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  Dec 16, 2017
 
2015-2016 USC Lancaster Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Liberal Studies, B.A.



Overview of the BLS

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies Program (BLS) is only available to students on USC’s regional campuses or online through Palmetto College. It is designed to provide access to upper-level study in a range of liberal arts disciplines, fostering the abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, solve problems, and interpret human experience. Goals of this program are to enhance students’ intellectual and creative capacities and broaden their historical, ethical, social, and international perspectives while allowing them some flexibility in designing the upper-level curricula based on previous studies and employment objectives.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to initiate independent, interdisciplinary inquiry and the ability to apply critical thinking to interdisciplinary problems.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of South Carolina from historical as well as contemporary political, economic, and social perspectives in papers, assignments and other student writing.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to be an educated and participatory citizen of South Carolina and explain how their academic training has prepared them to be an active state citizen.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply classroom learning to real-world experience in the public or private sector.

Admission and Graduation Standards

Students may apply to the Liberal Studies Program after completion of at least 45 semester hours of accredited, college-level work. A minimum grade point of 2.00 is required for admission and graduation. As part of the application process, a specific Program of Study is developed by the student and the student’s advisor and approved by the Program Committee. Any changes to the Program of Study must be approved by the advisor and Program Committee. All students must earn at least 30 USC hours after admission to this program. A minimum of 120 semester hours of accredited, college-level work must be presented to earn this degree.

Degree Requirements (120 Hours)

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BLS) is designed for students who want to pursue liberal studies without a major in a single discipline.

1. Carolina Core Plus General Education Requirements


CMW: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Writing (6 hours)


Must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

ARP: Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (6-8 hours)


  • Any approved Carolina Core ARP courses

SCI: Scientific Literacy (8 Hours)


  • Any approved Carolina Core SCI courses, must include two labs.

GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Communicate Effectively in More than One Language (0-9 Hours)


Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the minimal passing grade on the exit examination in the 122 course is required. Students can demonstrate this proficiency by successfully completing Phase II of the Proficiency Test or by successfully completing the 122 course, including the exit exam administered as part of that course.

It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college-level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.

GHS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (6 hours)


  • Any approved Carolina Core GHS courses.

GSS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (6 hours)


  • Any approved Carolina Core GSS courses.

AIU: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 Hours)


  • Any approved Carolina Core AIU course

CMS: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component


INF: Information Literacy


  • Any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core INF course

VSR: Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility


  • Any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core VSR course

Other Required General Education Courses for the BA in Liberal Studies:


Additional Arts and Sciences Electives (6 Hours)


Must include two disciplines

2. Major Requirements (36 Hours)


Required Courses


All courses must be at the 300-level or above with at least 15 hours at the 400-level or above. All grades must be C or better. The following three courses are required of all majors:

    The student's major will be chosen from one of the following three (3) options:


    Arts and Humanities Option (27 Hours)


    A minimum of 27 hours from two of the following disciplines: 

    Art
    English
    History
    Languages
    Philosophy
    Religious Studies
    Theatre

    Science and Mathematics Option (27 Hours)


    A minimum of 27 hours from two of the following disciplines: 

    Astronomy
    Languages
    Mathematics
    Philosophy
    Political Science
    Psychology
    Physical and/or Biological Sciences
    Religious Studies
    Social Work
    Sociology
    Theatre

    Social and Behavioral Sciences Option (27 Hours)


    A minimum of 27 hours from two of the following disciplines: 

    Anthropology
    Criminology and Criminal justice
    Economics
    Geography
    Political science
    Psychology
    Sociology

    3. Cognate (12 Hours)


    A minimum of 12 hours of course work at the 300 level or above from one of the following disciplines: 

    Anthropology
    Art
    Business
    Criminal justice
    Dance
    Economics
    Education
    English
    Geography
    History
    Languages
    Mathematics
    Philosophy
    Political science
    Psychology
    Physical and/or Biological sciences
    Religious studies
    Social work
    Sociology
    Theatre

    The cognate cannot be a discipline included in the student’s major option.

    4. Electives (21-31 Hours)