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What makes USC College unique? Incredibly diverse undergraduates, intellectual curiosity and f irst-rate faculty.”  illiam deverell, professor of history and director, w huntington-usc institute on california and the west


My students are inquisitive, eclectic, open-minded, fun, engaging, smart, critical and passionate.” l anita jacobs-huey, associate professor of anthropology and american studies & ethnicity


USC College provides a broad education and an integrated approach to learning so you can fully explore your world.” chi mak, professor of chemistry


USC College offers students so many choices while retaining a small private school atmosphere.” steven light, junior; major: linguistics/psychology; minors: spanish, east asian languages & cultures

Your journey starts here.

this experience with a spirit ‘‘ ofApproach exploration and make USC College

the place to begin your journey.”

howard gillman, dean, usc college, anna h. bing chair, professor of political science and history

from the dean

USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences — the academic heart of this great university, a rich landscape of inquiry and discovery, offering the choices you need to do justice to your extraordinary talent, ambition and curiosity.

More than 30 academic departments in the humanities, social sciences and life/physical sciences offer 130 different majors and minors. Expand your horizons. Find new passions.

We are big and diverse enough to satisfy the breadth of your interests — but small enough to allow you to work one-on-one with our world-class faculty, and to offer one-on-one academic support that lets you learn, develop your full potential, find your path.

At USC College we will pay you to do research with a faculty mentor and prepare you to become a Discovery Scholar. We will challenge you to excel in very different academic fields and embrace the ethic of a Renaissance Scholar. We

will provide a gateway to the world, through study abroad and our Problems Without Passports program, so that you can become a Global Scholar. Coursework beyond the classroom. Learning through service. A community of support. USC College — the place that nurtured 16 of USC’s last 20 valedictorians, as well as generations of Fulbright,

Marshall, Luce and Truman Scholars; the pathway to the nation’s top graduate, professional, law and medical schools; the home of the vast majority of university-wide faculty award winners for Excellence in Teaching.

Preparing you for success in a changing world. Empowering you to live a more full and meaningful life. Take full advantage of these exciting years. Approach this experience with a spirit of exploration and make USC College the place to begin your journey. Sincerly,

Howard Gillman Dean, USC College Anna H. Bing Chair Professor of Political Science and History


You’re ready to go The future is an open road. And it starts at USC College. Welcome to your next step: where opportunity has no limits, and success is measured in personal discovery. Where

relationships last a lifetime,

and one-on-one academic support lets you learn, develop and grow.

makes anything possible.

And where passion

It’s your education, done your way — with the things you can’t do without. Like advisors who pay attention and

professors at the top of their fields. Coursework

beyond the classroom and fieldwork around the globe. Learning through service and faculty mentors that help you soar. It’s your

creative, collaborative home for ideas that have an impact.

It’s ivory tower meets real world: a great American research university in

in a class of its own.

Los Angeles, a city

This is a path unlike any other — part challenge, part triumph and all

reward. We believe what you think matters and what you do makes a difference. That individual attention means your only number should be one. That community

is key: strong networks linking people together so you can thrive.

we are usc college, and this is what we believe: you can change the world – we can show you how. 4

come join us, we’re ready for you! At USC College, we know what makes a great research

learning that lets you play a leading role in the creation of

a world-class undergraduate curriculum. Create opportunities

human brain? Eager to unravel the mysteries left behind by

university: Bring together internationally renowned faculty and that foster critical thinking skills for long-term success in a

wide range of career fields. Build a stunning, state-of-the-art

campus in the middle of a vibrant, diverse metropolis, and use

the city as your interactive laboratory. And make it personal: an intimate, accessible atmosphere where individual support is the name of the game.

Home to more than 6,000 students and offering over 80 majors and 50 minors, USC College is the academic hub of USC. It’s the heart of the campus community, where the humanities,

social sciences and natural sciences intersect and you’re able to

sample them all. From Neuroscience to International Relations, Biological Sciences to Art History, Environmental Studies to

Political Science, the College is where you come for ideas that

inspire you and where you discover strengths and passions you

knowledge. Interested in delving into the complexities of the ancient cultures? Want to pioneer new discoveries at the

cutting edge of global climate change? Then USC College is the place for you.

Whether you declare a major right away or give yourself

time to decide, you’ll be part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary

environment that prizes creativity, initiative and intellectual rigor. You’ll work side-by-side award-winning professors

and enjoy the resources of one of America’s premier private

colleges. You’ll have opportunities to study abroad, experienc-

ing life in locations around the globe, including France, South

Africa, China and New Zealand. And you’ll have the world at

your fingertips right here in Los Angeles, as you explore the city regarded as the crossroads of global culture.

never knew you had.

Our focus is simply this: providing the unparalleled educational

This is where the action is — where you’ll find the definitive

our accomplishments speak for themselves, attracting elite

research college of the 21st century. It’s a revolution in hands-on

experience of a top college of letters, arts and sciences. And faculty, amazing staff and incredible students like you.



Passi o n M eets P o ssi At USC College, when we say “humanities,” we mean everything We’re talking about fascinating fields of study that take you anyw go. With a grounding in the disciplines that form the building bl you’ll write your own ticket to 21st century success.

Courses of Study: Humanities African American Studies, B.A.

American Studies and Ethnicity, B.A. Art History, B.A.

Asian American Studies, B.A. Chicano/Latino Studies, B.A. Classics, B.A.

Comparative Literature, B.A.

East Asian Area Studies, B.A.

East Asian Languages & Cultures, B.A. English, B.A. French, B.A.

Health and Humanity, B.A. Italian, B.A.

Judaic Studies, B.A. Linguistics, B.A.

