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2017-2018 USC Lancaster Bulletin
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2017-2018 USC Lancaster Bulletin 
  
 
  Nov 23, 2017
 
2017-2018 USC Lancaster Bulletin

Liberal Studies, B.A.


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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, cultural, economic, and social perspectives in papers, assignments and other student writing. 
  • Students will be educated and participatory citizens of South Carolina and explain how their academic training has prepared them to be active state citizens. 
  • 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 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 (3 hours)


  • Any approved Carolina Core GHS courses

GSS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 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 (3 Hours)


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 (9 hours)


The following three courses are required of all majors:

The student's major will be chosen from TWO of the following disciplines (27 hours):


All courses must be at the upper level with at least 15 hours at the 400-level or above. All grades must be C or better. 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.

Art
English
History
Languages

Native American Studies *
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Theatre

Astronomy
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Environmental Studies
Geological Studies
Health Promotion, Education and Behavior 
Marine Science
Mathematics
Physics
Statistics

Anthropology
Criminology and Criminal justice
Economics
Geography

Health Promotion, Education and Behavior
Native American Studies*
Political science
Psychology
Sociology

Note:


*The most updated list of courses designated as fulfilling the Native American Studies option will be listed on the BA in Liberal Studies program website.

3. Cognate (12 Hours)


All grades must be C or better.

The cognate cannot be a discipline included in the student’s major option. No more than six hours of transfer work may be applied to the cognate.

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

Health Promotion, Education and Behavior
Languages
Mathematics
Native American Studies*
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Physical and/or Biological sciences
Religious Studies
Social Work
Sociology
Theatre

*Courses designated as fulfilling the Native American Studies option will be listed on the BA in Liberal Studies program website.

4. Electives (21-31 Hours)


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