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updated January 8, 2009

Academic Programs

Associate’s Degree Programs

The University of South Carolina Union offers the Associate in Arts degree and the Associate in Science degree to those students who have earned at least 60 unduplicated hours of credit approved by the dean. These degrees are awarded to those students who have completed the following requirements:

1. Required Courses Semester Hours
ENGL 101, 102 with grades of C or higher
Numerical and Analytical Reasoning, e.g., MATH 111 or higher, CSCE, STAT, PHIL 110–111
Humanities and Fine Arts, e.g., AFRO, ARTH, ARTS, ENGL (200 level or above), FORL, HIST, MUSC, PHIL (except 110, 111), RELG, SPCH, THEA 12 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences, e.g., ANTH, ECON, GEOG, GINT, PSYC, SOCY 3 6
Natural Sciences, e.g., ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOG 201–202, GEOL, MSCI, PHYS, WOST 113 3 7
Electives 33 32
TOTAL 60 60
2. Cumulative 2.00 GPA at USC
3. Fifteen semester hours earned at USC Union

Second Associate’s Degree

At times the University of South Carolina Union confers a second associate’s degree upon candidates who have completed all requirements for the second degree, provided that the additional requirements for the second degree include a minimum of 12 semester hours beyond those required for the first degree earned at USC Union and a minimum of 72 semester hours total. Under this policy a student may apply for two degrees at one time or separately. In either case the student would receive two diplomas.

Application of Credits to Baccalaureate Degrees

Many students who enter the Associate in Arts or the Associate in Science degree programs intend to apply these credits toward a baccalaureate degree awarded by another institution. These students are advised to work closely with their advisor to outline a program of study for the first two or more years that will meet the preliminary requirements of the four-year major they wish to pursue. Details about baccalaureate degree requirements may be found in the USC Columbia Undergraduate Studies Bulletin, the USC Upstate bulletin, or the bulletin of any other four-year institution to which the student intends to transfer.

USC Union is a fully accredited campus of the University of South Carolina, and lower-division credits (with the exception of developmental courses) generally apply to programs of other institutions; with the permission of the baccalaureate institution, upper-level credits (300-level and above) will transfer as well.

Undergraduate degree programs on the Columbia campus are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences; The Darla Moore School of Business; College of Education; College of Engineering and Computing; College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management; College of Mass Communications and Information Studies; School of Music; College of Nursing; College of Pharmacy; School of Public Health; and the South Carolina Honors College. The College of Social Work offers courses for undergraduate credit, but does not offer undergraduate degrees.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, as other Palmetto Programs, is conducted following a blended delivery method consisting of traditional classrooms, two-way video, and online courses taught by faculty members from USC Sumter and the other regional campuses of the University of South Carolina (Continuing Education, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, and Union). All courses an be taken at the USC Salkehatchie campus. The degree is awarded by Continuing Education at USC Columbia.

Degree Requirements

(120 hours)

No course may count in more than one category.

1. General Education Requirements (41-51 hours)

Writing (6)
ENGL 101, 102. Must be passed with grade of C or better

Foreign Language (0-9)
Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to minimal passing grade on exit exam in 122 course

Numerical and Analytical Reasoning (6-7)
(to be met in one of the following ways)
1) MATH 122 or 141 with either CSCE 101 or STAT 110 or PHIL 110
2) MATH 122 or 141 with a higher level math course such as MATH 170 or 172
3) CSCE 101 and CSCE 102; STAT 110 and STAT 201; or PHIL 110 and PHIL 111

Laboratory Sciences (8)
Two laboratory courses selected from the following fields: astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental studies, geology, marine science, physics

Liberal Arts (21)
Fine Arts (3)
History (3)
PHIL 102 (3)
Social/Behavioral Sciences (3)
SPCH 140 (3)
Electives (must include two disciplines) (6)

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:
PALM 493 South Carolina Studies
PALM 494 Internship
UNIV P401P Senior Capstone Experience

