Skip to Content

Coronavirus: Get complete details about the university's response to COVID-19.

Palmetto College

  • Woman reads a book

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

If you don't know exactly what career you want to pursue when you graduate, Liberal Studies is a flexible program that fosters critical thinking skills that are valuable in many different fields.  


The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies is issued by USC Columbia.


Businesses and organizations need employees who can write and speak clearly, manage and solve problems and function creatively and effectively in the real world. Your Liberal Studies degree will prepare you for success in these critical areas through a multidisciplinary program you will design with an experienced advisor. The degree allows you to address your interests, offering the opportunity for study in one of two fields: social and behavioral sciences or arts and humanities.

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree requires 120 hours. In addition to general education and elective requirements, students will earn 27 hours in their major option. Students will earn 12 hours in a concentration area different from their major. All students in this program also must take South Carolina studies, complete an internship and take a senior capstone course.                               
See the curriculum


Prerequisites & Requirements

Students must have 60 hours of previous college credit to apply for this online degree program. If you haven't earned your hours yet, you can do so at any of our Palmetto College campuses statewide, or at any technical college. To find out if you're qualified to apply for this program, please contact a Palmetto College advisor.

Total requirements for this degree: 120 hours
Major requirements available online: 48 hours
GPA: 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale)


Program Length

If you’re a full-time student, the program should take about two years—the same as if you were attending class in-person. If you work, you may need to take a lighter course load.
Talk to an advisor about how to balance Palmetto College classes with your schedule.


Important Dates

We strongly encourage you to submit all official credentials within two weeks of applying.

SPRING I 2020 (classes begin January 13)

System Transfer Application: December 1

System Transfer Credentials: December 9

Transfer & Readmit Application: November 8

Transfer & Readmit Credentials: November 15


SPRING II 2020 (classes begin March 16)

System Transfer Application: March 1

System Transfer Credentials: March 8

Transfer & Readmit Application: February 15

Transfer & Readmit Credentials: March 1


SUMMER I 2020 (classes begin May 11)

Application: May 1

Credentials: May 7



Application: June 15

Credentials: June 21


FALL I 2020 (classes begin August 20)

System Transfer Application: July 15

System Transfer Credentials: July 22

Transfer & Readmit Application: July 1

Transfer & Readmit Credentials: July 15


FALL II 2020 (classes begin October 19)

System Transfer Application: October 1

System Transfer Credentials: October 9

Transfer & Readmit Application: September 15

Transfer & Readmit Credentials: September 27



Ready to get started?

Call, chat, or email us today! Our trained advisors can create a plan that takes into account your earned credits and your unique circumstances.

If you've already talked to a Palmetto College advisor, just follow the application instructions for this degree.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.