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Liberal Arts Majors

Majors in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts

Carolina Core is the University of South Carolina's general education requirements for every degree program. The table below lists the Carolina Core requirements that must be fulfilled for this major. Each requirement is followed by the USC courses that fulfill the requirement, as well as the technical college courses that you may have taken that are considered equivalent to the USC course, and therefore also fulfill the Carolina Core requirement.

This list does not include every technical college course that is available for transfer to USC. You are not required to take all courses listed prior to transferring. Rather, it is a guide for you and your advisors.* Courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher in order to be considered for transfer credit.
 

Carolina Core Requirement USC Course(s) Technical College Course Equivalent(s)
Writing (CMW) (6 hours)
Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communications

ENGL 101 and 102*

*If ENGL 102 is taken as a non-USC course, students will be required to take an additional 1 hour Information Literacy Core course while at USC.
ENG 101 and 102
Historical Thinking (GHS) (6 hours)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
 
HIST 101–109 Any 100 level History (Non-US History)
HIST 111 or 112 HIS 201 or 202
Foreign Language (GFL)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding

Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the minimal passing grade on the exit examination in the 122 course. Students transferring credit equivalent to the USC 109 and 110 may enroll in USC 122 to complete the required sequence. One foreign language selected from:
  • FRE 101, 102 (equivalent to FREN 109, 110)
  • GER 101, 102 (equivalent to GERM 109, 110)
  • SPA 101, 102 (equivalent to SPAN 109, 110)
Scientific Literacy (SCI) (8 hours) Two laboratory courses selected from:
  • BIOL
  • CHEM
  • PHYS
Two laboratory courses selected from:
  • BIO 101, 102, 112, 205, 210, 211
  • CHM 105, 110, 111
  • PHS 101, 102, 115; PHYS 201, 202, 221, 222
Social Sciences (GSS)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
Two courses from the social sciences are required for the B.A. and B.S. degree.

*Specific course limitations apply. See your advisor or consult the University Bulletin for specifics.
The following technical college courses will satisfy the social sciences requirements:
  • ANT 101, 202, 203
  • CRJ 101, 115, 125, 130, 220, 242
  • ECO 201, 210, 211
  • GEO 101, 102,
  • PSC 201, 205, 215, 220
  • PSY 201, 203, 204, 205, 208, 212, 214, 215, 220, 225, 240
  • SOC 101, 102, 151, 204, 206, 210, 220, 235
Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (ARP) (6 hours)  All students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree must take one of the following options. It must be six hours total. Students should consult the University Bulletin for specific requirements for specific majors. 
Option 1:
MATH 122 or 141 AND

An additional course from:
  • Mathematics (at next highest level)
  • Philosophy 110 or 11
  • Computer Science 101 or higher
  • Statistics 201
Option 1:
MAT 130 or 140 AND

One of the following:
  • MAT 122, 141, 240, 242
  • PHI 105, 106
  • CPT 101, 111, 112, 114, 132, 204, 211, 233, 244 or 264
  • MAT 120, 165
Option 2:
Two courses from any of the following:
  • PHI 110, 111
  • CSCE 101
  • STAT 201
Option 2:
Two courses from any of the following:
  • PHI 105, 106
  • CPT 101
  • MAT 120, 165
For a Bachelor of Science degree, students must take a minimum of 12 hours, to include (as specified by major department): 
  • MATH 122 or 141
  • MATH 142, 170, or 172
  • STAT 201 (or equivalent) or higher
  • CSCE 102 (or equivalent) or higher
  • MAT 130 or 140
  • MAT 122 or 141
  • MAT 120
  • CPT 111, 112, 114, 132, 204, 211, 233, 244, or 264
Fine Arts or Literature (AIU) (3 hours)
Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
Choose one fine art or literature One course selected from:
  • ART 101, 105, 107, 108, 111, 112
  • ENG 201, 202, 203, 205, 206, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 214, 218, 222, 230, 234, 235, 236
  • MUS 105, 110
  • THE 101, 105, 205
Humanities and Fine Arts (AIU) (3-9 hours)
Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
Additional hours from any remaining courses.

*Specific course limitations apply. See your advisor or consult the University Bulletin for specifics.
  • HIS 104, 105, 112, 115, 130, 131, 230, 235
  • ENG 238
  • REL 101, 102, 103
  • SPC 205, 208, 209, 210, 215.
  • May include additional fine arts and literature courses.

*Technical students must meet all requirements for admission to USC and must be accepted through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Consult the University Bulletin for specific entrance requirements. Nothing in the foregoing supersedes any University, college, departmental, or programmatic regulation or policy. The most up-to-date transfer credit guide is available at www.sc.edu/admissions.