58 Academic Programs
2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
Below is a list of coherent multidisciplinary cognate suggestions; other
multidisciplinary cognates may be planned with the advisor.
Possible Multidisciplinary Cognates
Appropriate internship, topics, or independent .studies courses may be used
in any multidisciplinary cognate.
African/African-American Studies: Courses primarily about Africa, African-
Americans, or race relations in art, history, literature, or .sociology, including
SOCY U333, Race and Ethnic Relations.
Fine Arts: U200-level or higher art studio (ARTS), or art history (ARTH); MUSC
U111 (no more than 6 credits on the same instrument), U116, U215, U216,
U100-level ensembles (no more than 6 credits in the same ensemble), and
MUSC U300-level or higher.
German Studies: GERM U202, Intermediate German, and higher; HIST U340,
Germany Since 1870.
Business: MKTG U350: Principles of Marketing; MGMT U371: Organizational
Management and Behavior; ACCT U347: Legal Environment of Business;
MKTG U351: Consumer Behavior; FINA U369: Personal Finance; MGMT U374:
Management of Human Resources; MGMT U390: Business Technology and
Quantitative Research: Statistics courses in mathematics; PSYC U402, Experi-mental
Topics in Psychology; SOCY U302, Sociological Research Methods.
Physical Sciences: physics, U200-level; .chemistry and geology, U300-level
Political Philosophy: political science course in political theory or thought,
U300-level or higher including .POLI U350, Women and Politics; ethics or
history of philosophy, U200-level or higher.
Women's & Gender Studies: 300-level or higher courses listed within women's
and gender studies (WGST) and courses primarily focused on women in
areas such as art, English, history, literature, government and international
studies, psychology, sociology, or criminal justice.
Minor course requirements are predetermined by academic disciplines or by
multidisciplinary committees. The minor should develop a coherent basic
preparation in a second field of study or introduce students to the interdis-ciplinary
examination of an important area of learning. It is a minimum of
18 semester hours of prescribed courses with at least 12 semester hours at
the 300 level or higher. No more than two courses (up to eight semester
hours) may be earned in general education courses. A grade of C or better
must be earned in each course used to satisfy the requirements of a minor.
While many degree programs include the option of a minor as part of the
degree program, not all degree programs include the option of a minor.
Even in these latter programs, however, any student pursuing a Bachelor
of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree may also pursue a university-approved
minor. Note that particular degree programs may have restrictions on choice
of minors. Completing the degree with a minor may require more than the
minimum 120 credit hours to graduate.
Undergraduate certificates are an organized series of courses with fewer
requirements than majors or minors. Undergraduate certificates guide
students to a set of academic offerings designed to build world- and
Undergraduate certificates are available only to students who are concurrently
enrolled in baccalaureate degree programs. The certificate and baccalaureate
degree are earned simultaneously; the certificate will be awarded along with
the baccalaureate degree upon graduation. Courses used to satisfy require-ments
for the certificate may apply toward a student's general education or
program requirements (such as cognate, minor, supporting courses, etc.),
but cannot be applied toward the major. Students interested in satisfying
the requirements of a certificate simultaneously with a cognate should work
closely with their academic advisors to ensure all requirements are met.
Students must complete an Application for Certificate form prior to gradu-ation.
Certificates are issued by the chair or dean of the academic program
and are recorded on the academic transcript.
Global Competence Certificate......................................................... p.103
Most degree programs allow students the opportunity to take a limited
number of courses that do not fulfill any specific academic requirements.
Normally, any course can be counted as an elective, but some restrictions
may be imposed by particular degree programs. Elective credits for participa-tion
in group performance music activity courses (MUSC U126, U127, U128,
U129, U131, and U327) may be counted up to a maximum of eight credits.
Elective credits for special university courses (UNIV) may be counted up to
a maximum of six credits.
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