University of South Carolina

Academics at USC

With 15 colleges and schools offering 324 unique degree options, you’re sure to find the right fit at the University of South Carolina. All programs start with the Carolina Core classes for a well-rounded education, and you’ll have the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom to hands-on research starting your freshman year. Whether you’re conducting experiments for an engineering course, researching the Brazilian coffee trade for economics, or making oceanic discoveries in marine science, the right experience can help you connect your lessons to the real world.

South Carolina faculty members serve as teachers, advisers, and mentors, working hard to ensure an exceptional student experience. At each school within the university, you’ll find advisers who are knowledgeable about the specifics of each degree program. Plus, you can meet with coaches to create an academic plan, set goals, and learn the skills you need to be successful during your time at USC.



Undergraduate and Graduate International Business Program

U.S. News & World Report, 2017

/ Courses


  • Environmental Studies
  • Geological Sciences
  • Geophysics
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science

Sports, Fitness and Nutrition

  • Exercise Science
  • Physical Education
  • Sport and Entertainment Management
  • Exercise Science

Music, Theater and the Arts

  • Performance: Organ
  • Performance: Percussion
  • Performance: Piano
  • Performance: Strings
  • Performance: Voice
  • Performance: Woodwinds
  • Theatre
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art Studio
  • Composition
  • Dance
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Media Arts
  • Music Education: Band
  • Music Education: Jazz Studies
  • Music Education: Strings
  • Music Education: Vocal
  • Performance: Brass
  • Performance: Guitar

Nursing, Health, Care and Sociology

  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Environmental Health Sciences, MS

Pharmacy and Pre-Med

  • Pharmacy (BS to Pharm. D six-year program)

Liberal Arts

  • Visual Communications
  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • German
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication
  • Philosophy
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Theory
  • Undeclared
  • Advertising
  • African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • English
  • Experimental Psychology
  • French

Hospitality and Tourism

  • Sport and Entertainment Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Tourism Management
  • International Hospitality Management

Law, International Relations and Politics

  • Criminalogy and Criminal Justice
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice

Engineering and IT

  • Engineering: Undecided
  • Integrated Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering (ME)
  • Biomedical Engineering (ME)
  • Chemical Engineering (ME)
  • Civil Engineering (ME)
  • Electrical Engineering (ME)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  • Software Engineering (MS)
  • Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurial Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering

Business, Finance and Economics

  • Retailing with Specialization in Retail Management or Fashion Merchandising
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Science
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Science
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate


  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Level Education

Life at USC

It’s easy to find your place at South Carolina, which offers over 400 organizations to help you get involved, pursue your passions, showcase your talents, and make a difference in the community. You can join student government, engage in interfaith activities, participate in a Greek organization, or work on the daily newspaper. There are also countless events and activities to choose from, so there’s never a dull moment. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can start your own group to find other students who share your interests.

If you like sports, there are plenty of options for both casual and competitive athletes. With dozens of intramural leagues open to all students as well as 57 club sports, there’s something for everyone who wants to get out and play. Prefer to watch? Check out one of the 19 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I teams that regularly compete for championships. Go Gamecocks!

Columbia, South Carolina

A "Best Value Public College"

according to Kiplinger's 2017 and Forbes, 2016

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Downtown Columbia is bustling with some of the best restaurants in the Southeast, live jazz and blues music, and plenty of shops and boutiques.
Enjoy the lush outdoors with an array of exciting recreational activities in the Columbia area, including kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing, tubing, and camping.
Featuring 60 parks and green spaces, Columbia's park system covers 600 acres. It's open year-round, so you can take advantage of free tennis courts, pools, and ponds.

" I wanted to help people physically as much as I could while doing something I liked — using math and engineering concepts. So I chose biomedical engineering because it’s focused on the medical and health fields. One of the reasons I chose USC was because when I was deciding on a university, I also thought about getting a minor in business or management and USC’s business school is one of the best in the nation. "

- Andre, Mexico

Careers at USC

At South Carolina, you’ll have the opportunity to build your resume and gain hands-on experience through internships and co-ops. These full- and part-time work experiences, some of which are paid, can help you decide whether you’ve chosen the right field while making important networking connections to help you after graduation. You’ll learn to apply classroom knowledge and skills to the real world and gain relevant experience in your chosen field, ensuring that your resume stands out in future job searches.

The on-campus Career Center will help you every step of the way, both before and after graduation. The wide range of services available to both students and alumni includes career counseling, help writing resumes and cover letters, an online job database, and connections for job shadowing. The center also works closely with employers to recruit on campus, connecting qualified students to internships, co-ops, and jobs in a variety of industries.


Columbia, South Carolina is Ranked #1 for jobs tied to foreign investment

BM Plant Location International Report, 2015


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