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When you study in the College of Arts and Sciences, you follow in the footsteps of more than 75,000 graduates. No matter where you go or what career you work in, you’re certain to meet other Arts and Sciences alumni. 

Discover USC's vibrant alumni community through a wealth of events, news updates, and accolades.  


USC English alumna climbs Capitol Hill to become one of the House’s top lawyers

Ashley Callen, a Capitol Hill fixture, has spent 25 years conducting Congressional investigations, questioning witnesses in an impeachment hearing, and advising elected representatives, starting her political career as a high school summer intern and now serving as the top staff level lawyer in the House of Representatives under Speaker Mike Johnson, a role she describes as the professional honor of a lifetime.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor-in-chief Leroy Chapman inspires next generation of journalists

In March 2023, University of South Carolina alumnus Leroy Chapman Jr. made headlines — as the first person of color to be named editor-in-chief of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Former S.C. Gov. David Beasley to join faculty at USC law school

Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley will join the faculty of the University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law on March 1.

Alumni Spotlight: Marva Smalls

Marva Smalls attended the University of South Carolina specifically to be close to the center of state government. She knew she wanted to work in politics, and she wanted to start right away. 

Alumni couple use 'complementary skillset' to create thriving taproom

Brian and Nicole Cendrowski spent more than a decade dreaming of opening their own brewery before settling on a plan and a location. Their Fireforge Brewery & Taproom in downtown Greenville weathered the pandemic and is now a thriving member of the Upstate community they call home.

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Alumni Spotlight: David Foust

After earning his psychology degree at the University of South Carolina, David Foust took his career in an unexpected direction: Public safety.

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Mike Colter

Mike Colter majored in theatre and has acted in more than 40 films and television series. From 2016 to 2018, he played the Marvel superhero Luke Cage in the Netflix series of the same name. 

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Jotaka Eaddy

Jotaka Eaddy earned a political science degree and was the first Black woman elected student government president. She has since helped Silicon Valley and Wall Street become more diverse and inclusive, and she helped win a U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished the juvenile death penalty. 

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Lilly Heidari

Since graduating with a degree in English and theatre, Lilly Heidari has carried her passion for storytelling into the movie production industry. As a member of Local Cinema Studios, Lilly has worked on two full-length films, including one recently filmed entirely on USC’s Columbia campus. 

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Amber Wellings

Amber Wellings took her academics beyond the classroom during her time as an archaeology student, participating in field work with her professor and a cultural resource management firm in Georgia. She used that hands-on experience to land a job working with the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado. 

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Paris Smalls

Paris Smalls is using his geophysics degree to help preserve the environment and to make harvesting natural resources more efficient. The company he co-founded, Eden GeoTech, has received grant funding from the U.S. government and landed him on Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Energy list. 

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Herman Phillips

Film and media studies graduate Herman Phillips has worked on award-winning productions including Lucasfilm's The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. His company Cinapse created an app that is revolutionizing the way studios handle production, and it earned him a spot on Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list. 

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Kiley Hurst

Kiley Hurst’s research has been cited by the New York Times, NBC News and Axios. The statistics graduate now works as a research assistant for the highly-regarded Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. and uses the data she collects to tell important stories. 



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