Liberal Studies, B.A.
Overview of the BLS
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.
Admission and Graduation Standards
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.
Degree Requirements (120 Hours)
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
The following three courses are required of all majors:
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.
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 sciencePsychologySociology
*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 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.
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
*Courses designated as fulfilling the Native American Studies option will be listed on the BA in Liberal Studies program website.
We are making two changes to the Liberal Studies degree:
1. We are changing the current general education requirement from requiring SPCH 140, to include any approved Carolina Core CMS course. This would of course include SPCH 140, but would also allow other CMS courses to meet this requirement.
2. Through a previous APPS action, we sought and received approval through Faculty Senate for a new course, PALM 401, "Palmetto Senior Capstone," which we are now seeking approval to require in place of the current requirement of UNIV 401, "Senior Capstone."
All other degree requirements will remain the same.
This program change was initiated by the Palmetto College Campuses Currisulum committee, and was approved by the Palmetto College Faculty Senate, Sept. 2017.
--Chris Nesmith, Associate Provost for Palmetto College Campuses
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We are moving your proposal forward to the Faculty Senate. It is recommended someone from the department attend the next Faculty Senate meeting in case there are questions from the floor regarding your proposal.
We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
John Gerdes, Chair
Faculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses
Minor revisions. No BOT, CHE, or SACS notification required.