University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, SC

The University of South Carolina says, "The Carolina Core curriculum provides the common core of knowledge, skill, and academic experience for all Carolina undergraduates. The Core begins with foundational courses early in the undergraduate experience, followed by an integrative course near the end in which selected Core learning outcomes are integrated into discipline-specific study." [Source]

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  • Undergraduate Enrollment:26,362
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate:58%
  • Tuition & Fees (In State):$11,862 annually
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State):$31,962 annually

General Education Requirements

  • 1. Composition

  • 2. Literature


    See Note

    No credit given for Literature because a survey course in literature is an option, but not required, to fulfill the "Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding" requirement.

  • 3. Foreign Language


    See Note

    No credit given for Foreign Language because students may fulfill the requirement with elementary-level study.

  • 4. U.S. Government or History


    See Note

    No credit given for U.S. Government or History because students may fulfill the "Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking" requirement with with courses that are not U.S. history or government surveys.

  • 5. Economics

  • 6. Mathematics

  • 7. Science

  • General Education Assessment

    University of South Carolina - Columbia uses one or more of the following instruments to assess undergraduate progress in core collegiate skills: the Council on Aid to Education Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile, or the ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP). For more information, visit

Curriculum last evaluated: 07/12/2018


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