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College of Arts and Sciences

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Interdisciplinary Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences offers eight interdisciplinary majors that allow you to combine knowledge from a variety of perspectives, developing the intellectual tools you need to answer questions and address social issues by making connections between academic disciplines.

Majors

In the African American Studies Program, you will use interdisciplinary tools and resources to study the experiences of people of African descent and to evaluate historical, cultural, social, economic and political developments in South Carolina, the South, the United States, and beyond.

 With an interdisciplinary program of study focusing on the natural sciences, combined with outstanding academic and healthcare resources and research facilities, the Cardiovascular Technology degree program helps prepare students to work directly with heart patients. 

Once you have a foundation in comparative literature, we encourage you to begin developing your own degree path and research agenda. This freedom allows you to explore exciting and innovative ways to study language, literature, art and culture in a way that speaks to your own passions and interests.

Cyber Intelligence prepares you to master all sides of cybersecurity challenges — political, psychological, and global. Courses from computer science, mathematics, geography, philosophy, political science and more will give you a holistic foundation for understanding and solving problems at the intersection of technology, human behavior and policy.

The BS in Environmental Science curriculum is designed to give students a strong scientific background while allowing them the flexibility to choose courses that address their specific interests.

The BA in Environmental Studies degree incorporates critical social, economic, policy, communications, and/or humanities components. The curriculum prepares students to address complex environmental problems requiring knowledge and understanding from multiple social and science disciplines that are framed in an environmental context.

The Film and Media Studies Program is devoted to the critical study of media culture. In a world where we interact daily with one screen after another—on our cell phones, televisions, mobile devices as well as at the multiplex—our students gain the knowledge and skills for understanding and engaging the work of screen media in society.

The Global Studies Program offers a flexible, interdisciplinary degree that explores our interconnected world. You will become familiar with the complex historical and contemporary relationships and processes that link people and places together.

The BS in Marine Science offers a holistic approach to the study of the oceans. Interdisciplinary in nature, the degree draws upon subject matter in many different fields of scientific endeavor, including Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Environmental, Physics, Engineering, Environmental Health and Social Sciences combined into an individually-tailored curriculum.

The BS in Neuroscience brings together the multiple scientific disciplines that focus on the nervous system. This program offers students a strong background in basic science alongside specialization within a concentration area and extensive opportunities for hands-on research experience.

Women's and Gender Studies will prepare you to think critically and examine society through the lens of equality and social justice. Our interdisciplinary field offers you the opportunity to explore a wide variety of topics ranging from women’s health to globalization. The program looks at gender and its intersections with race, class and other important categories of identity to understand the lives of women and men.

Minors

Our outstanding faculty and interdisciplinary approach will help you gain a greater understanding of African politics, history and culture

Explore North Africa, East Africa, Southwest Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia in our Islamic Studies minor. These disparate places have been tied together over centuries through vast networks created by trade, imperialism, religion, and human migration. 

The Law and Society minor is designed to excite your interest in the law, get you reading, thinking and writing critically about it, and encourage you to think about the complexities of the role of law in society.

Linguistics is the scientific study of language in all its aspects. These issues are investigated from diverse perspectives, including biological, cognitive, developmental, educational, historical and sociocultural ones.

The Medical Humanities and Culture minor offers a range of courses in the humanities and social sciences that explore the ethical, social, representational and historical dimensions of disease, health, disability and health care.

The Neuroscience Minor provides the opportunity to develop a strong background in how the nervous system works from the cellular and molecular to the social and behavioral levels. This minor is ideal for students interested in medicine or graduate studies in neuroscience-related disciplines, as well as students simply interested in gaining a better understanding of their own interactions with the world.

Explore Central Europe, Russia and the Caucasus, and Central and Northern Asia. The Russian and Eurasian Studies program sponsors a series of lectures by visiting speakers, research presentations by USC faculty and graduate students, and an undergraduate minor. 
The Russian program will immerse you in Russian culture, language and literature. You'll love the innovative classes, committed faculty who are dedicated to your success, and engaged and motivated classmates.

 


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