many government agencies, and Ambassador to South Korea from 1981-1986. After his death in 2003 the Institute of International Studies was named in his honor.