Majors & Minors
At the heart of your University of South Carolina Beaufort experience will be an academic journey that enlightens as much as it empowers. Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in any of our 18 disciplines with the ability to concentrate in select areas, as well as the ability to choose from our 19 minors that will enhance your academic experience.
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Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Communication Studies Social Sciences
A degree in Communication Studies helps you develop practical communication skills for engagement around campus, in the workplace, at home, in society, and in the world. Students who earn a degree in Communication Studies successfully find employment opportunities in a variety of areas where effective interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, ethical, and media savvy communication expertise is required.
Communication skills frequently top the list of skills that employers desire in employees. For example, a survey of the top Fortune 500 companies indicated that strong communication skills were the most important skills in job effectiveness. Because graduates of Communication Studies programs learn valuable communication skills, they are attractive to employers in a wide range of industries, for a wide range of positions.
Early Childhood Education Education
The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education is a degree program for undergraduate students at USCB who are seeking South Carolina teaching certification in grades Pre-K-3. Early childhood education majors benefit from engaging hands-on experiences, opportunities to integrate theory with teaching practice, and extensive field and clinical experiences in child care settings, Head Start centers, Montessori schools, and local public schools. This program provides students with a broad academic background and the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to work with young children from through eight years of age.
Elementary Education Education
The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is a degree program for undergraduate students at USCB who wish to teach and earn South Carolina teaching certification for grades 2-6. Elementary education majors benefit from engaging hands-on experiences, opportunities to integrate theory with teaching practice, and extensive field and clinical experiences in local schools. This program provides students with a broad academic background and the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for elementary teachers in grades 2-6.
English English, Theater,
and Liberal Studies• Writing
English is the traditional study of language and ideas through literature as well as the preparation for writing in creative, academic, and professional contexts. You can participate in The May River Review (USCB's interdisciplinary critical journal), our Society of Creative Writers (our chapter of the national English honor society), our writing tutoring program, and our internship program. Take advantage of close relationships with your professors, who help prepare you for professions and graduate schools that will benefit from the strong writing, creative, and analytical expertise you acquired from our program.
The Bachelor of Arts with a major in History is designed to be flexible enough to provide you with a background for graduate studies in History, for a future in education or in preparation for such professions as business, law, the ministry, advertising, communications and technical writing.
A student seeking the bachelor's degree in History may take thirty-three credit hours of upper division History courses including the History program's capstone course, the Historian's Craft. In addition to these major requirements, History majors can also take classes in the humanities, social sciences, logic, and foreign languages.
Liberal Studies English, Theater
and Liberal Studies
Liberal Studies provides individualized study in a select range of upper level liberal arts courses and fosters students' ability to think critically and constructively in relation to their self-chosen academic goals. While this degree allows students to propose their own programs of upper-level study, it broadens their academic perspectives by emphasizing interdisciplinary as a method of comprehension.
Successful applications for the program should identify multi-dimensional fields of study as majors, for example, interdisciplinary studies, comparative studies, cultural studies, media studies, etc, in place of traditional majors. This degree is primarily valuable for non-traditional students and for students whose research interests lead them into genuinely interdisciplinary fields of study.
Psychology Social Sciences
It has been said that man's favorite object of study is himself. Understanding the factors that help maintain psychological, physical and social well-being can benefit graduates in psychology throughout their professional and personal lives. The range of phenomena that psychologists study is vast. For many psychology students the undergraduate degree is but a stepping-stone to graduate study and a career in the profession of psychology.
Psychology graduates tend to have strong "people" and critical thinking skills, valuable commodities in almost any profession. The application of these skills is useful in such diverse fields as medicine, law, service industries, research, and writing. Because if its broad applicability, psychology is one of the top three most popular undergraduate majors in liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation.
Sociology Social Sciences
The Sociology program at University of South Carolina Beaufort provides students the theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and analytical tools to describe and understand social life and the multifaceted connections between the individual and society. Learning the principles of Sociology prepares students to analyze and understand such areas as domestic violence, body image, the role of mass media, social change, gender, race, urbanization, education, crime, health, family, aging, political dynamics, and other social phenomena.
Sociology graduates work in criminal justice, health care, government, family agencies, social science research, business and marketing, education, human services, management, law, advocacy, community organization and many other exciting fields.
Spanish Humanities• General Spanish
• Heritage Studies
The Spanish Degree at USCB will provide you with Spanish & Hispanic cultural, literary, and linguistic skills, ultimately helping you become more articulate & analytical, as well as historically & socially informed. A multicultural perspective and a sense of social responsibility is fostered in our students who are aware of, and respond to, escalating multicultural & global societal changes, as well as the newly arrived Hispanic residents of the locality and state.
Graduates will attain appropriate levels of proficiency in each of the following areas: speaking, reading, writing, listening comprehension, and culture based on the ACTFL rating guidelines and achieve the sufficient level of language and cultural proficiency required for beginning graduate studies and to compete effectively for jobs in fields requiring a proficient knowledge of spoken and written Spanish: education, human services, government, law, banking, public relations, business, and many more.
