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
Psychology graduate ready for social work, counseling career
Charlotte Grover has known since she was in high school that she wanted to pursue a career as a counselor or therapist. She will graduate this month with a degree in psychology and plans to attend graduate school to earn her master’s in social work.
Criminology professor guides students through complex concepts
Cory Schnell has always wanted to be a teacher, but he says his favorite part about teaching is just guiding his students through conversations that help them understand concepts of criminology and the criminal justice system.
Remains of Revolutionary War soldiers help USC anthropologists unravel the Battle of Camden
Archaeologists with the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at USC have studied the Camden Battlefield for decades, but their most recent finding is the discovery of a lifetime.
Graduating engineering student looks ahead to career in coastal conservation
Maggie Kemp grew up a five-minute drive from windswept Assateague Island National Seashore on the Maryland coast, and that locale inspired her undergraduate research pursuits and plans for graduate school at USC.
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