FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I qualify for Back to Carolina?
You need to be at least 25 years of age, have earned a minimum of 60 credit hours and be eligible to return to USC.
What’s the degree?
Back to Carolina offers the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (120 credit hours), a multidisciplinary degree that prepares students for life after college. Working in collaboration with an Extended University advisor, each student selects a curriculum that focuses on study in two disciplines. In addition, students take courses specific to the liberal studies degree as well as cognate and elective courses.
What are my choices of disciplines?
Students will choose three (two major disciplines and one cognate discipline) of these areas of study: English, history, psychology, sociology and criminal justice. Students must take four to five courses in each of the selected areas of study.
How does an online program work?
Courses are offered through the Internet. Students can schedule class and study times at their convenience. Back to Carolina instructors are full-time USC faculty specifically trained to teach online. Students also receive one-on-one advisement. Our advisors are trained to understand the challenges of returning and adult learners. They are aware of the difficulties of adding college to an already busy schedule.
How much of the degree is offered online?
All courses required for the Liberal Studies major are available via the Internet. However, not all general education classes are guaranteed to be available online. If you need classes outside the major, your advisor will help you find options.
Is financial aid available?
Many returning students may qualify for some form of financial assistance. Back to Carolina advisors can tell you how to apply.
What are the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies?
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is a four-year multidisciplinary degree (120 credit hours). The Program of Study is comprised of general education courses, major specific courses, a two-discipline major option, in addition to a cognate and elective courses.
What online courses are available to me?
Click for a list of Back to Carolina courses offered through the Internet.
What’s the next step?
To begin in Fall 2013, please contact us by June 1. Please be aware that the deadlines for admission and financial aid are not the same. Contact an advisor in the Extended University Office to get started. Our advisors can assess your eligibility and assist with admissions.