Interdisciplinary Studies, BarSc.
The South Carolina Honors College offers a unique degree, the Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae (Bachelor of Arts and Science). A student seeking the Baccalaureus degree constructs an individualized program of study that is tailored to his or her specific interests. This allows students with interests that fall outside traditional disciplinary boundaries to pursue undergraduate studies that fit their individual interests, needs, and aptitudes. The Baccalaureus degree is most suitable for students preparing to continue their studies beyond the baccalaureate level, especially in areas expecting a broad educational experience, such as law, government service, various academic graduate programs, and medicine. Admission to this degree program is based on outstanding academic work and a commitment to developing intellectual breadth.
- Students completing the Baccalaureus Artium and Scientiae will have intellectual breadth demonstrated through completion of all general education requirements for both the BA and BS degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Baccalaureus students will study a foreign language at least through the fifth semester (or 300-level).
- In cooperation with their individually assembled BARSC Committees, students will develop a program of study appropriate to their particular educational needs and goals.
- Students will maintain a high level of academic performance.
- Students will be well prepared for the next stage of their academic or professional careers.
Admission to the College is based upon proof of a student’s potential for high academic achievement. Admission criteria include outstanding work in high school, high aptitude test scores, the ability to write well, and a strong intellectual curiosity. A candidate for the College must be accepted to the University and then must submit a separate application for admission to the Honors College.
The admissions policies are administered by the coordinator of admissions for the South Carolina Honors College in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The normal standards to be considered for admission include, but are not confined to, an SAT of 1340 or greater and a strong academic performance in high school, as well as evidence of keen analytical skills and a clear writing style. Transfer students and students already enrolled in the University who have a GPA of 3.60 on a 4.00 scale also may be considered for admission. Admission of such students will be contingent on a review of the student’s overall college record, the quality of the application, and the availability of space in the Honors College.
Degree Requirements (126 Hours)
The individualized curriculum of a Baccalaureus degree candidate is supervised by an advisory committee, which aids Baccalaureus degree candidates in course selection and career orientation. In place of the University’s traditional major and other requirements, Baccalaureus students must take a wide range of courses designed to develop intellectual inquisitiveness. These requirements are constructed so that Baccalaureus students satisfy the basic degree requirements of the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences. Baccalaureus students also must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the 300 level and submit a senior thesis or project worth 9 to 15 credit hours; they must also complete a total of 69 honors course credit hours. Graduation with the Baccalaureus degree requires a 3.50 cumulative GPA. Additional requirements are set by each student’s advisory committee, depending on his or her goals, needs, and lacunae. See the SCHC Handbook for further details.
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Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.