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With 22 core academic disciplines and 41 interdisciplinary programs, centers, institutes, and schools, the College of Arts and Sciences is the academic heart of the University. As the largest college in South Carolina, graduates of the College go on to make up a critical element of the social, economic, educational, political, and religious fabric of our state, region, and nation.

About Arts and Sciences

Every undergraduate student at Carolina takes his or her foundational classes in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Students and faculty in the College conduct much of the cutting-edge research that is setting the pace for the University’s future, and they attract more than $41 million per year in competitive research funding support. 

The College has an impact, directly or indirectly, on millions of lives.  It serves some 8,000 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students each year, and provides 51 percent of all instruction offered at Carolina. It is in these core liberal arts classes that virtually all of the University’s 21,000-plus undergraduate students begin to hone the vital skills of critical thinking and effective communication that are cornerstones of a college education. 

Hallmarks and Rankings
  • There are more 70,000 College of Arts and Sciences alumni in the U.S. and around the globe.
  • The University has created the state's first Confucius Institute - based in Arts and Sciences - in collaboration with the Beijing Language and  Culture University and the Chinese Ministry of Education, with the goal of promoting education about Chinese language, culture and society.
  • In 2010, six professors in the College of Arts and Sciences were awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow by the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The College’s strong and diverse curriculum arms students with the skills and insights they need to understand the past and to flourish in the future.  As its graduates move out into the world, the College also serves as a vital engine for economic growth, artistic expression, and social change. Through the rich array of transformative experiences it provides, the College equips its students to transform the world around them.  In the classroom and beyond—through study abroad, lecture series, internships and practica, research opportunities, and more—the College opens doors to the world for its students, so that they can receive the preparation they deserve as future leaders of our increasingly global society.

The dreams of today’s students will someday transform all of our lives.  The College of Arts & Sciences is committed to encouraging its students to dream boldly and to providing students with the skills and intellectual resources they need to achieve their dreams.


  • Support for scholarships, paid internships, and other programs will make a real difference to the lives of our students.  With the tightening of the federal funds available for higher education loans, endowed and current use scholarships continue to be a high priority for the College. 
  • The College must have the means to encourage and support our best teachers and researchers.  Our top priority is to maintain and enhance the stellar quality of the arts and sciences faculty. We must build on our strength and momentum to preserve our national preeminence in research and creative activities.  Our goal is to double the number of endowed chairs and professorships. 
  • Although state and federal funds and institutional bonds provide core financing for academic facility projects, private gifts are important catalysts in moving projects from the design stage to bricks and mortar for new and refurbished residence halls, high-tech classrooms, and modernized facilities.  Private funds also help us with the upkeep of some of the College’s older buildings and museum. 

To support the College of Arts and Sciences, fill in your amount in the "Give Today" button above, or contact Vincent Suarez, Senior Director of Development, at 803-777-4232.

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