Linguistics/East Asian Languages & Cultures, B.A. Philosophy, B.A. Religion, B.A. Russian, B.A. Spanish, B.A. 6

bility humanly possible. here you want to ocks of civilization,

‘‘ The College has offered me the

ability, with faculty at my side, to explore and expand my interests.”

nina portugal major: english; minor: chemistry

Edwin Hill Assistant Professor of French & Italian and Comparative Literature

What undergraduate courses do you teach? I’ve taught or am teaching undergraduate courses on post/colonialism and Francophone literature, focusing on the French Caribbean. My upper division course subjects include globalization and resistance, French primitivism and women’s voices in contemporary Caribbean literature. How long have you been a member of the USC faculty? One year strong! What do you think distinguishes the humanities at the College? The number of remarkably talented and unique scholars offering innovative and interdisciplinary courses at the undergraduate level. What do you think makes USC College unique? One thing is its location. Students are able to engage their intellectual and artistic interests outside the classroom in a rich urban environment, while still getting the college feel you get at many small town schools. What are five of your favorite things about Los Angeles? The weather, the many cultural scenes, the diversity, the food — and oh yeah, did I mention the weather? (I’m from the Midwest.)


From Ancient Athletics to Contemporary Art American Studies and Ethnicity (AMST) 274, Exploring Ethnicity Through Film: Examination of the constructions of American ethnicity/race in film. Art History (AHIS) 270, L.A. Now: Contemporary Art in Los Angeles: Explores the production, display and critical reception of contemporary art, taking Los Angeles as its laboratory. Classics (CLAS) 315, Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World: The role of athletic training and competition in ancient society, from the Greek Olympic games to Roman gladiatorial combat and modern recreations. Spanish (SPAN) 391, Introduction to Contemporary Spanish Literature: Readings in contemporary Spanish literature. Includes lectures by recognized Spanish writers and scholars. Taught at the USC Madrid Center in Spain.

Immerse yourself in Italian. Marvel at the magic of Matisse.

through your ability to problem solve and

focus, you’ll gain critical knowledge and key insights — in

— skills honed by your humanities classes

Find more on the philosophy of Freud. No matter your

addition to a sound academic foundation and the tools you need to thrive.

What can you do with a background in the humanities? Pursue your dreams as a doctor writer lawyer linguist

fluidly navigate different points of view at USC College.

This is the place to learn, to stretch and to broaden your

horizons — to expand your worldview, and to deepen your knowledge across a vast intellectual universe. This is your

I have made great connections with my professors in the College — I know I can go to them and speak to them about their f ields, or my future f ield, and have a great discussion with them.” dinah manning major: philosophy; minor: communication & the entertainment industry business leader artist politician actor teacher philosopher or

whatever your passion demands. Use the analytical skills and cultural concepts you’ve learned to help you gain a deeper

understanding of human nature. No matter what path your future career takes, we know you achieve success

time, and we’ll help you make the most of it, unearthing new interests and taking advantage of unsurpassed

opportunity. At the College, we put the world in your

hands, showing you every door and giving you the key.

This is your future without limits. 8

Robin Achen Majoring in English and Neuroscience What do you think makes the College unique? One of my favorite things about the College is that it encourages students to double major, either within or outside the College. I really like that it encourages us to pursue a wide spectrum of our interests.


What was a course at the College that had an impact on you? American Studies 449: Asian American Literature. It far exceeded my expectations. I not only read famous Asian American novels, but also graphic novels and less wellknown works. I found myself forced to think about my preconceived notions of what “Asian American lit” is. As an Asian American student myself, I really appreciated this class as a way to learn both more about a group of people through literature and about myself.

What is an interesting opportunity you’ve had during your time here? As a freshman, Thematic Option exposed me to a number of different academic disciplines under some of the best professors on campus. It was also a great way to meet friends! T.O. allowed me to participate in my first academic conference, an exciting (and slightly terrifying) experience I’ll never forget! How is the College as a place to build new relationships? It’s a great place. Some of my best friends are people I met through College classes I took freshman year. We were able to bond over our classes and forge lasting friendships. The College has also been the place where I’ve found wonderful faculty mentors.


Destinati o n: E xcite At USC College, choosing a major (or double major, or

minor) doesn’t just move you closer to a degree — it expands

your career options. Gets you ready for the fields of the future. And prepares you for a world of excitement. From here, you can go anywhere.

Let’s say you’re naturally inquisitive. You like to tell stories. You never stop digging for truth. You want to meet interesting people and see new places. Consider a career as a:


american popular culture

creative writing

global communication


east asian area studies

How do you get there from here? At the College, there are so many paths, from writing to language to culture. So choose one. Or two. Or three. It’s up to you.


ment So you’re always cast in the role of ambassador. Making peace among family and friends. Searching for solutions to tough problems. Embracing new cultures and fresh ideas. Consider a career as a:

international relations

peace and conflict studies

cultures and politics of the pacific rim

middle east studies

diplomat sociology

It’s true what they say: The world is shrinking. But the College is here to help you grow — and offer you a variety of roads to get you to your destination.

Jeana Marinelli ’05 (major: Health and Humanity; minor: Visual Culture) Teacher; co-founded a small public school in Harlem How did your courses of study help prepare you for your career? Through my major and minor combination, I took a course in almost every discipline at USC and the College. In my career as a teacher and social entrepreneur, I find myself looking for intersections between seemingly disparate ideas. My academic major and minor remind me that I do not have to limit myself to one field or discipline.

