/ USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Steve A. Kay, Ph.D.,
Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair in theUSC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciencesand Professor of Biological Sciences, Neurology,Physiology and Biophysics
Dani Byrd, Ph.D.,
Vice Dean for Institutional Affairs
Steven Lamy, Ph.D.,
Vice Dean for Academic Programs
George Sanchez, Ph.D.,
Vice Dean for College Diversity and Strategic Initiatives
Donal Manahan, Ph.D.,
Vice Dean for Students
Charles McKenna, Ph.D.,
Vice Dean for NaturalSciences
Peter C. Mancall, Ph.D.,
Vice Dean for the Humanities
Wendy Wood, Ph.D.,
Vice Dean for Social Sciences
Executive Director for the Office of Communication
Neil Macready, M.S.,
Senior Associate Dean for Advancement
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Associate Dean
Kathleen Speer, MLS,
Jane M. Cody, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean for AcademicPrograms
Wayne Combs, M.B.A.,
Associate Dean for Advancement Operations
Richard Fliegel, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Susan H. Kamei, J.D.,
Associate Dean for Advancedand Professional Programs
Linda Lopez, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean for Diversity andStrategic Initiatives
Karen Rowan-Badger, B.S.,
Assistant Dean for Admission
James R. McElwain, A.I.A.,
Departments and Programs
American Studies and EthnicityAnthropologyArt HistoryBiological SciencesChemistryClassicsComparative LiteratureComparative Studies in Literature and CultureEarth SciencesEast Asian Languages and CulturesEast Asian Studies CenterEconomicsEnglishEnvironmental StudiesFrench and ItalianGender StudiesGeographyGermanHealth and HumanityHistoryInterdisciplinary StudiesInternational RelationsJudaic StudiesKinesiologyLiberal StudiesLinguisticsMathematicsMiddle East StudiesNarrative StudiesNeuroscienceOcean SciencesPhilosophyPhysics and AstronomyPolitical ScienceProfessional WritingPsychologyReligionSlavic Languages and LiteraturesSociologySpanish and PortugueseSpatial Sciences Institute
Additional Programs Administered byUSC Dornsife
American Language InstituteFreshman SeminarsGeneral EducationJoint Educational ProjectLearner Centered CurriculaOverseas StudiesPostbaccalaureate Premedical ProgramResident Honors ProgramSupplemental Instruction ProgramThematic Option ProgramWriting Program
Graduate Studies in Letters, Arts andSciences
Graduate studies leading to the master’s and Ph.D. de-grees are available within most departments of the USCDornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Candi-dates for graduate degrees must complete both thedepartmental requirements listed for each degree andthe general requirements set by the Graduate School.
The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciencesawards the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in a number of disciplines. Each degreerequires a minimum of 128 units.
Students in the college may major in a single disciplineor combine several interests in an interdisciplinaryprogram.
Selecting a Major
A major may be chosen because the student is espe-cially interested in a subject, because of particular abili-ties in certain areas, or because it is an especially fittingpreparation for a profession. The choice of a major maythus become part of planning for a career. But a choicein the college does not limit the student to a single ca-reer or line of work. Liberal arts majors are unusuallyadaptable; they are suitable preparations for manycareers.A student may declare a major at any time, but isexpected to record his or her major in the Office of Aca-demic Records and Registrar at or before the beginningof the junior year or completion of 64 units. This allowssufficient time to fulfill the course requirements of themajor in the student’s third and fourth years. For somemajors, however, and especially for a major in one of thenatural sciences aiming for the B.S. degree, it is advan-tageous to declare the major sooner, so the programcan be spaced over the full four years.
Changing a Major
If, after a major has been declared, the student wishesto change to a different field (or add another field of study to the existing one), a Change of Major form mustbe filed. The form may be obtained in the Dornsife Col-lege Advising Office or the Office of Academic Recordsand Registrar in John Hubbard Hall. The form must becompleted and returned to the Office of Academic Rec-ords and Registrar. When a major is changed, the newdepartment adviser must sign the form.
Types of Majors and Major Requirements
Departmental Major (B.A. or B.S. Degree)
A departmental major for the B.A. degree consists of specified lower-division courses and, generally, not lessthan 24 or more than 32 upper-division units in a singledepartment or discipline. A greater concentration of units in a single discipline is usually required in majorsfor the B.S. degree than in majors for the B.A. degree.The specific requirements for each departmentmajor will be found in the departmental sections of thiscatalogue.
Double Major (B.A./B.A. or B.S./B.S.)
A double major consists of two majors which allow thestudent to earn the same degree, either a B.A. or B.S.degree, within the college. The student must completethe requirements for both majors and whatever othercourse work is needed to complete 128 units. Combina-tions of interdepartmental and department majors arealso possible. See page 51 for rules governing the over-lap of courses allowed for a double major.
Interdepartmental MajorsHumanities or Social Sciences Major (B.A. Degree)
A humanities or social sciences major consists of notless than 32 upper-division units within departmentsin the humanities or departments in the social sci-ences. Of the 32 required upper-division units for theinterdepartmental major, 20 are typically taken in onedepartment, and the additional 12 units are taken fromapplicable courses in the area in which the departmentof concentration is housed. See the departmental listingfor more specific requirements for the interdepartmen-tal major, including lower-division requirements.
Physical Sciences Major (B.S. Degree)
The departments of chemistry, earth sciences, andphysics and astronomy, cooperating with one another,offer a physical sciences major in the natural sciencesand mathematics. The major requires specific lower-division courses in chemistry, earth sciences, math-ematics, physics and 28 upper-division units of majorcourses in the four departments. Of the 28 requiredupper-division units, at least four units must be taken ineach of the four cooperating departments.