Colleges & Schools

The building blocks of a diverse and dynamic education

School of the Arts | School of Business | School of Education | School of Health SciencesSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences | School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs | School of Sciences and Mathematics | Honors College | Graduate School


The College of Charleston is a mid-sized university made up of seven separate undergraduate schools. Through our general education curriculum – and your own intellectual curiosity – you’ll probably take classes in all of them. (We also have an Honors College and a graduate school.)

School of the Arts

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The School of the Arts faculty is made up of professional artists, musicians and arts administrators who, along with its 900 majors and talented graduate students, are a source of artistic inspiration to the rest of the campus and the Charleston community. Majors: art history, music, studio art, theatre and dance, arts management, historic preservation and community planning; graduate programs: teaching the performing arts and arts management.

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School of Business

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The School of Business programs help students develop the skills they’ll need to enter the workforce right after graduation – whether they choose to remain in the area or move on to other markets around the globe. Majors: accounting, business administration, commercial real estate finance, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, international business, marketing, professional studies and supply chain management; graduate programs: MBA and accountancy.

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School of Education

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The School of Education prepares undergraduate and graduate students to be leaders in education. Whether you're looking to teach in a traditional classroom setting or engage with education in a new way, you'll learn all the skills you need. Majors: early childhood, elementary, middle level, secondary, and special education.

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School of Health Sciences

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The School of Health Sciences is home to the Department of Health and Human Performance. If you want to help people be at their best, whether that's through exercise, wellness or by influencing policy, explore the School of Health Sciences. Majors: public health (B.A. and B.S.), exercise science, physical education teacher education.

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School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest of the College’s seven schools. It encompasses nine departments (communication, English, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology and religious studies) as well as a popular program in urban studies. Together, they offer a dozen undergraduate majors, 25 minors and four graduate programs.

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School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs

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The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs is home to the most comprehensive undergraduate foreign language program in the Southeast. The school offers majors in three foreign languages (Spanish, French and German) and Classical studies, as well as majors in Latin American and Caribbean studies, Jewish studies and international studies. In addition, students can study five “critical languages” (Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese and Russian), as well as Greek, Latin, Portuguese and Italian.

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School of Sciences and Mathematics

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The School of Sciences and Mathematics consists of six departments (biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics and physics and astronomy), which offer 16 undergraduate majors and six graduate degree programs. Students have access to advanced resources such as Grice Marine Laboratory, S.C. Space Grant Consortium, Geographical Information Systems Lab, Project Oceanica, the Mace Brown Natural History Museum and numerous other resources.

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Honors College

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In the Honors College, approximately 700 motivated students from across the nation and around the world live, learn, and grow together while pursuing their unique interests and goals. The Honors College curriculum challenges students to view the world from multiple perspectives, and student experiences range from small, seminar-style courses to study-abroad opportunities, internships, research, and service projects at home and around the globe.

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Graduate School

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The intimate scale of the Graduate School programs, and the support of the professors, emphasize personal attention and foster a unique camaraderie between faculty and graduate students. In addition, Charleston is a next-generation city and a unique setting in which to conduct research. Diverse ecosystems, a wealth of historic data, an entrepreneurial business community and a thriving arts scene provide a living laboratory for many of our graduate programs.

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