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College of Social Work Majors

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. You must have a GPA of 2.25 to be considered for admission.

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 beginning Fall 2012, the addition of an INF course will be required.
ENG 101 and 102
Spoken Component (CMS) (3 hours)
Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication
SPCH 140 SPC 205
Foreign Language (GFL)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. This ability can be demonstrated by achieving a score of two or better on a USC foreign language test. Those failing to do so must satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at USC.

Two courses in the same 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)
Historical Thinking (GHS) (6 hours)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
Select one from each option:
  • HIS 111 or 112
  • Any 100 level History course
Select one from each option:
  • HIS 201 or 202
  • HIS 101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 108, or 109
Social Sciences (GSS) (6 hours)
Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding
Choose one:
  • PSYC 101
  • SOCY 101
Choose one:
  • PSY 201
  • SOC 101
Fine Arts (AIU) (3 hours)
Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
One course from:
  • ARTE 101
  • ARTH 105, 106
  • ARTS 103, 104
  • MUSC 110, 115
  • THEA 200
One course from:
  • ART 101, 107, 108
  • ARV 121, 122, 123
  • MUS 105, 110
  • THE 220, 221
Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (ARP) (6-7 hours)  STAT 201 AND MAT 120 or 165 AND
An additional course from:
  • MATH 122 or 141
  • Additional statistics course
An additional course from:
  • MATH 130 or 140
  • Not available at technical colleges
Scientific Literacy (SCI) (7 hours) Choose one Biology Laboratory Science: BIOL 101/101L, 102/102L, 110, 120/120L, 243/243L, 244/244L, 270/270L AND Choose one Biology Laboratory Science: BIO 101, 102, 105, 112, 210, 211, or 205/206 AND
One additional course selected from:
  • BIOL
  • CHEM
  • PHYS
One additional course selected from:
  • BIO 101, 102, 112, 205, 210, 211
  • CHM 105, 110, 111
  • PHS 101, 102, 115, 201, 202, 221, 222
Other Required Courses    One 200 level literature course ENG 203, 205, 206, 214, 218, 222
One Economics course ECO 201 or ECO 210/211
One Philosophy course PHI 101, 105
POLI 201 PSC 201

*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.