Academic Life

At the University of Southern California, students prepare to meet the challenges of the 21st century through a world-class education unmatched anywhere else. Undergraduate coursework emphasizes an examination of issues within a global framework and provides numerous opportunities to study abroad, encourages students to pursue original research, emphasizes the application of classroom knowledge to solving real-world problems, and fosters a commitment to community service.

At USC, students push beyond accepted boundaries and graduate as leaders in their fields.

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USC Education

Since its founding in 1880, USC has grown into a top-tier private research institution, with all the resources of a large, urban university and the nurturing environment of a small liberal arts college.

USC Core

The USC Core is the hallmark of a USC education and the common bond between you and all other USC undergraduates.

Undergraduate Programs of Study

USC’s liberal arts college and professional schools offer top-ranked programs in virtually every field you can think of — and many you may have never imagined.


Undergraduate Degree Programs.
Program descriptions and degree requirements may be found in the sections of this catalogue under the units listed in boldface type.


Undergraduate Degree Programs. A list of academic minors and the schools and/or departments which administer them.


USC remains dedicated to excellence in scholarly research that advances human knowledge and is ranked among the top 10 universities in federally supported research.

First-Year Programs

Programs such as Freshman Seminars, Freshman Science Honors and Thematic Option allow high-achieving students to challenge themselves academically, gain research experience and pursue a particular area of study in depth.

Faculty Highlights

USC’s world-class faculty are leaders in their fields, comprising members of the distinguished National Academies, as well as Nobel, Pulitzer and Emmy award winners.

Honors Programs

Honors programs challenge students to work at an advanced pace, surpass traditional academic boundaries, engage in original research.

Opportunities Abroad

From international research partnerships to distance learning, from study abroad to community-service programs with a global reach, teaching and learning at USC extend across countries and continents.