The Beaufort campus overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway in quaint Beaufort, S.C. You'll study in the heart of the sea islands surrounded by the unique culture, environment, and aesthetics woven into this community over its 300 year history. You'll live within walking distance of shops and galleries, casual seafood and five-star restaurants, and the waterfront park.
The Beaufort Campus is home to Beaufort College Honors as well as programs in Studio Art, History, and Marine Biology.
Beaufort College Honors
USCB is pleased to announce the Beaufort College Honors program (BCH) in Biology, Business, Nursing, and Lowcountry Studies. BCH scholars will receive an annual Honors scholarship based on availability. Scholars remaining in good Honors program standing can maintain the scholarship for up to four years.
For more information, please visit our Beaufort College Honors site: http://www.uscb.edu/academics/honors-program/index.html
Visual Art & Design
Situated in a vibrant downtown art community, USCB’s Department of Fine Arts provides students with a focus in studio art practice and theory, supported by art history, within the context of the liberal arts. Our curriculum offers breadth of experience at the fundamentals level in Studio Arts and Media Arts, encouraging depth of study through upper level classes exploring a discipline of choice.
Our Studio Arts program provides students with a solid foundation in design theory and practice, offering classes in 2D Design, 3D Design, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture, Digital Photography, and Graphic Design. Our Media Arts concentration applies fine arts skills to digital media through experiential learning via real-world projects and internships, with classes in Media Design, Digital Imaging, Digital Animation, Broadcast Design, and Video Game Design.
As part of a liberal arts education at USCB, students are trained for careers as professional artists as well as prepared for graduate study through exposure to practice-based research methods. Combining the university experience with intense studio arts practice helps students apply their knowledge in today's changing world, providing the necessary background for a successful career in the arts.
For more information:
Chris Robinson, M.F.A.
Chair of Fine Arts
The study of the past has been a cornerstone of Western education for more than 2000 years. It challenges students to become critical, well-rounded, and self-reflective individuals through an engagement with the history of the human community. The History program at USCB continues in this tradition, cultivating in its students a broad cultural and historical awareness as well as the ability to read carefully, think critically and write effectively. All History majors undertake original research projects, producing an article-length scholarly essay.
Majoring in History at USCB is not just an education, it’s a unique experience. To avoid falling into the trap of “Those who forget history are bound to repeat it,” the History program helps students learn lessons from the past that may be applied to modern day circumstances. USCB regularly offers courses in “applied” history where students gain experience and hands-on practice in using their skills as historians to engage public audiences (for example, “Applied Digital History” and “Applied Public History”). In Beaufort, one of the most richly historic places in America, USCB students participate in internship programs with local museums and historical organizations, as well as project assistants in national grant-funded projects.
For more information:
J. Brent Morris, Ph.D
Professor of History and Humanities Department Chair
Director, Institute for the Study of the Reconstruction Era
USCB sits on the edge of the land and sea. The study of marine biology is only natural here, especially given our coastal position. Marine Biology students receive firsthand experience from faculty who are actively researching diverse areas such as medically beneficial bacterial films on sharks, seasonal changes in fish reproductive “songs,” the effects of terrestrial activities on estuarine health, and the reproduction of invertebrates and the effects of larval behavior in their dispersal.
USCB’s campus network spans one of the largest expanses of Spartina marsh on the United States east coast, bordering the 350,000-acre Ashepoo, Combahee, Edisto (ACE) Basin that is described as “One of the last great places” by the Nature Conservancy. These areas host a huge diversity of marine plants and animals. The Port Royal Sound, the largest natural port on the east coast of the U.S, serves as a major ecological habitat for migratory waterfowl as well as a seasonal nursery for commercial marine fish and invertebrates. Understanding and preserving this region and others like it are of increasing importance in the wake of sea-level rise and changes in climate.
Beaufort County and its economy are highly tied to its natural resources and the marine environment, relying on a workforce that is knowledgeable about, and educated on, preservation. USCB has partnerships with local and regional non-profits and agencies (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), S.C. Department of Natural Resources, Port Royal Sound Foundation, etc.) for student internships and job placement following graduation.
For more information:
Joseph L. Staton, Ph. D.
Dean of Science and Mathematics
Professor of Biology and Marine Science
Beaufort Campus Address
801 Carteret Street
Beaufort, South Carolina 29902