The Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies Program (BLS) is only available to students on USC’s regional campuses or online through Palmetto College. It is designed to provide 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.
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. As part of the application process, 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.
The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BLS) is designed for students who want to pursue liberal studies without a major in a single discipline.
Must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the minimal passing grade on the exit examination in the 122 course is required. Students can demonstrate this proficiency by successfully completing Phase II of the Proficiency Test or by successfully completing the 122 course, including the exit exam administered as part of that course.
It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college-level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.
Must include two disciplines
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:
A minimum of 27 hours from two of the following disciplines:
ArtEnglishHistoryLanguagesNative American Studies *PhilosophyReligious StudiesTheatre
AstronomyBiological SciencesChemistryEnvironmental StudiesGeological StudiesHealth Promotion, Education and Behavior Marine ScienceMathematicsPhysicsStatistics
AnthropologyCriminology and Criminal justiceEconomicsGeographyHealth Promotion, Education and BehaviorNative American Studies*Political sciencePsychologySociologySocial Work
*The most updated list of courses designated as fulfilling the Native American Studies option will be listed on the BA in Liberal Studies program website: http://saeu.sc.edu/academics/programs/LiberalStudies/index.html.
2. Major Requirements (36 Hours)
Required Courses (9 hours)
The following three courses are required of all majors:
The student's major will be chosen from TWO of the following disciplines (27 hours). All courses must be at the upper level with at least 15 hours at the 400-level or above. All grades must be C or better. A minimum of 12 hours is required in each of the two disciplines. At least 15 hours must be USC courses. No more than 12 hours of the major will be accepted in transfer.
Art English History Languages Native American Studies * Philosophy Religious Studies Theatre
Astronomy Biological Sciences Chemistry Environmental Studies Geological Studies Health Promotion, Education and Behavior Marine Science Mathematics Physics Statistics
Anthropology Criminology and Criminal justice Economics Geography Health Promotion, Education and Behavior Native American Studies* Political science Psychology Sociology
*The most updated list of courses designated as fulfilling the Native American Studies option will be listed on the BA in Liberal Studies program website:
All grades must be C or better.
The cognate is comprised of a discipline NOT included in the student’s major but philosophically/ontologically joined to it.
A minimum of 12 hours of course work at the 300 level or above from one of the following disciplines:
AnthropologyArtBusinessCriminal justiceDanceEconomicsEducationEnglishGeographyHistoryHealth Promotion, Education and BehaviorLanguagesMathematicsNative American Studies*PhilosophyPolitical SciencePsychologyPhysical and/or Biological sciencesReligious StudiesSocial WorkSociologyTheatre
The cognate cannot be a discipline included in the student’s major option. No more than six hours of transfer work may be applied to the cognate.
*Courses designated as fulfilling the Native American Studies option will be listed on the BA in Liberal Studies program website: http://saeu.sc.edu/academics/programs/LiberalStudies/index.html.
*Courses designated as fulfilling the Native American Studies option will be listed on the BA in Liberal Studies program website: http://www.sc.edu/about/system_and_campuses/palmetto_college/internal/faculty_and_staff/information_for_faculty_and_advisors/index.php.
This change will allow students greater flexibility in designing an interdisciplinary degree program that will better suit their educational goals.
Date: October 31, 2016
To: Dr. K.C. Kirasic, Chair, Curriculum and Courses Committee
From: Chris Nesmith, Assoc. Provost, Palmetto College
Re: Concurrence from Palmetto College for Liberal Studies
I am providing this memo of concurrence from the Palmetto College campuses for the proposed changes to the Liberal Studies degree. Palmetto College is the author of the proposal, but due to the approval structure of the electronic approval system, this memo is required.
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
Action does not require BOT, CHE, or SACS approval.