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Academic Integrity: The University as an instrument of learning is predicated on the existence of an environment of integrity. As members of the academic community, faculty, students and administrative staff share the responsibility for maintaining this environment. Faculty members have the primary responsibility for establishing and maintaining an atmosphere and attitude of academic integrity such that the enterprise may flourish in an open and honest way. Students share this responsibility for maintaining standards of academic performance and classroom behavior conducive to the learning process. Administrative staff members are responsible for the establishment and maintenance of procedures to support and enforce those academic standards. Thus, the entire university community bears the responsibility for maintaining an environment of integrity and for confronting incidents of academic dishonesty. Area of Emphasis: An Area of Emphasis is a specific focus within a major that has been formally approved. Areas of Emphasis are listed within parentheses following the appropriate majors and do not appear on diplomas but are indicated on transcripts. Audit: (Audited Courses) Students may elect to audit courses during the first three weeks of the semester (or the third week equivalent for any session that is scheduled for less than 15 weeks). A course taken for audit (V) will be assessed at the current tuition rate. A course taken for audit (V) will not receive credit and will not appear on the USC transcript or grade report. Changing to audit is a process that is not available through web registration. Blackboard: Blackboard is the online learning portal though which many USC professors provide electronic copies of their course materials, including syllabi, readings and handouts. You may also participate in an online discussion or take a quiz with automatic grading and immediate feedback. You can access Blackboard at blackboard.usc.edu. Degree Credit: Defined as units that may be applied toward the units required for a USC degree. Double Major: A double major consists of two majors which allow the student to earn the same degree, either a B.A. or B.S. degree, conferred by the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers two kinds of majors, "departmental" and "interdepartmental.” A double major may consist of two departmental majors, two interdepartmental majors, or one departmental and one interdepartmental major. All double majors require a minimum of 12 upper division courses. Some upper division courses may count for both majors. For double departmental majors two upper division courses may count toward both majors. For departmental and interdepartmental majors, three upper division courses may count toward both majors. Double majors may be offered in other schools. The two majors must be offered by different departments but lead to the same degree, such as a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Music. Double majors consisting of two majors in the same department are not permitted. Dual Degree: Dual degree programs offer graduate students the opportunity to complete concurrently requirements for two degrees. Students enrolled in dual degree programs must complete all requirements for the dual degree program and then will be awarded both diplomas at the same time. The academic units which offer these programs frequently adjust the requirements for each degree to take into account the correlations between required course work. Students who have completed all the requirements for one of the degree programs and who decide to withdraw from the dual degree program may receive the appropriate single diploma. Students who have withdrawn from the dual degree program to receive the appropriate single diploma and later decide to complete the second degree must apply for admission, be admitted and then fulfill all requirements for the second degree. Detailed information regarding dual degree programs is listed in the appropriate school section.

" provides particular opportunities for you to sharpen your critical intelligence by considering specific (IV) applications of science and technology. The second part. social issues. new technologies and traditional forms of knowledge. The program is divided into two parts: the first part. and (VI) contemporary social issues of urgency and importance. and to articulate their own with coherence and integrity. Additional information regarding FERPA is also available on the Registrar's Web site. and to encourage a passion for learning. www. Faculty and staff who request access to student academic records in order to execute their normal duties must first review the information found on the university's FERPA Web site and complete the tutorial before access will be granted. Students wishing to restrict release of directory information may do so by completing the appropriate form provided by the Registrar's Office (JHH Lobby). integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge you will need to consider yourself (and to be considered by other people) a generally well-educated person. philosophy and art. (V) works of literature. cultures and traditions. Students wishing only to have their information withheld from the online USC Student Directory should contact the Registrar's Office (JHH 104). the Internet. A summary also appears in the current edition of the student guidebook.edu/registrar. USC may release certain information classified as directory information unless the student requests that such information not be released. The number of courses for which a student has registered is not a basis for determining full-time enrollment status. the faculty identified five principal goals: 1. In thinking over what is necessary. Units taken for audit do not apply to enrollment status calculation. 4. Parents who wish information from the education record of their son or daughter will not be provided the information unless the student has completed a "Records Release Authorization" form and submitted it to the Registrar's office. evaluate and use the vast amount of information now available via the media. At the discretion of university officials. helping to build intellectual community among students and faculty in the general education program. The freshman year semester of the writing requirement is co-registered with classes in the Social Issues category and a speaker series.edu/ferpa. The form is available in the Registrar's office and may be downloaded on the university's FERPA Web site at www. as well as (II) alternative cultural traditions and (III) the basic principles animating scientific inquiry. Full-Time Enrollment: A student is considered to be enrolled full time in a semester when the student has registered for 12 or more units as an undergraduate student. .” presents courses that give you the “big picture” about (I) the development of western European and American culture.usc.FERPA: Family Education Rights Privacy Act. science and society. all students must satisfy writing and diversity requirements to complete the USC Core. to teach students the skills needed for critical thinking.usc. www. eight or more units as a master’s level student or six or more units as a doctoral level student. The entire text of the university's policy is located in the Office of the General Counsel. Such requests remain in effect for the academic year. 5. 3. SCampus.usc. A complete listing of directory information is published in SCampus in the Student Education Records section and is also found in the FERPA section of the Registrar's Web site. to teach students how to apply these skills so that they can find. consistent with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). to teach skills in a specific context. called “Foundations. 2.e. Students wishing to review or seeking to amend their educational records should submit a written request to the university office in which the record is maintained. to teach students to discern and assess the values that underlie various critical positions.edu/ferpa. called "Case Studies. In addition. Students who complete this form authorize the university to release specific information from their education records to approved individuals. Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Registrar's Office. writing and reading. General Education Requirement: The university's general education program is structured to provide a coherent. i. The University of Southern California maintains the privacy of student education records and allows students the right to inspect their education records as stated in the university's Student Education Records policy.