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

Arts and Humanities Option
A minimum of 27 hours from two of the following disciplines: art, English, history, languages, philosophy, religious studies, theatre (27 hours)

Science and Mathematics Option
A minimum of 27 hours from two of the following disciplines: astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental studies, geology, marine science, mathematics, physics, statistics (27 hours)

Social and Behavioral Sciences Option
A minimum of 27 hours from two of the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology (27 hours)

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. (12 hours)

4. Electives (21-31 hours)

Bachelor of Arts in Technology Support and Training Management

The Bachelor of Arts in Technology Support and Training Management is conducted in partnership with the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management. General education and lower-level courses (first two years) are completed at USC Union. Upper-level TSTM courses are offered via distance education from the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management on the USC Columbia Campus. The degree is awarded by USC Columbia.

Degree Requirements

1. General Education Requirements

Liberal Arts (24-30)

ENGL 101 and 102 (6 hours)
One course from ENGL 282-286 or above (3 hours)
Seven courses from the College of Arts and Sciences (24-25 hours), to include:
a. one course in history
b. one fine arts class (art, music, theater)
c. SPCH 140
d. one course from PSYC or SOCY
e. ECON 224
f. Foreign Languages: Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. This ability can be demonstrated by achieving a score of two or better on a USC foreign language proficiency test. Those failing to do so must satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at USC.

Mathematics and Sciences (13-15 hours)

Numerical and analytical reasoning (6-7 hours). This requirement may be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

a. MATH 122 or higher and a second higher MATH course, except MATH 221, 222
b. MATH 122 or 141 and an additional course in statistics

Two courses (one of which must have a laboratory) from the following sciences: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, marine science, physics. (7-8 hours)

2. Major Requirements

Related Courses (24 hours)

RETL 261, RETL 262, TSTM 240, TSTM 342, RETL 344, TSTM 264, HRSM 301, CSCE 204
Approved elective selected from: TSTM 545, 562, 570

Technology Support and Training Management Major Courses (46 hours)

HRSM 301, TSTM 343, 345, 346, 348, 352, 362, 370, 444, 445, 447, 448, 544, 560, 564

3. Minor or General Electives (12-18 hours)

Total hours: 124

Special Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Teacher Preparation

Teacher education programs at the University of South Carolina Columbia offer prospective teachers opportunity for liberal arts study in the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, mathematics, and the arts integrated with professional education experiences.

Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Teacher Education. Students who seek teacher certification in early childhood, elementary, or middle level education pursue an undergraduate degree in the College of Education in the area of their choice. Certification levels for students graduating after September 2005 are early childhood (preK-grade 3), elementary (grades 2-6), and middle level (grades 5-8). (Note: Students wishing to pursue a bachelor's degree outside of the College of Education and a fifth-year master's degree in either early childhood or elementary education should contact the College of Education's Office of Student Affairs at 803-777-6732 or via e-mail at Teach@gwm.sc.edu. This option is not available to anyone entering the University after September 1, 2003.)

Programs in Secondary Education. Students interested in teaching in high schools may pursue undergraduate degree programs in the subject area they wish to teach. Students should consult an advisor in the appropriate college for information on course work required for teacher certification. This will include subject area and education courses. As early as the sophomore year, students observe and actively participate in classroom settings. Students then complete a fifth-year Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree. This program begins the summer after completion of the undergraduate degree. Deadline for application to the M.T. degree is October 1 prior to the summer of enrollment. To receive a recommendation for professional certification, students must complete both the baccalaureate degree and the M.T. in Education in the College of Education.

K-12 Programs. Students who wish to prepare to become art teachers may pursue an undergraduate degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences; those who wish to become physical education teachers will pursue an undergraduate degree program in the College of Education; those wishing to become music teachers will pursue an undergraduate degree in the School of Music; and those preparing to become K-12 teachers of dance will pursue the bachelor of arts degree with a major in dance in the College of Arts and Sciences. These programs are designed to offer prospective teachers intensive academic study in the subject area in combination with professional training for teaching kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Information regarding teacher preparation programs is available from the Office of ITESA, College of Education, Wardlaw 113 at USC Columbia, or from your advisor.

