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Carolina Core for Students

The Carolina Core is the foundation of USC’s undergraduate academic experience. Carolina Core courses prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to thrive in an increasingly complex world. Students select foundational Carolina Core courses that span the liberal arts and sciences.  In addition they choose an integrated Carolina Core course in their program major and apply Core competencies in that particular field.

Core Courses by Learning Outcome

The Carolina Core has 10 Core components, each with learning outcome and credit hour requirements. The Carolina Core Requirements Chart shows what students need to take in order to satisfy the curriculum.

Overlay Courses
Most foundational Carolina Core courses meet 1 of the learning outcome requirements, but overlay courses offer students the option of meeting 2 Core learning outcomes in a single course. No more than 2 overlay courses may be used to complete the Carolina Core requirements.

See which courses are available that fulfill each area of learning.

  • AIU
    Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
  • ARP
    Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving
  • CMW
    Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication:
    Written Component
  • GSS
    Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding:
    Social Sciences
  • GHS
    Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding:
    Historical Thinking
  • GFL
    Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding:
    Foreign Language
  • SCI
    Scientific Literacy
  • CMS
    Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken
  • INF
    Information Literacy
  • VSR
    Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
Consult an Advisor for more on the Core

Students should talk with their advisor about Carolina Core course selection. Careful choice of courses with the guidance of an advisor enriches learning and helps students move toward timely 4-year degree completion.

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