Studio ArtFine Arts • Media Arts
The Studio Art degree program provides students with a focus in studio art practice and theory, with a solid grounding in art history, within the context of the liberal arts. The program prepares graduates both for professional careers in the arts and graduate programs in fine arts. The combination of an intensive liberal arts background with studio arts proficiency skills and practical experience will help students investigate and integrate their knowledge and perspectives in today's technologically changing world and will give them the background needed for a career in the arts.
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Biology Natural Sciences• Biomedical Sciences
• Coastal Ecology
The Biology program at USCB is designed to provide students with comprehensive exposure to the biological sciences at the molecular, physiological, organism, and ecological levels. Want to study life in the salt marsh, do research in a DNA lab, or sample plankton on a R/V Vagabond? If so, a major in Biology may be the choice for you! Potential Careers: Wildlife Biologist, Geneticist, Veterinarian, Botanist, Ecologist, Laboratory Technician, Medical Doctor, or Marine Biologist.
Business Administration Business Administration• Accounting
• Saturday Business Degree
• Saturday Military Degree
The Business Administration degree is focused on the traditional business areas of accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing and their roles in implementing business strategies. An integrative approach is employed stressing leadership, ethics, interpersonal skills, and technological competence in a critical thinking context. Real-world skills are developed which allow our graduates to contribute to their future employers in for-profit, non-profit and government organizations, as well as their local and global community. Classes are taught by an outstanding faculty who are respected scholars, experienced teachers, and successful business people. Small classes and direct contact allow faculty to create an interactive classroom experience. Business majors can choose an Accounting, Management or Marketing concentration. The department also offers a Minor in Business Administration and business degree completion programs for working adults. Classes are scheduled on weekdays, evenings, Saturdays and online.
Computational Science Mathematics and Computational Science
Computational Science is a field of applied Computer Science in which computing theories and software techniques are used to serve and advance many disciplines, including science, engineering, social science, and business. The B.S. in Computational Science at the University of South Carolina Beaufort is designed to introduce students to cutting-edge computing and quantitative skills relevant to their concentration or interests. Consequently, the program facilitates interdisciplinary study and research with other University departments and programs. A wide range of corporate, government, and non-profit organizations employ graduates of Computational Science programs, including Boeing, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace Corporation, the U.S. Dept. of Energy, South Carolina bio fabrication industry, Gulfstream, and many others. Computational Science students are also strong candidates for graduate programs.
Health Promotion Nursing and Health Professions
Health promotion is one of the fastest-growing areas of specialization in the field of professional health care today. Graduates of USCB's Bachelor of Science with a major in Health Promotion will be able to exert a positive influence on a wide range of lifestyle, social and environmental issues. These include: alcohol and substance abuse, tobacco use, nutrition, physical activity, chronic diseases, depression and more. Today's Health Promotion graduates may apply their counseling skills in primary and secondary schools, in colleges, hospitals and health care facilities, in the workplace, in community centers, hotels and resorts, on cruise ships, in fitness centers, in local and state government organizations, and in health agencies worldwide.
Hospitality Management Hospitality Management
Why not study Hospitality Management at an international destination where more than two million tourists come to vacation each year? The resort of Hilton Head Island, the growing area of Bluffton, and the historic City of Beaufort attract visitors from around the world, providing a unique opportunity for students to study hospitality management in a real-life learning laboratory. A variety of internships and employment opportunities are available for students and graduates in the Lowcountry. Tourism Research and the Center for Event Management & Hospitality Training offer students scholarly pursuits that are unique to the coastal region USCB serves.
Human Services Social Sciences
Since 2002, USCB has offered the Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services primarily through residential, face-to-face courses. The convenience of online learning has led to some courses being offered in both formats. Students who chose the USCB on-campus path to the degree will have more course options and will enjoy the benefits of both face-to-face and online courses.
Palmetto College Online Degree Completion Program Starting Fall 2013, USCB began offering the Human Services Degree online under the general auspices of the University of South Carolina's Palmetto College. Students who have completed approximately 60-hours of course work will be eligible to apply for admission to the Palmetto College program. Palmetto College students will be able to complete all USCB Human Services Program and Major Requirements completely online. Most of these courses will be offered in an 8-week accelerated format. Palmetto College students who take a fulltime course load could complete the degree in just over two years. The same highly qualified faculty that teach face-to-face courses at USCB will teach Palmetto College online courses. All courses will be designed in accordance with the latest online learning quality standards.
Mathematics Mathematics and Computational Science • Mathematical Sciences
• Secondary Teacher
Nursing** Nursing and Health Professions• RN to BSN
• Pre-Licensure Track
The pre-licensure track provides a four-year course of study to the BSN. Pre-licensure students who are completing their pre-nursing requirements may apply for admission into the BSN major up until August 1 of each year. Applicants will be notified of the admissions committee decision by October 31st. Core nursing courses will begin in the following spring semester.
* A concentration refers to a series of courses that display a distinctive curricular pattern within the major. Concentrations usually have a minimum of 15 credit hours. Contact the appropriate academic department for details. Concentrations are not listed on the diploma but are noted on the academic transcript.
** A student in the major of Nursing will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
MinorsBelow are the minors available at USCB. To learn more, Click Here.
English - Literature
English - Creative Writing
English - Professional Writing