Professional M.B.A.

The Darla Moore School of Business at USC Columbia enables working professionals to pursue a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with limited travel to Columbia. The University of South Carolina Columbia broadcasts live courses via satellite to such public locations as USC Union.

Program details are available in the academic dean’s office at USC Union.

Opportunity Scholars Program

The Opportunity Scholars Program is federally funded and designed to assist students throughout their college career. Academic support for eligible students includes academic counseling, tutoring, mentoring, and cultural activities programming.

Generally, financial aid recipients, first-generation college students, and disabled students are eligible for program services.

USC Upstate

The University of South Carolina Upstate offers the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, and the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. See your advisor or the USC Spartanburg bulletin or visit USCS’s Web site at www.uscs.edu for further information.

R.N. to B.S.N.

The University of South Carolina Union and the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate work in partnership to offer educational opportunities to R.N.s who have graduated with an accredited associate’s degree or diploma in nursing. Bachelor of Science in Professional Nursing courses are available on South Carolina Educational Television. The courses are taught by USC Upstate faculty and viewed at USC Union.

Information on the R.N. to B.S.N. program may be acquired by contacting USC Union’s Admissions Office or the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate.

University 101

University 101 is a three-hour seminar course, open for credit only to freshmen and to other undergraduate students (i.e., transfer students) in their first semester at USC Union. This course provides an introduction to the nature and importance of university education and a general orientation to the functions and resources of the University.

The course helps new students adjust to the University, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills. It also provides students a support group in a critical year by examining problems common to the new-student experience. Extensive reading and writing assignments relevant to the student’s college experience are required.

Organized in small groups of 20–25 students, University 101 is taught by faculty members and administrative personnel who have a special interest in working with new students. The course may be taken as part of a student’s regular load or as an overload. Course credit is awarded on a letter-grade basis. Credit is applicable as elective credit toward almost all baccalaureate degrees offered by the University.

Evening Program

For the benefit of those whose personal or work schedules make day attendance impossible or impractical, USC Union offers numerous courses after 5 p.m., in two different formats: one hour and 15 minute classes meet twice per week in the early evening, and 2 hour and 45 minute classes meet once per week in the later evening.

Off-Campus/Laurens Classes

USC Union offers a variety of courses in Laurens at the Laurens Higher Education Center. This program offers area citizens the opportunity to begin their postsecondary education career near home. Students may expect to complete their freshman year before having to commute to Union or other area institutions to complete their degree. The local phone number is 864-983-1517.

Independent Learning by Correspondence

Independent learning courses are designed for students who are unable to attend classes on campus. Teachers and persons in business fields often find these courses useful for professional development, and many take courses for self-improvement.

Admission. Independent learning courses may begin at any time. Formal admission to the University is not required. However, degree-seeking students are responsible for determining that courses are applicable for their purposes. An application must be completed for enrollment. Textbooks may be ordered from the University Bookstore. A textbook order form and price list are included in the Independent Learning Bulletin.

Academic Regulations. The courses offered through independent learning meet the same University standards of prerequisites, sequence, etc., that are required in residence work. The maximum time for completion of a course is 12 months from the date of enrollment. The minimum time limit for completion for a college-level course is two months from the date of enrollment.

University of South Carolina students who wish to enroll in independent learning courses must secure the approval of the dean of the school or college in which they are registered. Students planning to transfer independent learning credits to another institution should secure the approval of that institution prior to enrollment.

A maximum of 30 semester hours earned through independent learning may be applied toward a degree. Students who wish to take independent learning courses during the last 30 semester hours of degree credits must petition for permission through the dean of the school or college in which they are majoring.

