6 The University
2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
The University of South Carolina Upstate—a separately-accredited, public
comprehensive university within the USC System—is a major regional
partner committed to the unique possibilities that accompany regionalism.
True to its mission, USC Upstate is developing the next generation of globally
competitive workers in Upstate South Carolina by providing an accessible,
rigorous, career-relevant education that meets the needs of both students
and industry. The university is a major engine of social, economic, and
talent development, with an annual economic impact of more than half
a billion dollars.
USC Upstate is located in Spartanburg, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge
Mountains, between Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC. Among the fastest
growing, baccalaureate-granting institutions in the nation, USC Upstate is
recognized by U.S. News & World Report as #2 among Southern Regional
Public Colleges. As a member of the Big South Conference, USC Upstate
Spartans compete in 17 NCAA Division I sports.
Home to more than 6,150 students, USC Upstate offers more than 40
undergraduate and graduate programs within five distinctive colleges
and schools. The Mary Black School of Nursing features a state-of-the-art
simulation lab that represents the largest solely dedicated to nursing in the
state. The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics is
among just 15 percent of business schools worldwide to be accredited by
AACSB International, and the School of Education, Human Performance,
and Health employs an interdisciplinary approach that underscores the
importance of developing educators who understand the intersections
of education and community health. The School is accredited by CAEP, the
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
In 2018, USC Upstate created two new colleges from the College of Arts and
Sciences. The College of Science and Technology aims to meet the talent needs
of enterprises focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM),
including in-demand careers in life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and
advanced materials. The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences,
centers on creativity and innovation, builds upon a strong foundation and
dedicates itself to promoting the significance of the liberal and fine arts as
well as the social and behavioral sciences, disciplines that have never been
more vital than in today’s complex world.
USC Upstate is uniquely positioned to create transformative opportunities
through higher education to better serve the needs of the region, fulfilling
critical workforce needs while contributing to the social, cultural and economic
development of the Upstate of South Carolina. More than 30,000 students
have earned their degrees from USC Upstate, and nearly 85 percent of those
alumni choose to remain in the Upstate to build their lives and careers.
University of South Carolina Upstate aims to become one of the Southeast’s
leading “metropolitan” universities … a university that acknowledges as
its fundamental reason for being its relationship to expanding populations
along the I-85 corridor. It aims to be recognized nationally among its peer
metropolitan institutions for its excellence in education and commitment
to its students, for its involvement in the Upstate, and for the clarity and
integrity of its metropolitan mission.
As a senior public institution of the University of South Carolina with a
comprehensive residential campus in Spartanburg and commuting and
degree completion operations at the University Center Greenville, the
University’s primary responsibilities are to offer baccalaureate education to
the citizens of the Upstate of South Carolina and to offer selected master’s
degrees in response to regional demand.
USC Upstate strives to prepare its students to participate as responsible citizens
in a diverse, global and knowledge-based society, to pursue excellence in
their chosen careers and to continue learning throughout life. Curricula and
services are designed for the University’s students, four to seven thousand in
headcount, who are diverse in background, age, race, ethnicity, educational
experience and academic goals. Students are drawn in large proportion from
the Upstate where many choose to remain for their careers. A broad range of
major curricula are provided in arts and sciences and in professional fields of
study required by the regional economy, including business, education and
nursing. Through on-site instruction, distance learning, continuing education
and inter-institutional articulation agreements, both traditional students
and working professionals are served across the region.
Consistent with the international character of the Upstate, the University
promotes global perspectives across its programs. Supporting the regional
employment objectives of most of its students, it provides extensive
experiential learning opportunities.
The University’s metropolitan mission rests upon a foundation of partnerships
with the education, corporate and service organizations of the Upstate. The
faculty provides leadership in promoting the Upstate’s economic, social and
cultural development. This is achieved through its teaching, professional
and public service, basic and applied scholarship and research, and creative
USC Upstate will emerge as “the metropolitan university of South Carolina”
and one of the leading metropolitan universities of the Southeast, recognized
as a center of superb teaching, experiential learning, regional partnerships,
international opportunity, cultural diversity, and dynamic community activity.
The history of the University of South Carolina Upstate is a chronicle of
remarkable development. In 1967, the university was founded in response
to efforts undertaken by G.B. Hodge, M.D., together with fellow members of
the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education, and a remarkably
strong founding faculty primarily to avert a serious health care labor shortage
crisis when Spartanburg General Hospital closed its diploma program for
registered nurses. A citizen’s committee investigated the situation and
ultimately requested that Spartanburg be included in the University of
South Carolina system.
The Spartanburg Regional Campus, as it was first known, opened its doors in
the fall of 1967 to 177 students on the first floor of the Spartanburg General
Hospital nursing residence. Enrollment continued to increase, which resulted
in the school becoming a four-year university in 1975 and being renamed
the University of South Carolina Spartanburg.
Since its founding, USC Upstate has grown from a small, two-year campus into
one of the leading metropolitan universities in the Southeast. This growth
has been a direct response to the needs of the Upstate — a tradition that
began with the University’s creation. The University has expanded well beyond