Did you find the College community welcoming? During my first encounter with an admissions rep during my senior year of high school, I realized that USC was a place to build relationships. From my academic advisor, who personally walked me through picking classes, to finding professors in the early morning before class, I enjoyed each chance I got to interact with faculty and staff. The people at the College truly care about each student. I never felt like a number.


academic support

W her e aca d emic st Your success is our number one goal — and these programs get you off to a great start, helping first-year students conquer challenges and excel in a new environment. At USC College, we believe you deserve all the recognition and support that come with a top private college experience. Learning Communities

Study law with a sitting Justice of the California Court of Appeals,

We understand that it can seem intimidating to come to

or learn about bioterrorism from an international lecturer on

undecided (or open) freshmen, Learning Communities

psychoanalysis, the environment, science fiction, comic books

college without a declared major. Intended for incoming

infection control. Past topics include political cartooning,

combine the intimacy of individualized instruction with the

and international terrorism, just to name a few.

home as you search for your perfect major. Learning Commu-

Freshman Science Honors Program

resources of a powerhouse university to give you an academic nities are small groups of students (no more than 20), led by

a faculty mentor and an academic advisor, which help you tap

into the College’s diverse program offerings and introduce you

to our vast support network. As part of a Learning Community, you’ll register for two fall semester courses with other community members, giving you an instant peer group that enriches your social and academic life. And you’ll attend dinners with

faculty members, hear from guest speakers and take part in field trips and campus activities.

A community of students who share a drive to

understand the natural world, USC’s Freshman Science Honors Program (FSH) provides 60

outstanding freshmen a strong grounding in the

sciences and scientific research. Freshman Science Honors is more than just great classes and award-

winning faculty; it’s a dynamic learning environment that includes special events, small science labs and

academic support, making you a part of tomorrow’s scientific discoveries in fields like neuroscience,

Freshman Seminars Freshman Seminars allow incoming students to work closely

honors sections in general chemistry and introductory

inquiry. By participating in a weekly two-hour seminar on

laboratory research seminars, and faculty-guided

with distinguished faculty to explore new realms of intellectual

biology, a transition to advanced courses and

a topic of personal interest, students gain keen insights and

tours of USC’s renowned science facilities.

fresh perspectives that motivate their passion for learning.


nanoscience and ocean ecology. The program offers

a r s co me t o shine Thematic Option

complete your medical degree faster. Instead, you earn time during your

There’s a reason Thematic Option is widely regarded as one of the best

undergraduate years to pursue complimentary academic and co-curricular

literature, politics, history, biology and other disciplines, it engages

MD students have majored in everything from Sociology and Interna-

debate. The curriculum is organized around four core classes, as

annually for spaces in this program, which enrolls 30-40 new students

undergraduate honors programs in the country. Weaving together

interests. With their place in medical school assured, our Baccalaureate/

students in critical analysis, thought-provoking discussion and lively

tional Relations to Creative Writing and Classics. Hundreds compete

well as writing seminars, individual writing tutorials and an annual

each year.

best undergraduate teachers, and are kept small so students get more

Resident Honors Program

research conference. Courses are taught by some of the university’s personal attention. A rigorous and stimulating alternative to the

College’s general education program, Thematic Option is as remarkable as the students who pursue it.

Pack your bags and head off to college…one year ahead of schedule!

Each year, a handful of exceptional high school juniors have a chance to trade homeroom for a seminar room, life at home for life in a campus

residence hall and another year of high school classes for a full year of

Baccalaureate/MD Program

college courses. These are students whose intelligence, maturity and spirit

Let’s say you want to be a doctor, but you also love literature, social

for adventure set them apart from their peers, and prepare them early for

you can major in a nontraditional, non- “pre-med” field, with a guaranteed

your college career and meet your future at the College now.

studies or theoretical science. Through our Baccalaureate/MD program,

spot in the Keck School of Medicine at USC after graduation. You don’t

the opportunities — and challenges — of university life. Get a jump on

social sciences

E xamine the past. C There’s a reason people come here to explore the social sciences. They know that USC College offers that rarest of combinations: learning that transcends the classroom, and knowledge that jumps off the page.

Andrew Matson Majoring in International Relations

What attracted you to USC College? I was attracted to the College because all the general education (GE) courses are taught by tenured professors — and also because of its strong programs in subjects such as Political Science and International Relations.


people in the class, he made it feel like there were only 20 because he remembered every student’s name and encouraged active participation in class rather than just lecturing.

What do you think makes the College unique? The College doesn’t require an overwhelming number of GE courses, freeing up time for students to explore multiple majors and minors.

What is an interesting opportunity you’ve had during your time here? I am currently doing research with Professor Curtis from the Geography department by helping him create 3D models of post-Katrina New Orleans. This past summer, I had the privilege of traveling to New Orleans with Professor Curtis so that I could do actual fieldwork.

What was a course at the College that had an impact on you? International Relations 210, taught by Professor Lamy. It is a class that challenged me to see the world from multiple viewpoints. Also, Professor Lamy was extremely involved with his students; even though there were 200

How does the College foster collaboration between students and faculty? It’s an excellent place to build relationships, as it is very open and encourages student-teacher interactions through office hours, along with other extracurricular activities.

r eate the futu r e .

‘‘The College offers a unique experience

to students as a result of the academic depth and flexibility it provides.”

julia payson major: political science; minors: piano performance & international policy & management

Courses of Study: social sciences Anthropology, B.A.

International Relations/Global Business, B.A.

Economics, B.A.

Linguistics/Psychology, B.A.

Archaeology, B.A.

Environmental Studies, B.A. Gender Studies, B.A. Geography, B.A. History, B.A.

History and Social Science Education, B.A. International Relations, B.A.

Linguistics/Philosophy, B.A. Middle East Studies, B.A. Political Science, B.A. Psychology, B.A.

Social Sciences, B.A. Sociology, B.A.