Examinations. Examinations must, when possible, be taken at the University. Otherwise, the examination must be supervised by an official approved by the Office of Distance Education.

In order to receive credit for an independent learning course, a student must make a passing grade on the final examination. Students are expected to maintain a passing average on all written assignments, but the assignment grades will not be counted toward the final grade unless the student passes the final examination.

Teacher Certification. Independent learning credits may be applicable for educator certificate renewal. Specific questions concerning South Carolina certification or renewal of teaching credentials should be directed to Teacher Certification, South Carolina Department of Education, 1600 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Call them at 803-734-8466, or visit them on the Internet at licensure@sde.state.sc-us. Teachers in other states should contact their respective Departments of Education.

For further information, contact the Office of Distance Education, 915 Gregg Street, Columbia, SC 29208, 864-777-7210, or toll free at 800-922-2577.

Independent Study

These courses, numbered 399, are available for advanced students who wish to engage in additional study and research in specific areas of interest. Students work under the supervision of a USC Union professor, and a contract approved by the instructor, advisor, and academic dean is required.

Graduate Studies

USC Union provides a variety of graduate opportunities for students through careful integration of traditional on-campus courses and use of the latest technology.

The Extended Campus offers courses each semester in areas such as early childhood education, elementary education, and school administration and curriculum. In addition, through distance education capabilities, USC Union makes available two complete master’s degree programs, in business administration and engineering; the first year of the Master of Social Work (with the exception of methods courses); core courses in the master’s programs in nursing; courses from several colleges to assist educators with certificate renewal needs; and courses designed specifically for library and information science professionals including school library media specialists and other educators. The Extended Campus program director can provide application forms and information about course offerings and schedules. Admitted students should seek advisement from the appropriate graduate director at USC Columbia.

The University endeavors to coordinate graduate offerings in such a way as to follow selected programs of study. However, the University does not guarantee that a graduate student will be able to complete a degree program at USC Union.

Graduate students attending courses at USC Union are subject to the same academic regulations and requirements as students in attendance at USC Columbia, as stated in the Graduate Studies Bulletin. Doctoral students cannot meet residence requirements through enrollment at USC Union.

Continuing Education

The University of South Carolina Union provides a program of continuing education for the people of the region. The continuing education program consists of short courses, workshops, seminars, and activities covering a variety of topics. The purpose of continuing education is to allow people to increase their general knowledge, learn a skill, or satisfy a long-held curiosity. Participants in this program do not receive traditional grades but may be awarded continuing education units (CEUs) in recognition of satisfactorily completing a USC nondegree program.

Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Many students who enter the Associate in Arts or the Associate in Science degree programs intend to apply these credits toward a baccalaureate degree awarded by another institution. These students are advised to work closely with their advisor to outline a program of study for the first two years that will meet preliminary requirements of the four-year major they wish to pursue.

These students are also strongly advised to obtain and use a copy of the bulletin for the Columbia campus or refer to the bulletin online at www.sc.edu/bulletin when determining specific degree requirements. Preliminary general education course work toward the following USC degree programs may be taken at USC Union:

Business Administration

Business Economics
Insurance and Risk Management
Management Science
Real Estate


Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Middle Level Education
Physical Education
For other areas of study, see "Liberal Arts" below


Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management

Interdisciplinary Studies
International Hospitality and Tourism Management
Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management
Sport and Entertainment Management
Technology Support and Training Management

Journalism and Mass Communications

Broadcast Journalism
Public Relations
Visual Communications

Arts and Sciences

African American Studies
Biological Sciences
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Comparative Literature
Criminology and Criminal Justice
European Studies
Film and Media Studies
Foreign Languages
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Studies
Latin American Studies
Marine Science
Medical Technology
Political Science
Religious Studies
Theatre and Dance
Women's and Gender Studies

Library and Information Science

Information Science


Jazz Studies
Music Education
Music History
Music Performance/Piano Pedagogy
Music Theory/Composition





Public Health

Exercise Science
Public Health