Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs
USC is a major university providing diverse academic programs. As such it has evolved into a complex organization. The basic underlying principle in its organization is simple: groups of faculty with similar areas of knowledge and interest are grouped together to form departments or schools. These units work together in determining the courses to be offered, requirements for degrees, and the content and rationale underlying their curricula.
In practice, the organization becomes more complex. Certain areas of study are based on broad areas of knowledge which need to draw faculty from several departments. The following list of undergraduate and graduate degrees provides a guide to the organization of USC. The index includes all degrees offered, and the school which administers the degree.
The basic undergraduate degrees are the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science. Students may obtain these degrees in a variety of majors. More specialized degrees, such as a Bachelor of Music, require more undergraduate study devoted to professional training.
The basic graduate degrees are the Master of Arts, Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy. The Master of Arts degree is normally given for study in the humanities and social sciences. These degrees fall under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School.
The Master of Science degree is normally given for study confined exclusively to the natural sciences. Many of the Master of Science degree programs and several specialized master's degree programs are under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School.
Other master's degrees are granted by USC for proficiency in professional fields. These professional master's degrees are not under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School.
Each school may provide programs for several types of degree objectives in similar areas of study. For example, the Thornton School of Music provides curricula for the Master of Arts with a major in early music performance and also offers Master of Music degree programs. These many shades of distinction between the types of degrees offered are to provide flexibility to students. Students must select degree objectives based on consideration of what will best prepare them for the career or further study they wish to pursue.
While many schools provide curricula leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree, all Doctor of Philosophy degrees are under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School. All Ph.D. candidates must meet the standards of scholarship and other regulations established by the Graduate School. Other doctorates, which prepare students for leadership and expert service in certain fields of science, art and public welfare, are under the jurisdiction of the several schools. Professional doctorates, which are not given under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School, include: Doctor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Public Administration, Juris Doctor and Doctor of Physical Therapy.
University CertificatesIn addition to the degree programs listed in the index, the university also offers a number of graduate certificate programs. Graduate credit certificate programs must be approved by the Graduate and Professional Studies Committee and meet the following requirements: (1) a minimum of 12 units is required; the maximum number of units may vary; (2) for certificate programs of 16 units or less, all course work must be at the 500 level or above. For programs of more than 16 units, no more than one-third of the total units for the program may be at the 400 level; (3) for completion, a minimum cumulative USC grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved on all course work applied to the certificate; (4) for certificate programs of 16 units or less, all course work must be earned at USC; for programs of more than 16 units, not more than 25% of the course work may be transfer credit.
Area of EmphasisAn Area of Emphasis is a specific focus within a major. Areas of Emphasis are listed within parentheses following the appropriate majors and do not appear on diplomas but are indicated on transcripts.
Combined ProgramA combined program is an organized set of requirements from two academic units in a single undergraduate degree program that combines two majors. Examples are: Linguistics/Psychology, Physics/Computer Science and Biomedical/Electrical Engineering. "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.
Other Double MajorsDouble 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.
Accelerated Dual DegreeAn accelerated dual degree joins a bachelor's degree program and a master's degree program under a single, new program and POST code. (Applicants to accelerated dual degree programs must initially meet department admission requirements but will not be held to Graduate School admission requirements, e.g., GRE. However, all academic requirements of the Graduate School must be met.) Upon completion of the accelerated dual degree program, two degrees (and two diplomas) are awarded. Both degrees in an accelerated dual degree program must be awarded with the same conferral date. At the completion of 96 earned units (or greater) or the completion of earned units and a pending registration that gives the student 96 units, the student's class level will change from undergraduate to graduate.
Second Bachelor's DegreeA second bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 32 additional units. For some degrees more than the 32 additional units may be needed because all req<\#000>uirements for both degrees must be met. Also, the residence requirement for a second bachelor's degree applies, which requires 32 units applicable to the degree beyond the number of units required for the first USC bachelor's degree to be completed in residence or for a student with the first bachelor's degree from another institution, the second bachelor's degree requires 64 units (see the policy on residence requirement for a second bachelor's degree). The student receives a separate diploma for each degree upon completion.
Minor ProgramsIn addition to the degree programs listed, many academic units offer minor programs. A list of minors appears after the list of undergraduate degrees. The requirements for each minor are listed in the appropriate school section. Minors do not appear on diplomas but are recorded on transcripts. The student receives a separate minor certificate for each minor program completed. See more detailed information about minor programs.
The Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs ListAll degrees are listed alphabetically by the school which provides the program for the degree objective. All degrees are listed alphabetically in the index at the end of this catalogue. Areas of emphasis do not appear on diplomas but are indicated on transcripts.