Marks of CR. especially in emergency situations where hospitalization may be required. Change of Address. No unit credit is available. 0 points. NC. 2.7 points. 1. Placement Exams: Placement Examinations determine the student's level of ability in order to establish the appropriate placement level in subjects such as chemistry. All students carrying 6 units or more are automatically enrolled in the USC student health insurance plan. II. 0 points. but is not required. The choice of major may thus become part of planning for a career. Students are required to submit weekly reflective pieces helping them to make connections between their academic course work and their experiences in the community. Financial Aid Document Status & Summary. IP. P. 2 points. D-. Major: Students may major in a single discipline or combine several interests in an interdisciplinary program. Oasis: (Online Academic Student Information System). B+. Application for minor must be made to the department or professional school and a series of requirements must be met outlined on page 59-60 of the USC Catalogue. D. Western Cultures and Traditions Global Cultures and Traditions Scientific Inquiry one course one course one course Science and Its Significance Arts and Letters Social Issues one course one course one course Grade Point Average: The GPA is a cumulative average of all grades assigned for each unit in the credit value of a course. and other disciplines are assigned to neighborhood schools. A major may be chosen because the student is especially interested in a subject. III. . B-. C-. A-. because of particular abilities in certain areas. where they assist professionals. service-learning positions as a part of their academic course work.0 points. libraries. Oasis for Guests. Students registered in certain classes in the Departments of Biological Sciences. and similar sites. Grade Report. This online service allows students to access information regarding: Registered Course List. Degree Progress Summary Report. STARS Report. Students assist K-9 children in the university's "Family of Schools" in the areas of math and reading. or because it is an especially fitting preparation for a profession. mathematics and foreign languages. Work-study students work in conjunction with JEP through the USC Readers Plus program. teach. 0. Spanish. B. USCe. physics.pay (student account review & payment). hospitals and health clinics. 1 point. 0 points. Health Insurance: The University requires all students have supplemental health insurance. F.7 points. Joint Educational Project (JEP): The Joint Educational Project places university students in supervised.3 points. Minor: A specialized group of courses within a program of study. Earth Sciences.7 points. 3. Restrictions (holds). 4 points. All international and Health Sciences campus students are required to have health insurance even if they carry less than 6 units and are automatically enrolled. VI. A minor is available in some academic units. NP. Degree Navigator. Foundations: I. But a choice in the college does not limit the student to a single career or line of work. C. Transfer Credit Report. translate.General Education Requirements: Students in all programs are required to take one course that satisfies each of the following categories. Geography. IX.3 points. W.7 points. typically comprised of 18-25 credit hours. Sociology. MG and IN do not affect a student's grade point average. and make other contributions to individuals in the community. This will help to cover the cost of health care that cannot be obtained at the health center. Permit to Register. Change of PIN Manage Guest Access. 1. Enrollment Verification. UW.3 points. 2. 3. D+. Completed Course Summary. Case Studies: IV. allowing USC students the opportunity to serve in the community while gaining experience in an urban school environment. A. 3. C+. V.

STARS Report: The STudent Academic Record System report (STARS) reflects students' academic progress toward degree completion of their declared majors. These updates occur immediately following the add/drop deadline in the current term.usc. For undergraduate students. Sculpted by Roger Noble Burnham." University Park Campus: The University Park Campus – home to USC's College of Letters. Students may obtain the schedule at the Topping Student Center. regulations. the STARS report will include all requirements necessary for degree completion. course offerings and any other contents of this catalogue at any time. general education. Leavey Library or on USCweb (www. writing.edu/soc). the Graduate School. SCampus may be obtained at the Topping Student Center or on USCweb (www. Arts and Sciences. requirements for graduation. SCampus: This annual publication contains both general guidebook information for students and university policies concerning student conduct. scholarly. this life-size bronze statue of a Trojan warrior was unveiled on June 6. and 15 of the university's 17 professional schools – is located three miles south of downtown Los Angeles. the same is true for the lower-division writing requirement. Students are notified via their USC email account that STARS reports are available for review on OASIS. which includes general education. Tommy Trojan: Now a campus landmark. learning community at USC.usc. The schedule is distributed during the registration period of each session. as well as a strong academic environment. Students are responsible for understanding and abiding by policies contained in SCampus. the Office of Academic Records and Registrar. skillful. the Office of College Advising. The university reserves the right to change its policies. The general education requirements are met with coursework provided by the College of Letters. adjacent to the museums and sports facilities of historic Exposition Park. The program requirements listed in the USC Catalogue supersede any information which may be contained in any bulletin of any school or department. and ambitious.Residence Hall: A living. and diversity requirements. USC Catalogue: The USC Catalogue is the document of authority for all students. The upper-division writing requirement and the diversity requirement may be satisfied with courses offered by USC College or by some of the university's professional schools. Tommy Trojan was modeled after different USC football players. The 235-acre campus is rich with architectural history and home to a vibrant cultural community. Schedule of Classes: The Schedule of Classes lists the courses offered during any given term and provides detailed information on registration procedures.edu/scampus). This report contains all USC course work and accepted transfer work that applies toward degree requirements. minor and grade point average requirements. . as part of USC's 50th birthday celebration. rules. For undergraduates. administrative procedures. 1930. major. courageous. to include skill level. All residence halls are located on campus. USC offers a variety of residential options for students on campus. both in the form of residence halls and apartments. On the bronze statue's granite pedestal are inscribed the qualities of the ideal Trojan: "faithful. USC Core: All undergraduates must satisfy the USC Core. STARS reports are updated each Fall and Spring term for all currently enrolled students. and student rights and responsibilities. Arts and Sciences. STARS reports are issued to USC students at varying times.