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Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.R.S.C.

South Carolina Honors College

The Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A.R.S.C.) degree allows a student to create a customized program of study outside of traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students typically apply for this major the second semester of their first year in Honors.

Only available to Honors students, the highly selective program gives students the opportunity to create a customized major and curriculum by developing a challenging course of study tailored to specific interests and career goals when they can’t be accomplished with a double major, dual degree or other options.

Program Highlights

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    Academic Excellence

    Enjoy innovative and experiential learning from the nation’s top ranked public honors college.

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    Depth of Knowledge

    Participate in award-winning research all four undergraduate years through the B.A.R.S.C. program.

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    Customized Pathway

    Create a unique and challenging curriculum that fits individual interests, needs and aptitudes.

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    Inspiring Experts

    Develop close and collaborative relationships with top faculty from across the university.

What You’ll Study

Admitted students develop a unique program of study with their B.A.R.S.C. and faculty advisors. Many students use the program to begin in-depth studies of what they love before graduate school. Students often participate in undergraduate research and the South Carolina Washington Semester program.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Advocacy

    Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making


    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal

    Understand Complexity

    Analyzing and synthesizing information to identify patterns and connections

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Researcher
  • Ambassador
  • Educator
  • Lawyer
  • Policy Maker
  • Scientist

Workplace Settings

  • Academia
  • Government
  • Legal
  • Medicine
  • Public Service
  • Research