Jennifer Wolch Professor of Geography What undergraduate course do you teach? I am scheduled to teach a new general education course on “Sustainability Science and Society” next spring. How long have you been a member of the USC faculty? Since 1979. How would you describe your students? They’re smart, curious, driven and engaged. Do you develop close, collaborative relationships with your students? Yes — especially through having students work on research projects, mentoring their efforts to enhance their knowledge and skills and launch great careers. What feedback do you hear from College graduates about the ways their experience prepared them for what came next? Many of our graduates go on to graduate schools and excellent jobs in the private, nonprofit and public sectors. They tell me that USC prepared them to think critically, write persuasively and approach problems thoughtfully and with technical savvy.

It’s the school. Top notch practitioners from around the world

gather at the College to test their theories, debate their findings and take advantage of unequaled resources. The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, the USC-Huntington Institute on California and the West, the Center for International Studies… the list goes on and on.

It’s the city. At the College, students have their fingers on the

global pulse of a trend-setting urban metropolis. It’s an unrivaled

place to observe — and soak up — diverse cultures. And whether your interests are tracking political trends or grappling with the

challenges of city planning, Los Angeles puts you squarely in the center of it all.

What are five of your favorite things about Los Angeles? The geographic setting (great weather, mountains and beaches, and also rivers!), diversity of people and neighborhoods, cultural opportunities, urban dynamism and food!


It’s you. You belong here, an integral part of our exceptional

academic community. Take advantage of opportunities to engage in internships, and conduct research having widespread societal implications. As the U.S. and other nations strive to address

From Global Culture to the American Dream Geography (GEOG) 100, Los Angeles and the American Dream: Evolution of Los Angeles and its role in the American Dream. Diversity in social/spatial organization, urban experiences, access to resources and exposure to environmental risks. History (HIST) 380, American Popular Culture: Rise of popular culture (sports, amusement parks, movies and television) and its significance in American society from mid 19th century to the present. International Relations (IR) 308, Globalization: Issues and Controversies: People, money, things, information and ideas flow across national borders. How can we understand globalization, its consequences and how to manage it? Multimedia training is provided. Psychology (PSYC) 465, Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Survey of current topics, technologies and techniques. Students acquire a basic understanding of how forensic psychologists contribute their unique expertise to the American legal system.

issues in the Middle East and other parts of the world, how will the global landscape be changed? Dissect the question and view answers through the lens of Economics, Sociology, International

The College is unique because of the ability to create what you want as an undergrad. There are so many research opportunities and major/minor combinations, and the accessibility of the professors is just incredible.� phil zager majors: economics and international relations

Relations, Political Science or History. How can the fall of the ancient Mayan civilization inform the way we live our lives today? Use Environmental Studies and Anthropology to build your hypothesis.

You can make a difference. Now is your moment: Seize it and make it your own.



AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES, B.A. American Popular Culture American Studies and Ethnicity AMERICAN STUDIES AND ETHNICITY, B.A. Ancient Religion and Classical Languages ANTHROPOLOGY, B.A. Arabic and Middle East Studies Art History APPLIED AND COMPUTATIONAL MATHEMATICS, B.A. & B.S. Astronomy ARCHAEOLOGY, B.A. Bioethics Biotechnology ART HISTORY, B.A. Chemistry ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES, B.A. Children and Families in Urban America Classics ASTRONOMY, B.A. & B.S. Coastal Ocean and Watershed Science BIOCHEMISTRY, B.S. Comparative Literature Consumer Behavior BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, B.A. & B.S. Critical Approaches to Leadership BIOPHYSICS, B.S. Cultural Anthropology Cultural Studies CHEMISTRY, B.A. & B.S. Cultures and Politics of the Pacific Rim CHICANO/LATINO STUDIES, B.A. East Asian Area Studies East Asian Languages and Cultures CLASSICS, B.A. Economics COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, B.A. Education in a Pluralistic Society English EARTH SCIENCES, B.A. Environmental Natural Sciences EAST ASIAN AREA STUDIES, B.A. Environmental Planning and Development Environmental Social Sciences EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES, B.A. Folklore and Popular Culture ECONOMICS, B.A. Forensics and Criminality French ECONOMICS/MATHEMATICS, B.S. Gender Studies ENGLISH, B.A. Geobiology Geographic Information Science ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, B.A. & B.S. Geography Geohazards Global Communication FRENCH, B.A. History GENDER STUDIES, B.A. Human Rights International Policy and Management

GEOGRAPHY, B.A. International Relations GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES, B.S. International Urban Development Italian HEALTH AND HUMANITY, B.A. Jewish American Studies HISTORY, B.A. Judaic Studies Kinesiology HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION, B.A. Latin American Studies Law and Society INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, B.A. Linguistics Managing Human Relations INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS/GLOBAL BUSINESS, B.A. Mathematical Finance ITALIAN, B.A. Mathematics Medical Anthropology JUDAIC STUDIES, B.A. Middle East Studies KINESIOLOGY, B.S. Natural Science Neuroscience LINGUISTICS, B.A. Nonprofits, Philanthropy and Volunteerism LINGUISTICS/EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES, B.A. Pacific Rim Development Peace and Conflict Studies LINGUISTICS/PHILOSOPHY, B.A. Philosophy LINGUISTICS/PSYCHOLOGY, B.A. Physics MATHEMATICS, B.A. & B.S. Political Organizing in the Digital Age MIDDLE EAST STUDIES, B.A. Political Science NEUROSCIENCE, B.A. Psychology PHILOSOPHY, B.A. Psychology and Law PHYSICAL SCIENCES, B.S. Race, Ethnicity and Politics PHYSICS, B.A. & B.S. Religion PHYSICS/COMPUTER SCIENCE, B.S. Russian POLITICAL SCIENCE, B.A. Russian Area Studies PSYCHOLOGY, B.A. Sociology RELIGION, B.A. Southern California RUSSIAN, B.A. Southeast Asia and its People Spanish SOCIAL SCIENCES, B.A. Theories of Art SOCIOLOGY, B.A. Visual Culture SPANISH, B.A.


