In the University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences, we explore solutions to the world’s biggest challenges and answers to life’s most enduring questions. It’s a place to push the frontiers of science, art and culture not only to make a better world, but to instill greater meaning within it.
With the largest choice of majors, minors and courses of any college at the university, Arts and Sciences students can explore their strengths, gain a broad education and prepare for a career with infinite possibilities. We study the smallest particles known to science and the biggest social movements in history. We uncover mysteries about ancient civilization and hidden gems in literature. All united by an urge to explore, solve and create.
Prepared for the Future
Rigorous and diverse coursework and beyond-the-classroom experiences prepare graduates to adapt successfully within a globalizing world. Eleven programs — social psychology, criminology, history, political science, clinical psychology, statistics, sociology, English, mathematics, chemistry and earth sciences graduate programs — are ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.ACADEMICS
The World is a Classroom
The College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual, artistic, scientific and instructional heart of the university. Our students pair disciplines to create their own pathways and enjoy a well-rounded education that includes a vast range of experiential learning opportunities and options.DEPARTMENTS, SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS
Geography professor maps heat islands as we adapt to climate change
Longtime University of South Carolina geography professor Kirstin Dow has devoted much of her career to understanding climate impact, vulnerability and adaptation. In other words, she recognizes the problems posed by our warming planet and is determined to help mitigate them, most recently by mapping heat islands so that urban planners can make better decisions about where to plant trees, generate more shade or support investment in affordable renewable energy and energy efficiency.
History professor's new book looks at cross-cultural ties created by slavery in the U.S. Colonies
Nicole Maskiell is an associate professor of history and affiliate faculty in African American studies at the University of South Carolina. Her book, “Bound by Bondage: Slavery and the Creation of a Northern Gentry” (2022 Cornell University Press), examines the institution of slavery in the early American Colonies and how it created lasting ties between families of the elite classes, even across cultural lines, as well as ties among the enslaved people.
Lessons in geography -- and global citizenship
Students get more than an education in political geography in Meredith DeBoom’s courses. They become better informed and more articulate citizens of the world.
First-generation college students add energy, resilience to USC campus
There is no typical first-generation college student. Some come from immigrant families, some from households where family members didn’t graduate from high school. But all add energy and variety to the University of South Carolina campus.
Driving Innovation Everywhere
Our graduates are found worldwide as CEOs, scientists, government leaders, film directors and many other roles. Explore countless career paths and degree options within more than 20 departments and schools, 16 interdisciplinary programs and an ever-growing number of centers and institutes.APPLY