Total General Education Requirement.......................... 43 hours
*For specific courses that meet the major's distribution requirement,
consult the degree worksheets.
USC Upstate is committed to offering programs and activities that encourage
students to develop both academically and socially. In order to evaluate and
continuously improve the effectiveness of our efforts, faculty, administrators,
and staff conduct ongoing assessments. Also, many of the University’s
assessment activities are mandated by external agencies. Consequently,
student, faculty, and staff participation in assessment activities is a University
priority and responsibility.
Therefore, all students wishing to receive a degree from USC Upstate are
required to participate in assessments of general education competencies,
their major and/or area of concentration, and other programs and activities
sponsored by the University. If a student fails to participate in a required
assessment activity, a hold may be placed on the student's records. The
results of any University assessment activity will be reported in aggregate
and may not be used for the evaluation of a student's progress in a course
or progress toward a degree.
For more information contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT POLICY
I. Admission to the 102 level is reserved exclusively for those who have
successfully completed the 101 course or been placed into 102 by the
foreign language placement exam.
II. The following table summarizes credit awarded under the Advanced
Placement (AP) Program. If a student has taken AP exams but has not
yet received his/her results, he/she should register for courses based on
assuming AP credit.
Language Score Credit Awarded for Credit
USC Upstate Course(s) Hours
French Lang 3,4 FREN U101, U102 6
French Lang 5 FREN U101, U102, U201 9
German Lang 3,4 GERM U101, U102 6
German Lang 5 GERM U101, U102, U201 9
Spanish Lang 3,4 SPAN U101, U102 6
Spanish Lang 5 SPAN U101, U102, U201 9
Spanish Lit 3 SPAN U101, U102 6
Spanish Lit 4,5 SPAN U102, U201, U202, U301 12
IV. Students who are multilingual, who have learned English as a foreign
language, or who through family and/or cultural background have
strong skills in a foreign language should see the chair of Languages,
Literature, and Composition or the coordinator of foreign languages
to determine if they will be exempt without credit from the foreign
language requirement of their majors. An exemption form will be
placed in each student's file and copy sent to records. Such students
will, at the discretion of the chair or coordinator of foreign languages,
be allowed to take upper division courses in their native language and
V. While colleges and universities are not obligated to waive foreign
language requirements for students with learning disabilities (according
to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973), USC Upstate has
made the following provision: students who are certified by the USC
Upstate Office of Disability Services has having learning disabilities
that may interfere with learning a foreign language, may fulfill their
general education requirement in foreign languages by taking a course in
English on the history, culture, civilization or literature of a non-English
speaking country or countries.
Each baccalaureate program includes courses to enable students to specialize
in a particular area of interest. A minimum grade of C is required for any
course submitted for fulfillment of a major requirement. Exceptions to this
requirement are noted in the description of each academic program.
All baccalaureate programs will include a senior seminar course that will
serve as a capstone experience for the program. This experience will allow
students to integrate knowledge from their discipline and their General
Education Program. Senior seminars must also critically evaluate related
ethical issues and have students articulate relevant topics in written and
oral presentations. Senior seminars must provide an opportunity for the
assessment of program and general education goals. These courses are the
culminating experience of students in a particular program and may follow
a variety of formats such as student teaching or specific courses.
COGNATES AND MINORS
Students seeking degrees in either of the College of Arts, Humanities and
Social Sciences or the College of Science and Technology are required to
complete either a cognate or a minor. Neither a cognate nor a minor is
required for professional degrees, (i.e., nursing, education, and business).
Both cognates and minors are concentrated study in an area that complements
work in the major. Courses may not be counted toward both a cognate and
a minor; however, students may apply up to 6 hours of minor credit toward
general education requirements. See each degree program for cognate or
minor regulations specific to a degree program.
Students not pursuing a Business degree may earn a maximum of 29 semester
hours in Business courses, excluding ECON U221, U222, U291, and U292,
providing they meet the course prerequisites and have earned 54 credit
hours before enrolling in 300-level and above courses.
Cognate course requirements are selected by a student and the major
academic advisor to meet the unique needs and interests of the individual
student. The cognate consists of 12 semester hours of a coherent selection of
courses, typically 300-level or higher, approved in advance by the student's
major advisor and supporting the course work in the major. A cognate may
be from one or more disciplines outside the major field.
To assist students in the selection of coherent multidisciplinary cognates, the
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Science and
Technology have suggested some options. Other multidisciplinary cognates
may be planned with the advisor. Courses usually eligible for consideration
as cognate credit include all courses numbered 300 and above, as well as
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