The Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae (“Bachelor of Arts and Sciences,” or “BARSC”) degree is the most selective undergraduate degree program at the University of South Carolina and one of the most selective in the country. Students must develop a program of study approved by a panel consisting of an associate dean and the Dean of the Honors College as well as two faculty members. In this way, each Baccalaureus student's program of study is completely individualized to serve that student's interests and aspirations. Baccalaureus students must satisfy the general education requirements for both the BS and BA degrees, take a language through the third year, and write a senior thesis for a minimum 9-credit hours.
Students electing to complete the BARSC follow the process outlined below:
Degree requirements for receiving a BARSC include:
Aside from these requirements, the student, working with his or her committee, designs an individualized curriculum that has no major, minor, or cognate, but reflects the student’s interests, strengths, and weaknesses. The Senior Thesis/Project (9-15 credits) represents the student's effort to pull the strands of this unique educational opportunity together in an extended research/scholarly experience.
Of the above, a total of 69 Honors credits is required and the Senior Thesis/Project must be a minimum of 9 credits.
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