To succeed in a complex world, tomorrow's college graduates will need an education that gives them the confidence to think creatively, explore new ideas, challenge themselves, and work collaboratively. A College of Charleston education is fundamental in the shaping of successful individuals who are knowledgeable, flexible, and versatile; it produces good citizens and confident leaders.
A College of Charleston education offers both breadth and depth. To earn a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree, students are required to successfully complete a core curriculum that introduces them to the principal areas of academic inquiry and teaches them basic intellectual skills. These courses provide students with a solid foundation for further study and are an essential part of their undergraduate education. Students can choose from 44 majors and complement their major course of study by selecting from 80 minors and 39 concentrations.
Every academic program at the College that has been reviewed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education has received a Commendation of Excellence, which cites the program's overall quality, quality of instruction, student-faculty research activities, number of graduates, success in job placement of graduates, facilities and equipment, and uniqueness. The College of Charleston has received more Commendations of Excellence for its academic offerings than any other institution of higher learning in the state.
The College prides itself in fostering a close student-teacher community that is dedicated to engaging in original inquiry and creative expression in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom. Whether students choose to attend graduate or professional school or embark on a career following graduation, their undergraduate experience at the College of Charleston places them at a distinct advantage.
Majors and Degrees Offered
Exposure to a variety of disciplines gives students the confidence to explore new ideas, challenge themselves, and develop intellectually. The College's academic offerings provide a wide variety of majors, minors and concentrations from which students can choose.
Academic life at the College of Charleston is centered in its six schools. The School of the Arts offers degrees in art history, arts management, historic preservation and community planning, music, studio art, and theater. The School of Business and Economics offers accountancy, business administration, economics, hospitality and tourism management, and international business. The School of Education offers athletic training, early childhood education, elementary education, physical education and health, and special education. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers anthropology, communication, English, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, and urban studies. The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs offers classical studies, French, German, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Spanish. The School of Sciences and Mathematics offers biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, computer information systems, discovery informatics, geology, marine biology, mathematics, physics, bachelor of science with dentistry emphasis, and bachelor of science with medicine emphasis.
There are also a wide variety of minors and concentrations from which students can choose. The School of the Arts offers art history, arts management, dance, historic preservation and community planning, music, studio art, and theatre. The School of Business and Economics offers finance, global logistics and transportation, hospitality and tourism management, and marketing. The School of Education offers health, secondary education, and secondary education certification in biology, chemistry, classics (Latin), English, French, German, history (social studies), mathematics, physical education, physics, political science (social studies), sociology (social studies), and Spanish. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers anthropology, communication studies, creative writing, English, history, media studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, and sociology. The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs offers Greek, classics, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. The School of Sciences and Mathematics offers astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer information systems, computer science, environmental geology, geology, mathematics, meteorology, and physics.
Academic programs with an international and intercultural content prepare College of Charleston students for the global world of their future. They can customize their education by combining majors with interdisciplinary minors that allow them to explore areas of study that draw on information from a number of academic disciplines. Examples include: African American studies, African studies, American studies, archaeology, arts management, Asian studies, British studies, crime, law and society, discovery informatics, environmental studies, European studies, film studies, French studies, German studies, international studies, Italian studies, Japanese studies, Jewish studies, language and international business, Latin American and Caribbean studies, linguistics, pre-actuarial studies, Russian studies, and women's and gender studies. A flourishing study abroad program not only offers a broad variety of opportunities for College of Charleston students to learn about other cultures, but it also brings students from many other countries to Charleston, where their presence enriches the campus and the community.
Situated on a “beautiful, historic campus” in one of the South’s most charming cities, it’s no wonder that College of Charleston has such satisfied undergraduates. Indeed, students report that a “welcoming” vibe permeates the school and it’s truly evident that the “supportive staff [want] to see...their students [succeed].” Many undergraduates also appreciate that the school is generous with scholarships and provides “lots of opportunities for travel and research.” Students benefit from “small class sizes” and “a student-teacher ratio of 16:1.” By and large, professors here are quite “passionate about their subject [matter]” and their enthusiasm is often infectious. Most instructors “encourage discussion” and seem to really “love student involvement both inside and outside of the classroom.” Undergrads also happily report that many professors make themselves “accessible” and are “happy to talk to any students who are interested in their class.” And one political science major even brags that “every teacher I’ve had has known the name of every student.” Finally, this blissful sophomore concludes, “The College of Charleston consistently provides great academics, meaningful experiences to engage with the city, and fantastic people who want to do fantastic things.”