College of Arts and SciencesAt a Glance
In the University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences, we explore solutions to the world’s biggest challenges and answers to life’s most enduring questions. It’s a place to push the frontiers of science, art and culture not only to make a better world, but to instill greater meaning within it.
With the largest choice of majors, minors and courses of any college at the university, Arts and Sciences students can explore their strengths, gain a broad education and prepare for a career with infinite possibilities. We study the smallest particles known to science and the biggest social movements in history. We uncover mysteries about ancient civilization and hidden gems in literature. All united by an urge to explore, solve and create.
In this dynamic academic community, faculty create meaningful experiences in the classroom and beyond to give each student a strong basis for further study and their future careers. They teach most classes in the Carolina Core so the college hones critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills for all students at the university, regardless of major.COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Prepared for the Future
Rigorous and diverse coursework and beyond-the-classroom experiences prepare graduates to adapt successfully within a globalizing world. Eleven programs — social psychology, criminology, history, political science, clinical psychology, statistics, sociology, English, mathematics, chemistry and earth sciences graduate programs — are ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.ACADEMICS
The World is a Classroom
The College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual, artistic, scientific and instructional heart of the university. Our students pair disciplines to create their own pathways and enjoy a well-rounded education that includes a vast range of experiential learning opportunities and options.DEPARTMENTS, SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS
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Battling blazes with math and maps
The Columbia-Richland Fire Department is now equipped with unexpected tools to battle blazes: maps, graphs and statistics. A University of South Carolina geography graduate lead the way in bringing these tools that calculate and cut off many fire risks before they even occur.
Meet the Black alumnae whose contributions are commemorated on the Horseshoe
As a tribute to the Black alumnae featured in the student-produced documentary The Backbone, USC’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion installed 18 personalized bricks on the Horseshoe. The honorees' stories span seven decades of university history.
Poet laureate pens verse for USC
Poetry has been ingrained in Jennifer Bartell Boykin’s life since she was young, and it’s followed her through adventures as a student, journalist, teacher, advisor and more. Now, it’s empowering her as Columbia’s new poet laureate.
Student finds his path through internship in Germany
Jahleel Johnson gains confidence and insight as part of a prestigious youth exchange program between the U.S. State Department and the German congress.
Our students, faculty and alumni are working together for the health of South Carolina. From biologists and chemists studying the building blocks of life and the epicenters of disease to psychologists improving our understanding of mental health and how to help people make healthier choices. We bring together bright minds from our academic community and the larger university to work on research, public outreach and campuswide educational opportunities.HEALTH SCIENCES
A Community of Learning
As the university's largest and most academically diverse college, we are a driver for innovation. Our research and scientific discoveries deepen social and cultural understanding, advance equity and social discourse and provide solutions that have a positive impact on our state and world. We’re always creating something new, whether it be a new formula in a laboratory, novel art in a studio or a new insight on life.RESEARCH
Driving Innovation Everywhere
Our graduates are found worldwide as CEOs, scientists, government leaders, film directors and many other roles. Explore countless career paths and degree options within more than 20 departments and schools, 16 interdisciplinary programs and an ever-growing number of centers and institutes.APPLY