Destinati o n: F ulfil Finding the right career can be a serious challenge. And

working toward it in a way that encompasses your varied

interests can be harder still. But at USC College, we make

it possible. Because fulfillment is not simply reaching the end of the trip. It’s also enjoying the ride.

Be honest: You like to argue. To engage in stimulating debate. You are moved to right wrongs, to seek justice, to make things better for those around you. Consider a career as a:

political science

human rights




american studies and ethnicity

Being an advocate takes courage, conviction and commitment to seeking the truth. It also takes deep knowledge of a broad range of subjects, spanning ethics, human rights and philosophy — all available for you to pursue at the College.


lment You believe the planet is a precious natural resource. Protecting it — for all of us, and for future generations — is your highest priority. Consider a career as an:

environmental studies

earth sciences



international urban development

psychology and law

To be an effective steward, you’ll need more than an appreciation for our physical environment. Understanding law and policy, and learning sound strategies for urban development, is absolutely vital. You’ve come to the right place.

Stacy Hope ’98 (double majored in International Relations and Print Journalism) Senior Communications Advisor, Delegation of the European Commission to the United States How did your courses of study help prepare you for your career? I work in the field of public diplomacy, so the International Relations program was extremely relevant. In my career, I apply the knowledge I gained in my classes every single day.

learn what is most interesting to you — and most relevant to your future. In the field of public diplomacy, I never know when I might find myself talking about Greek mythology, French literature or macroeconomics. My time at the College educated me about these areas and many others.

How has a liberal arts education had a positive impact on you as a person and as a professional? A liberal arts education offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore a wide variety of topics and

How would you describe your academic experience at the College? Challenging…diverse…global…interactive…and enduring. 21

special programs

M ake d iscov er ies. S Exceptional. Extraordinary. One of a kind. There’s simply no other way to describe an educational career path that redefines the college experience. We go above and beyond, extending your course of study outside the classroom and into the wider world. Our commitment to offering unmatched special programs and unlimited opportunities makes USC College a truly unique environment for hands-on learning. SOAR

in collaboration with USC or other academic and research

We strive to ensure that every College graduate has acquired the

institutions around the world. SURF helps students offset the cost

social issues of the day; mastered the principles of scientific

research in fascinating locations across the globe. Research the role

research institution: the creation of new knowledge. Student

genocide Rwanda, or travel to South Korea to examine the nation’s

providing undergraduate students with $1,000 grants for non-

College encourages your intellectual development — and makes a

skills of analysis, interpretation and expression; addressed vital

of travel, equipment, living expenses or fees as they pursue original

inquiry; and engaged in the central activity that defines a

of religion in healing, reconciliation and forgiveness in post-

Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) does just that,

policies toward North Korean refugees. It’s just another way the

course related research. Work with a faculty member in the

commitment to your growth.

study the effects of carbon dioxide emission on climate change.

Problems Without Passports

Spanish department to examine bilingual language acquisition or Team up with a member of our world-class faculty or start a project of your own; either way, you benefit from individual

mentoring and the academic and financial support you need to make a crucial impact in the world of serious scholarly inquiry.

SURF The Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) gives you

the resources to take your scholarship to the next level. Students apply for stipends of up to $3,000 for summer research projects


A global society presents challenges that transcend borders and require transnational solutions. These are “problems without

passports,” like global climate change, pandemics or the proliferation

ofweapons of mass destruction. At the College, we feel strongly that you have a role to play in tackling these and other issues — and

that a 21st century education demands the kind of exciting, rigorous training that will help you make a difference. Problems Without

ee the wo r ld. Passports introduces you to experiential learning: summer courses that

As a part of JEP, you’ll join your peers in volunteering at local schools,

say, in Belize or Washington, D.C. Your instructor will help you develop

campus community and learning about contemporary issues facing

combine problem-based inquiry with study away from the USC campus, the tools to understand and analyze the problem and design appropriate strategies to address it. So get ready for an invaluable travel and study adventure — this is one opportunity you won’t want to miss.

hospitals and community-based agencies, improving the surrounding

urban areas. Receive academic credit as you broaden your horizons and

improve quality of life for those around you — and be part of a groundbreaking movement that got its start at USC.

Overseas Study

Team Research Communities

Traveling abroad can be a rewarding and eye-opening experience; living

At USC College, collaboration is key. Each year, six groups of 10

explore new languages, people and cultures as part of our Overseas Study

on a significant group research project, guided by one of USC’s leading

abroad can be life changing. Students at USC College are encouraged to program. Choose from more than 50 semester-long, year-long and

summer study options from Madrid to Mexico, Athens to Australia,

Santiago to Seoul. And earn credit toward your major while you’re away, staying on track to graduate on time. Here at the College, we believe overseas study should enhance your education — not slow it down!

Undergraduate Research We know your talents are vast — and we welcome you as an integral part of

sophomores and juniors with similar academic interests work together faculty members. Join earth scientists Scott Paterson and Lawford

Anderson in observing, analyzing and modeling the geosystems of the Yosemite Valley and Mojave Desert. Let Phil Ethington of History lead you on an intensive historical and contemporary study of the

“Zoot Suit,” “Watts” and “Rodney King” riots in Los Angeles. As part of a team research community, you run the show, helping develop a project plan and determining your group’s collective goals — and, in the process, earning eight graded units of academic credit and

our amazing scholarly community. As a USC College undergraduate, you’ll

presenting your work at a symposium in the spring.

