Your undergraduate classes are taught by world-renowned experts in their fields: leading scholars and active professionals who continue to explore new ideas, develop new technologies and contribute to the world’s store of knowledge. You will have the opportunity to discuss your ideas, receive feedback on your class projects, and be personally introduced to the worlds of high-level research and creativity.
USC faculty are winners of hundreds of academic and professional honors, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Academy, Emmy, and GRAMMY awards, and awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sixty-eight faculty are members of the prestigious National Academies, advisors to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine.
Other measures of our faculty’s intellectual clout include the amount of research funding they receive — $571 for the 2019 fiscal year — and their long list of life-changing inventions, celebrated books, prize-winning performances and TV news appearances.
"My faculty mentor, Dr. Megan McCain, has taught me to persevere and not be afraid ..."
Below are just a few of USC’s outstanding scholars.
USC School of Cinematic Arts
The Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture
Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Director of MFA Dramatic Writing, Head of Undergraduate Playwriting
Professor of International Relations
at Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Director of the Popular Music Project at The Norman Lear Center
Marshall School of Business
Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching
Viterbi School of Engineering
Chair of the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Angus Deaton, James Heckman, George Olah, Daniel McFadden, Murray Gell-Mann, Arieh Warshel
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Gary Cohn, Michael Parks
Luis Alfaro, Elyn Saks, Jacob Soll, Josh Kun, Viet Thanh Nguyen
National Medal of the Arts
Morten Lauridsen, Frank Gehry, George Lucas
National Humanities Medal
Tom Abrams, Geoffrey Cowan
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
National Science Foundation Career Award
National Academy of Sciences
Institute of Medicine
National Academy of Engineering
American Association of the Advancement of Science
American Academy of Arts & Sciences
American Philosophical Society
National Academy of Public Administration