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College of Arts and Sciences

Centers and Institutes

Our centers and institutes bring together bright minds from throughout the college and the university to work on research, public outreach and campuswide educational opportunities.

The Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society builds diverse communities for the study of technology, medicine and science in past and present societies. It fosters collaboration across colleges and programs to bring together scientists, humanists and members of the medical profession.  

Learning to care for our incredible coast requires a hands-on approach. That’s why, in addition to our lab facilities in Columbia, we study in our 17,500-acre living laboratory at the coast.

The Center for Bioethics serves as a locus for interdisciplinary research, education and service in bioethics and the medical humanities, addressing these areas at local, regional and national levels.

A joint initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences and University Libraries, the center seeks to bring our civil rights history to life and inspire an informed dialogue about today's social justice issues. It preserves, documents and promotes the contributions of the state of South Carolina to the broader American civil rights movement.

RCCWB is an NIGMS/NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) focused on prevention research impacting the well-being of children ages 2 to 10, with the dual goal of (1) reducing risk for social, emotional, and behavioral problems, and (2) decreasing unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. As a collaborative venture between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Arnold School of Public Health, the RCCWB seeks to accelerate the scientific trajectories of promising early-career faculty as prevention scientists.

Lives and property can be saved if we can learn what a disaster, like a hurricane, will do before it occurs. The institute studies planning, responses and works to identify trends in natural disasters.

The History Center nurtures scholarship and engages with the community to promote the historical craft.

The mission of the Humanities Collaborative at the University of South Carolina is to advance interdisciplinary humanistic inquiry by initiating new collaborations and supporting ongoing programs among faculty, students, and members of the public.   

Established in 2007  to encourage the scholarly study and public understanding of  race and black life, the Institute for African American Research achieved official status from the Board of Directors on April 7, 2009, and on June 17, 2009, from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

Unlocking the mysteries of the mind-brain connection is one of the great scientific challenges of the 21st century. The University of South Carolina is poised to become a world leader in cognitive neuroscience research with the establishment of the Institute for Mind and Brain.

As the state where the Civil War began, South Carolina has always been at the forefront of the history of the American South. The Institute for Southern Studies (ISS) at the University of South Carolina helps tell this important story.

At The McCausland Center, researchers and students explore one of the greatest frontiers in science: the brain.

The Center for Science Education is committed to creating better science educators through training, program development and specialized training.

How has human life and culture evolved over the millennia? To study this crucial question, the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology was established in 1963 as a University of South Carolina research institute and a State cultural resource management agency.

UofSC Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Center of Excellence aims to build a multi-disciplinary, collaborative center for basic, clinical, and intervention research and education in autism and neurodevelopmental disorders at the University of South Carolina.

The Walker Institute is home to six minor degree programs that engage students in the interdisciplinary study of world affairs and cross-cultural understanding. 

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