Design projects using our facilities on campus or throughout Southern

Multimedia Core

in a lab. Perform archival research in collaboration with award-winning

multimedia authorship. Through a partnership with the USC School of

find professors eager to support your research efforts in almost any field.

California. Make critical connections by conducting surveys or working

In a digital age, literacy means expertly navigating both writing and

faculty in the humanities or creative arts. Students have led innovation

Cinematic Arts, the College provides you access to the latest hardware

and discovery in areas as diverse as cancer cell investigation, cultural

barriers to free trade and scroll transcription in medieval Ireland. When it comes to research, we’re passionate about helping you find answers to the questions that move you.

Service Learning

and software in our state-of-the-art multimedia laboratory. Enroll in a Core class and affiliated practicum for an intimate lab experience that

will help you make visual arguments, conduct sophisticated networked

research and present media-based projects effectively. You’ll make short films, create interactive essays presented on DVD or online and record and distribute podcasts, all the while exploring the potential of multi-

How can you expand your knowledge, develop your professional skills and

media to break new boundaries of creative expression. And best of all,

USC College’s Joint Educational Project ( JEP) is one of the oldest and

the tools, and you take charge from there.

give back to your community — all at the same time? Founded in 1972,

no prior experience in multimedia creation is necessary — we give you

largest service-learning programs in the country, offering students a chance to combine academic coursework and meaningful community outreach.


natural sciences

Yo u r path . Yo u r way Enter a world of exploration and innovation. At USC College, w science — and your role in shaping its future. We’ve built a progr in the driver’s seat, helping you break new ground in experimenta

From Human Disease to Environmental Health Biological Sciences (BISC) 150, The Nature of Human Health and Disease: The human organism; the nature of inherited and acquired diseases; the biological and societal basis for the AIDS epidemic; therapy, drug design and the future. Environmental Studies (ENST) 150, Environmental Issues in Society: Exploration of the major social, political, economic, religious and philosophical disagreements that exist between scholars, leaders and citizens concerning today’s most serious environmental issues and problems. Kinesiology (EXSC) 205, The Science of Human Performance: The physiological and nutritional basis of human performance. Factors that facilitate and limit athletic achievement.


. e’re serious about am that puts you tion and discovery.

‘‘ One of my favorite professors

has made himself available for off ice hours, emails and phone calls at home. I’ve taken advantage of all three methods of communication!” kathleen adamcyzk major: biological biological sciences sciences

Samantha Butler Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

What undergraduate courses do you teach? Developmental Biology and Principles of Neural Development. I am also part of the Honors Seminar/Thesis course. How long have you been a member of the USC faculty? Four years. What do you think distinguishes the natural sciences at the College? The small upper level classes, taught by research-active faculty at the forefront of their fields. How would you describe your students? The top students are superb — comparable to the best at the institutions I have previously attended (Cambridge, Princeton, Columbia). What do you think makes USC College unique? I think the level of commitment and degree of personal attention that students get from the professors is unusual in a large, researchactive institution. What are five of your favorite things about Los Angeles? Beaches…taco stands…the proximity of the city to fantastic hiking…Catalina Island…the Hollywood Farmers Market…Five isn’t enough!


From the moment you get here, you’ll hit the ground

running, accessing the very best that only a world-class

research university can provide. Looking for one of the

nation’s preeminent environmental studies centers? We’ve got it. Hoping to find one of the largest — and most

prestigious — teaching hospitals in the country? We’ve

Evan Alicuben Major: Biological Sciences

got it. Want to be part of an internationally renowned

institute for earthquake analysis? We’ve got that, too.

We don’t want you to just sit back and memorize concepts from a

What attracted you to USC College? I didn’t really understand what it meant to be a part of the College until the mail started coming. Letters from faculty, deans and staff flooded my mailbox, each telling me about opportunities that awaited, and each person equally excited that I was coming to USC. The College was so welcoming that I knew I had made the right choice. What do you think makes the College unique? The truly diverse array of majors and academic opportunities offered. Professors and advisors constantly encourage students to pursue any kind of interest and to double major or minor. What is an interesting opportunity you’ve had during your time here? I currently help with a variety of research projects for USC’s Child Obesity Research center. One of the things I’ve enjoyed doing the most is going out with professional staff to work directly with youth and their families. To be on the front end of the research we study in class is very exciting for me. Also, as a pre-med student, learning about how research happens, and working with the people who benefit from it, motivates me to continue working on the path to becoming a doctor. If you had to sum up your College career in one sentence, what would it be? My College career has helped me to understand who I am and who I want to be both academically and socially in life.


textbook. At the College, you’ll take those concepts and use them as your foundation as you engage in research and community

service. Work on a team investigating the causes of schizophrenia;

volunteer in the day clinic at the USC Norris Cancer Center; take the time to teach local elementary students about nutrition and exercise. Be an innovator, a problem solver, an agent of change

— someone who helps answer fundamental scientific questions

and looks for opportunities to better the world — while gaining experiences that will serve you well in your future career.

The College provides many opportunities for small group learning, which are greatly conducive to building relationships with peers and faculty.” aakriti garg majors: biological sciences and economics; minor: bioethics Whether we’re preparing you to enter medical school or other types of health professional programs, building on your interest in pursuing scientific research as a career, providing you with the background needed to

become a successful teacher or satisfying a personal passion for the natural sciences, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills you need to compete on a global stage. A College education gives you an edge — not to mention a chance to enhance your scientific studies with a double major or minor and still graduate in four years.

