Office of Admission & Student Success
Fall 2023 Upcoming Deadline
November 1 (Early Action)

Major

40-80 Units

Core

32-48 Units

Electives

Up To 56 Units

Your Dornsife Degree



USC Dornsife is the heart of USC, offering more than 90 academic majors and more than 90 minors spanning the academic spectrum. We expect that you have a variety of interests, and we give you the flexibility to study and sample the things you are passionate about. Read on to view our major and minor options and learn more about how you can craft a personalized curriculum that feeds your interests and goals.

Your Major


40-80 Units
Your major is your primary area of academic focus, and at USC Dornsife, our courses of study within our majors stretch as far as your imagination. Through your major, you’ll be able to explore and grow, forming a community with faculty and peers who will push you to think both critically and creatively. You’ll emerge being able to engage more deeply with the world around you, questioning thoughtfully and seeking answers that will help you reach your full potential.
Explore the major map

The USC Core


32-48 Units
The USC core is the hallmark of a USC education and the common bond between you and all other USC undergraduates. Each semester, you will find numerous fascinating courses to choose from within each general education category. This is the strength of the USC core: offering both structure and flexibility throughout your undergraduate years. As part of the core curriculum, all USC first-years take Writing 150, a small group experience that develops your voice as a writer. As a junior, we prepare you with specific writing skills for your intended profession. Our program bridges the academic and the practical, enabling you to master styles of writing for the classroom and beyond.
Foreign Language
At USC Dornsife, all students complete the third semester level of a foreign language or pass the equivalent placement test.
AP and IB Credit
Some of your Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and A-Level exams may be applied toward satisfying general education credit based on both the subject matter of the exam and the exam score. This is something that you will discuss during orientation with your academic advisor.

Electives/minor/Double Major


Up to 56 Units
You need a total of 128 units to graduate with a degree from USC Dornsife. After completing major and core requirements, our students have a number of elective units remaining. Elective units can be used to declare a second major, a minor, or even two minors. Many of our students also use elective units to experiment and explore, taking classes in areas like photography, dance, or yoga. We encourage you to customize your college career, selecting elective courses that will help you grow and achieve your personal goals. Our breadth of elective courses makes it possible, offering you access to options that are nearly unlimited.

Academic Advisement


USC Dornsife does more than just give you the world— we help you navigate it as well. At the beginning of your academic journey, our dedicated academic advisors give you a road map, and they are by your side every step of the way. Think of advisors as your personal tour guides, providing guidance on course selection and helping connect you with opportunities for research, internships, and study abroad.

At USC, you’ll have an academic advisor specific to any major or minor you declare. In addition, you’ll have access to pre-health, pre-law, and pre-graduate school advisors, as well as our Dornsife Career Pathways advisors, all of whom work together to help prepare you for life after USC.

USC Dornsife Majors

How do you figure out what academic major is best for you, your interests, and your goals? Use our chart below to explore the options we offer within various subject areas. Click on the name of individual majors to learn more about specific programs.



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minors

American Popular Culture
American Studies and Ethnicity
Arabic
Archaeology
Archaeology of California
Art History
Astronomy
Behavioral Economics
Biology and Business
Biology of Human Movement
Chemistry
Chinese for the Professions
Classical Greek
Classical Perspectives
Classics
Climate Change, Stewardship and Resiliency
Comparative Literature
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Contemplative Studies
Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Studies
Cultures and Politics of the Pacific Rim
Early Modern Studies
East Asian Area Studies
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Economics
English
Environmental Chemistry and Sustainability
Environmental Studies
Folklore and Popular Culture
Food and Society
Forensics and Criminality
French
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Gender and Social Justice
Gender Studies
Geobiology
Geohazards
German
GIS and Sustainability Science
History
History and Culture of Business
Human Disease
Human Rights
Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence
International Health, Development & Social Justice
International Relations
Iranian Studies
Italian
Jewish American Studies
Jewish Studies
Judaic Studies
Korean Studies
Latin
Latin American Studies
Law and Society
LGBTQ Studies
Linguistics
Luzo-Brazilian Studies
Managing Human Relations
Marine Biology
Mathematical Data Analytics
Mathematical Finance
Mathematics
Medical Anthropology
Middle East Studies
Modern Art Markets and Ethics
Narrative Structure
Native American Studies
Natural Science
Neuroscience
Philosophy
Philosophy of Law, Politics and Economics
Photography and Social Change
Physics
Political Organizing in the Digital Age
Political Science
Practical Politics
Psychology
Psychology and Law
Race, Ethnicity and Politics
Religion
Resistance to Genocide
Russian
Russian Area Studies
Sociology
Southeast Asia and its People
Spanish
Spatial Studies
Statistics
Thematic Approaches to Humanities and Society
User Experience
Visual Culture