Graduate Handbook | FAQs
Below you will find a quick guide to life as a USC graduate student. You may also wish to check out the University’s SCampus Student Guidebook
Computing – Information Technology Services (ITS) manages everything from wireless Internet access to your e-mail accounts.
Fees – These are listed every term in the Schedule of Classes. Select a semester and then look for the information in the left-hand column under “Tuition and Fees (Estimated).” For more information, see the Finances portion of the handbook.
Financial Aid – All student financial aid is processed through the Office of Financial Aid. This is your stop of first choice for queries about matters like loans and need-based financial aid. Note, however, that most non-need-based aid (Fellowships, Graduate Assistantships, and many Grants) is serviced through the College’s Business Office prior to being routed through the Financial Aid Office. Contact Joe Styles for specific information on awards from the Department, the College, or the Provost. For more information, see the Finances section of the student handbook.
Food –Trojan Hospitality maintains a website regarding on-campus dining. There is also a web-map of campus dining locations. For off-campus options, head across Jefferson to the University Village (UV) or ask fellow students about other area options.
Health – The Student Health Center maintains a website with information about services, hours of operation, student health insurance, etc.
ID Cards – Pick up your ID card (USCard) as soon as possible after enrolling in classes. Your USCard is also your library card. For more information on the multiple uses of the card and where to acquire yours, see the USCard Services website.
Libraries – Doheny Library is the main facility used by history department graduate students. Most books are located in the extensive stacks, accessible behind the main information desk. (Don’t be shy about walking right in.) You are also likely to find sources in Leavey Library (more generally geared toward undergraduate use). Each is located in the immediate vicinity of the history department offices. The standard catalogue for USC library searches is HOMER. For more information on the USC library system, see their website.
Map – For an interactive web-map of campus, click here.
Parking – The Trojan Transportation office maintains a website with information on parking, school-run transportation, public transportation, and special events parking. The Shrine Auditorium is also a popular alternative parking location.
Recreation – The Lyon Center offers a venue for physical recreation on campus.
Registration – General information about enrollment procedures is available in each semester’s Schedule of Classes. Select a semester and then look for the information in the left-hand column under “Roadmap to Registration” and “General Registration Information.”