This is the academic experience you design.

Courses of Study: natural sciences Applied and Computational Mathematics, B.A. & B.S. Astronomy, B.A. & B.S. Biochemistry, B.S.

Biological Sciences, B.A. & B.S. Biophysics, B.S.

Chemistry, B.A. & B.S. Earth Sciences, B.A.

Economics/Mathematics, B.S. Environmental Studies, B.S. Geological Sciences, B.S. Kinesiology, B.S.

Mathematics, B.A. & B.S. Neuroscience, B.A.

Physical Sciences, B.S. Physics, B.A. & B.S.

Physics/Computer Science, B.S. 27

Destination: Succes There’s more than one road to career success. At the College, we show you the way, helping you find the route that’s right for you. You bring the talent, drive and ambition. We provide the opportunity for you to achieve your dreams. You like to create things. From scratch. You want to know what makes things work and keeps them going. You’re a whiz with machines, and technology is your absolute passion. Consider a career as a:

physics/ computer science

managing human relations

environmental social sciences

applied and computational mathematics

information technology director psychology

There’s more to it than formulas and circuitry. Think “human behavior” — How will people use what you create? What will its impact be? There’s so much to learn; this is the place to start.


s You believe in empirical evidence. In the power of verifiable research. You’re a healer of minds and bodies. You want to help people live richer, fuller lives. Consider a career as a:



health and humanity

environmental social sciences



Medicine transcends disciplines. The natural sciences are crucial. But, as a doctor, you’ll treat the whole patient, not just the disease. At the College, we understand this — and we encourage you to expand your studies accordingly.

Pramita Kuruvilla ’99 (major: French; minors: Natural Science and Art History) Family physician and teaching faculty at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center How did your courses of study help prepare you for your career? I always dreamed of being a doctor, and I knew that medical school would be in my future. I ultimately settled on a French major, and am so grateful. My French/Art History combo taught me valuable skills, such as how to communicate in an unfamiliar culture and how to observe pieces of art closely in order to draw broad interpretations. These skills prepared me for practicing the “art of medicine.”

What was a course at the College that had an impact on you? Russian Art History. It was the best part of my freshman year, and I learned so much. Professor John Bowlt took us to LACMA to see some of the works there, and I remember thinking that was amazing — here was a bigshot professor, a leading authority in his field, and he took the time to take his class to the museum! How would you describe your academic experience at the College? Hard…scintillating…thought-provoking…exciting… horizon-broadening. 29

open majors

W e help. Yo u g r ow. College gives you choices. USC College creates opportunities. Your next four years are all about exploring new things: new interests, new friends, new directions. And USC College grows with you, presenting an ever-expanding array of options to open majors. We believe in helping you find your passion and discover un-

Through Health and Humanity, you can

Our major is personalized academic advising with advisors

medicine or community leadership with classes

tapped interests, and we’re there for you every step of the way. specifically focused on working with open majors, who will

provide you with the resources and support you need to take

college — and the world — by storm. Participate in a Learning

combine an internship in political science,

in biology, anthropology and psychology to see how health informs and is informed by ethics, gender, ethnicity and aging.

The immense variety and number of major/minor options makes the College unique. I’ve learned so much about so many interesting subjects!” elise welch major: open

Community as your first step toward diving into the possibilities

This is the experience of a lifetime, and your journey is a part of

General Education courses in a variety of academic areas.

Sciences or Philosophy, Psychology or Spanish, your course of

and finding a major. And continue to experiment by taking

As you explore different areas, you’ll find that our majors are interdisciplinary and cross traditional academic lines. With

International Relations/Global Business, you’ll gain a deeper

understanding of how world politics affect the global marketplace.

the thrill. Whether it’s Neuroscience or History, Biological

study — and the path you take to get there — will prepare you for what comes next: graduate school, medical school or law school, an MBA program or the start of a brilliant career.

Where will your future take you? The answer is here.


Leila Abu-Sharr Majoring in French (pre-med); started at USC as an open major What attracted you to USC College?

What is an interesting opportunity you’ve had during your time here?

I knew I wanted to go to a big school, but I was worried about being overwhelmed by a large, impersonal student body. At USC, everyone is a Trojan, and you feel instantly connected to everyone on campus.

I was in a Learning Community, and our coordinator organized a lunch with our Anthropology professor. He had just spent over a year in Borneo, studying orangutans, and it was great hearing him talk about his experiences.

What do you think makes the College unique?

How would you describe your experience at the College? Fantastic…wonderful…inspiring…motivating…unique.

The professors are incredible because they are experts in their field and are researching what they are teaching, which gives students great insight into the subject. The advisors are enthusiastic and helpful. Everyone in the College, from the professors to the students, has an incredible energy that inspires you to work hard, succeed and have fun while doing it.

If you had to sum up your College career in one sentence, what would it be? My College experience has been amazing, because the College is a warm, supportive community that provides the personal attention you need. 31

‘‘ My experience at the College has been a

story of intellectual and personal growth, where I have sought out a wide-ranging assortment of opportunities, from study abroad to research to community service!” katie gibelyou majors: history and cinema (critical studies)

Craig Stanford Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology What undergraduate courses do you teach? Origins of Humanity and Primate Behavior. How long have you been a member of the USC faculty? 16 years.

What feedback do you hear from College graduates about the ways their experience prepared them for what came next? My Anthropology majors always say they were worried Anthropology might not prepare them for life after college, but in fact they felt as well prepared as any major for professional school like medicine, or for graduate programs.

How would you describe your students? They’re stellar, free-thinking and achievement-oriented. What do you think makes USC College unique? Its flexibility and adaptability to student needs, combined with its overall excellence.


