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Palmetto College

Liberal Studies

Course Listing

General Education Requirements (44-54 hours)

General Education courses are not guaranteed to be offered online. However, many are. Contact your program advisor for more information.

Major Requirements (36 hours)

Required Courses:

9 hours. All grades must be C or better.
PALM 493  SC Studies (3)
PALM 494  Internship (3)
UNIV 401P  Senior Capstone Experience (3)

Major Option:

27 hours. All grades must be C or better. All courses must be at the upper level with at least 15 hours at the 400-level or above. A minimum of 12 hours is required in each of the two disciplines. At least 15 hours must be USC courses. No more than 12 hours of the major will be accepted in transfer. Choose 27 hours from courses in ONE of the following TWO options:

Social/Behavioral Sciences:
5 courses in one, 4 in the other.

5 course in one, 4 courses in the other.


12 hours. Choose 12 hours from any one of the disciplines listed above that is not in your major option. Coursework must be at the 300 or above level. No more than six hours of transfer work may be applied to the cognate. Prior hours earned in a different discipline may apply. All grades must be C or better.

*If the Arts/Humanities option is selected for either the Major or the Cognate, an English course at the 200 level must be completed as a prerequisite requirement.

Electives 24-31 hours

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Victimization (Credits: 3) CRJU 421

Causes and consequences of criminal victimization and public policy responses to victimization issues.

Corrections (Credits: 3) CRJU 312

Current and historical perspectives on incarceration and its alternatives.

Criminal Law (Credits: 3) CRJU 314

Origin and development of criminal law in America. Basic elements of crimes and defenses.

Violence in America (Credits: 3) CRJU 323

Historical overview of violence in American society, including theoretical perspectives on the causes and prevention of violence.

Terrorism and Homeland Security (Credits: 3) CRJU 491T

History, definition, and nature of terrorism, including strategic objectives of terrorists.

Juvenile Delinquency and Justice (Credits: 3) CRJU 351

Social factors in the development, identification, and treatment of delinquents.

Criminal Justice and Mental Health (Credits: 3) CRJU 426

Interface between the mental health sciences and the criminal justice system.

Survey of Learning and Memory (Credits: 3) PSYC 400

Research and applications concerning the acquisition of new behavior and knowledge, including accounts based on classical and instrumental conditioning and on information-processing models.

Survey of Social Psychology (Credits: 3) PSYC 430

Introduction to theory and research in social psychology from a psychological viewpoint. Topics include social perception, social cognition, attitudes, interpersonal relationships, aggression, pro-social behavior, and group processes.

Survey of Developmental Psychology (Credits: 3) PSYC 420

Psychological development from conception to late adulthood. Topics include physical, cognitive, and social processes associated with development at each stage of the life cycle.

Sensation and Perception (Credits: 3) PSYC 450

Processing of information from the environment. Physiological, physical, psychological, and contextual determinants of perception.

Psychology of Religion (Credits: 3) PSYC 320

The development of the religious consciousness and its various expressions, the psychological dynamics of growth and conversion, response to crisis, and the relation of spiritual practice to health and wholeness.

Industrial Psychology (Credits: 3) PSYC 350

Psychological techniques applied to various industrial problem areas, such as management and supervision, morale, efficiency, training, personnel selection and placement, and relations among personnel.

Cognitive Psychology (Credits: 3) PSYC 405

Research and theories on sensory memory, attention, short-term and working memory, human learning and forgetting, imagery, long-term memory, speech perception, reading, language, thinking and problem solving, and decision making.

Sociology of the Family (Credits: 3) SOCY 305

Sociological perspectives related to various aspects of family behaviors, roles, and values.

Bureaucracy and Modern Society (Credits: 3) SOCY 312

Bureaucracies in the public and private sector, their internal dynamics and relationship to the social environment.

Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (Credits: 3) SOCY 304

Historical and contemporary power relationships in race, social class, gender, and sexual orientation.

Introduction to Social Problems (Credits: 3) SOCY 340

Normative dissensus and behavioral deviance in society, and their consequences for social change and social order. Problems may include: mental disorders, juvenile delinquency, crime, drug abuse, alcoholism, suicide, sexual pathology, race and ethnic relations, world population crises, and work problems.

Sociology of Delinquent Youth Behavior (Credits: 3) SOCY 350

Social factors in the development, identification, and treatment of delinquents.

Community Organization (Credits: 3) SOCY 308

An analysis of formal and informal organization, the interrelationships among public and private agencies, and means through which community action programs are initiated, coordinated, and maintained.

Ecology of Human Social Systems (Credits: 3) SOCY 311

Relationships among and changes in populations, social organization, technology, and the environment.

Collective Behavior (Credits: 3) SOCY 354

An analysis of crowds, publics, social movements, and the mass society in terms of their institutional and social psychological consequences.


British Romantic Literature (Credits: 3) ENGL 411

Poetry and prose of the English Romantic period.

African-American Literature II: 1903 – Present (Credits: 3) ENGL 428B

Representative works of African-American writers from 1903 to the present.

Business Writing (Credits: 3) ENGL 463

Extensive practice in different types of business writing, from brief letters to formal articles and reports.

Great Books of the Western World I (Credits: 3) ENGL 390

European masterpieces from antiquity to the beginning of the Renaissance.

Southern Literature (Credits: 3) ENGL 427

Representative works of Southern writers.

American Literature to 1830 (Credits: 3) ENGL 420

Colonial, Revolutionary, and early Romantic poetry and pros.

Victorian Literature (Credits: 3) ENGL 412

Poetry and prose from the 1830s to the end of the century.

Women Writers (Credits: 3) ENGL 437

Representative works written by women.

United States History Since 1945 (Credits: 3) HIST 407

A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural developments in the period after World War II.

The New South (Credits: 3) HIST 443

Reconstruction, the Bourbon era, agrarian revolt, industrial revolution, racial problems, and the changes resulting from the impact of two world wars and the New Deal (1865-1946).

The New Nation, 1789-1828 (Credits: 3) HIST 402

The new republic and the developing democratic spirit in politics and culture.

Modern Latin America (Credits: 3) HIST 421

Traditional society in the area and problems arising from social, economic, and political changes since independence; comparative studies of national responses to these problems.

The Middle East in Modern Times (Credits: 3) HIST 347

The impact of modern civilization upon the Middle East, including the history of the Arab, Turkish, Iranian, and Israeli segments of the Middle East during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1877 (Credits: 3) HIST 404

The political, military, and social history of the War and the reorganization which followed.

The Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1917 (Credits: 3) HIST 405

A survey of recent United States history with emphasis on the economic, social, and literary developments from 1877 to 1917.

Required Courses

South Carolina Studies (Credits: 3) PALM 493

Reading and writing about South Carolina from the perspective of multiple disciplines, incorporating elements of the student's major and cognate.

Internship (Credits: 3) PALM 494

Supervised immersion and exploration in a field related to the major, with a career, cultural, or community focus.

Senior Capstone Experience (Credits: 3) UNIV 401

Integration of major program of study and general education; issues of transition into graduate school and/or employment; group project, intensive writing/speaking.