College of Liberal Arts USC


 Graduate Index

Joan Hinde Stewart, Dean

Ina Rae Hark, Associate Dean
Mary Ann Byrnes, Assistant Dean
Kristia H. Finnigan, Assistant Dean


The College of Liberal Arts consists of the Departments of Anthropology; Art; English; French and Classics; Geography; Germanic, Slavic, and East Asian Languages and Literatures; Government and International Studies; History; Philosophy; Psychology; Religious Studies; Sociology; Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese; and Theatre, Speech, and Dance. In addition, the college includes interdepartmental programs in comparative literature, film studies, linguistics, public history, and women’s studies; interdisciplinary research opportunities are available through the Institute for Southern Studies and the Richard L. Walker Institute of International Studies. Please refer to"The University" section of this bulletin for further information about these institutes.

The Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In the Department of Psychology, the graduate degrees in clinical-community psychology are accredited by the American Psychological Association; graduate degrees in school psychology are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Association of School Psychologists, with the doctoral program also being accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Master of Public Administration degree offered by the Department of Government and International Studies is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the University/Resident Theatre Association and is affiliated with the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. Through selected degree programs, the College of Liberal Arts participates in the teacher education programs of the University which are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

The College of Liberal Arts offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Media Arts, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science, and, in cooperation with the College of Education, a Master of Arts in Teaching for uncertified teachers and an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree for teachers who have been certified. The Linguistics Program offers a certificate of Graduate Study in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. A Certificate of Graduate Study in Museum Management is offered by the college through the McKissick Museum. A Certificate of Graduate Study in Women’s Studies is available through the Women’s Studies Program. For further information about admission and degree requirements, please consult "The Graduate School" section of this bulletin and the individual departments listed in the College of Liberal Arts.

Admission Requirements and Degree Requirements

Each program and each department sets specific admission requirements and degree requirements that conform to The Graduate School’s requirements, and which are detailed within the separate entries for this college. The general requirements may be found earlier in this bulletin (see "The Graduate School").

Comparative Literature
English Language and Literature
French and Classics
Germanic, Slavic and Oriental Languages and Literatures
Government and International Studies
Religious Studies
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
Theatre, Speech and Dance
Women's Studies

Most admission decisions focus upon the content of undergraduate and prior graduate degree-seeking work, grade point average, scores on standardized predictor tests, letters of recommendation, and evidence of experiences and performance relevant to the degree being sought. The particular degree program can provide information about the details and the relevant weighting of these various criteria. Any questions not resolved by reading the specific program or departmental entry can be addressed to the graduate admissions chair for that specific degree program.

Museum Management

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Museum Management will be awarded upon the completion of 18 semester hours including one internship project. The content of the project will be designed to suit the needs of the individual student.

All students must complete the core curriculum of 12 semester hours. Six approved hours may be taken in subject areas of graduate degree study such as anthropology, art, business administration, history, library and information science, or public administration. A number of departments have integrated the certificate program within their own areas of study. Up to six semester hours are recognized by the Departments of Anthropology and Art, the College of Library and Information Science, and the Master of Public Administration Program. The Department of History recognizes up to nine semester hours.

For more information about this program, write: Museum Management Program, McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.

Course Descriptions (COLA)

Required Courses

  • 500–Selected Topics in Civilization and Culture. (3)
  • 700–Administration and Management of Museums. (3) The history and purpose of museums are examined. The basic management functions of museums and related cultural properties are considered.
  • 701–Functions and Interpretation of Museums. (3) This course is an introduction to the basic functions of museums: collection, preservation, conservation, and exhibition.
  • 702–Museum Internship. (6) (Prereq: COLA 700 and 701) This course is an internship in an AAM accredited museum. Students work under supervision in a museum setting.


Elective Courses

  • 703–Museum Management: Independent Study. (3) (Prereq: COLA 700 and 701) Independent study in museum practices.
  • 704–Readings in Museum Management. (3) (Prereq: COLA 700 and 701) A critical examination of the literature on museum problems, history, and philosophy.

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