What are five of your favorite things about Los Angeles? The diversity of people, diversity of landscapes (from desert to mountains to ocean), diversity of great restaurants and cultural attractions and the diversity of opportunities.

USC College: Support is our middle name When it comes to personal attention and comprehensive academic support, USC College is ahead of the curve. We understand that you thrive with the right tools and resources — and we make it our personal mission to get you what you need. From study sessions to academic advising, writing assistance to foreign language tutoring, we’ve got it covered, helping you conquer challenges and preparing you for a future of singular achievement. Supplemental Instruction We know some subjects are uniquely challenging. That’s why we have Supplemental Instruction (SI), an

innovative academic program that targets difficult math and science courses such as General Chemistry and Molecular Biology and provides students with regularly scheduled weekly study sessions. Led by students

who have previously excelled in the course, these small, collaborative groups create a supportive environment where you’ll review lecture material, reading and homework, and learn successful exam strategies. SI is open to all students — and is totally free!

The Writing Center At the College, we believe that writing is a process, not a product. Welcome to The Writing Center, a

student-focused, non-grading facility whose sole purpose is to help you take your craft to a new level. We

work with students of all abilities on the process of critical thinking, drafting and revision that leads to clearly expressed ideas, coherent argument and persuasive reasoning. At The Writing Center, we don’t edit or proof-

read students’ papers; instead, through group workshops and one-on-one consultations, we equip you with the skills you need to make writing easier — and you learn strategies for expressing yourself more effectively.

The Language Center Language helps us make sense of the world, and The Language Center is dedicated to improving students’ communication with — and understanding of — diverse people and cultures across the globe. The center

provides interactive multimedia resources, audio and video materials and classrooms equipped with the latest

technology. Need to type an essay using Japanese characters? Want to practice your conversational skills with

a native speaker of Russian? Come here to study Arabic and Chinese, French and Italian, Hebrew and Hindi — or any of our broad range of language offerings. At The Language Center, you literally have the world in your hands!

Academic Advising You are not alone at USC College. Professional academic advising isn’t just available — it’s required. Advisors help make sure you complete the USC Core curriculum, and if you’re deciding between majors, they help you determine where your primary interests lie. Throughout your four years, they’ll connect you to an incredible array of resources and guide you to ongoing study in your field. Pre-health, pre-law and graduate school advisors guide you as you prepare for entrance into professional programs after graduation. There are

academic advisors for every major and minor in the College, as well as an entire staff of academic advisors ready to assist open majors in selecting their path. Our focus is your development, and our advisors are here to help.


Destinati o n : A dv en It’s a big world — and USC College helps you explore it. Your career is a journey and, with a sense of adventure and the education we provide, you can easily reach your goal. Our diverse areas of study all have one thing in common: They get you where you want to go. You’re a wheeler-dealer. Numbers are your thing. You’re fascinated by the psychology of the market. You understand that what happens in your backyard affects people thousands of miles away. Consider a career as an:

economics/ mathematics


investment banker

consumer behavior

international relations/ global business

Here’s the bottom line: Today’s investment banking professional needs more than math to survive. It takes a thorough grounding in a range of disciplines to prepare you. We know you’re up to the task. 34

latin american studies

tu r e It’s all about wanderlust. You can’t wait to hop the next flight to anywhere. To see the world with fresh eyes. To speak new languages and get to know foreign places. Consider a career as a:



travel writer italian

visual culture comparative literature

Of course, writing is essential. But that’s not all. To understand a culture fully, you need background: What is its history? What drives its literature? How does it interpret art? You have questions. We have answers.

Jeff Huang ’99 (major: Sociology; minor: Architecture) Account Director at a marketing technology company How did your courses of study help prepare you for your career?

How did relationships you forged at the College shape your professional path?

My training in Sociology prepared me well in the ability

My first job after moving to New York City upon

to listen to, and communicate well with, my clients, to

graduation was offered to me by a fellow Trojan.

understand their needs beyond what they express verbally and to come up with solutions that meet their challenges.

What was a unique opportunity you had during your time at the College?

How has a liberal arts education had a positive impact on you as a person and as a professional?

I was able to satisfy my curiosity about human social

A liberal arts degree prepares you to understand various

minor in a field of great interest. There are not a lot of

social dynamics and how people relate and interact.

universities that offer these opportunities collectively.

dynamics in a vibrant, inner city environment, as well as


A pplying t o U S C USC College seeks students who are scholarly, socially conscious and civic-minded, demonstrating an interest and involvement in society. Students who thrive in the College are diverse, seek out challenges both academically and personally, and take pride in being an active member of their community. Whether you’re a freshman applicant or a transfer student applicant, the USC College Office of Admission is available to guide you through the application process.

For information about USC College programs or to receive additional materials, please contact us at: USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences Office of Admission

3454 Trousdale Parkway, CAS 100 Los Angeles, CA 90089-0152

Phone: (213) 740-5930

E-mail: Website:

Admission Timeline September — December Attend a Meet USC program and visit campus. A limited number of on-campus and off-campus admission interviews available for freshman applicants (optional). October Part I USC application deadline November USC on-campus open house December Part II USC admission application deadline for freshmen applying for competitive scholarship consideration. Baccalaureate/MD program application deadline.

January Part II USC admission application deadline for freshmen February USC application deadline for transfer students for both scholarship and regular consideration March — April Financial aid offers awarded April 1 Freshmen notified of admission decision May 1 Freshman enrollment commitment deadline June Transfer students notified of admission decision or are asked to send spring grades June — July Orientation and fall class registration August Start of fall semester classes


‘‘My experience at the College has been

fulf illing, diverse, well-rounded, inspiring — and awesome.” soo park majors: political science and international relations

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