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Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors



Health and Humanity

The Bachelor of Arts in Health and Humanity is a liberal arts degree intended for students who are interested in fields that inform the health professions and in related questions about health and human experience. In addition to pre-med science classes and an experiential learning component, students can choose modules in Bioethics or in Gender, Health, and Ethnicity.


Health and the Human Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts in Health and the Human Sciences enables students interested in health professions to explore diverse fields such as sociology, physchology, gerontology, gender studies and anthropology.  When combined with the minor in Natural Science, this major includes many courses that prepare students for study in medicine, nursing and other fields, though not all entrance requirements.


International Relations and the Global Economy

The B.A. in International Relations and the Global Economy (IRGE) offers students rigorous interdisciplinary training at the intersection of international relations and economics.  The major prepares students for careers ranging from foreign policy and international development to international finance and political risk and analysis.  It is also ideally suited for students who plan to seek advanced degrees in the social sciences.


Narrative Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Narrative Studies is an interdisciplinary major based in the Humanities, drawing on the resources of USC's schools in the arts.  Courses focus on popular culture, writing in narrative forms, narrative in cross-cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts.


NGOs and Social Change

The Bachelor of Arts in NGOs and Social Change is an interdisciplinary major which focuses on the roots of social conflict, on theories and methods for understanding them, and on the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits that address them. 


Political Economy

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy (PECO) explores the intersection of economics with politics in domestic and international contexts.  It prepares students for engagement with global and regional questions that require analysis of economic and political causes and consequences and provides a useful background for a wide variety of entry positions in the public and private sectors.




American Popular Culture

The interdisciplinary minor in American Popular Culture helps students to assess from a variety of perspectives the icons and ideas they encounter every day, to think critically about the images and assertions of the mass media and commercial culture, and to see the experience of popular culture as it interacts with questions of gender and ethnicity in the American context.


Consumer Behavior

This interdisciplinary minor explores consumer thinking from the perspectives of psychology, marketing, economics, anthropology, sociology, and other departments interested in popular culture. Why do people form the attitudes and impressions they do? How do individual factors, culture, mass media, economics and social trends influence people's decisions?


Critical Approaches to Leadership

This interdisciplinary minor brings a range of critical approaches to bear on issues that should inform the judgments of ethical, capable leaders. The minor begins with theoretical analyses of models of leadership, and case studies of modern leaders. Electives examine ethical and social considerations and professional applications. The emphasis of the minor is on leadership as expertise in community-building, and to that end the minor takes advantage of USC's programs in community service, including the Joint Educational Project, the Jesse Unruh Institute, and other internships available through the Career Planning and Placement Center.


Early Modern Studies

This minor studies the literatures and cultures of Europe and the Americas from the late medieval period to 1800. It draws upon courses from the Departments of French and Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, Philosophy, American Studies and Ethnicities, the Thornton School of Music, and the School of Theatre. The minor focuses on the interplay of literary and historical methodologies while promoting an area study in a wide context. The minor includes a senior seminar based on the resources of the Early Modern Studies Institute (a consortium between USC and the Huntington Library), which enables students to learn about current issues in this cross-disciplinary field and about research techniques employed to deal with those emergent issues.


Forensics and Criminality

The interdisciplinary minor in Forensics and Criminality was designed for students interested in the study of law, in writing about crime and punishment, and in careers in the criminal justice system. “Forensics” refers to the law; criminals violate it. This new interdisciplinary minor explores our system of criminal justice and the personal and socio-economic reasons people break the law.


International Health, Development, and Social Justice

This interdisciplinary minor is intended for students who wish to understand the challenges associated with health care as an ethical issue in the international context.  In doing so, it focuses on the convergence of three large fields of inquiry, raising questions about their intersection.  Social justice is concerned with equity, with questions of fairness as they inform (or should inform) access to resources necessary for the survival and well-being of people around the globe.  


Managing Human Relations

This interdisciplinary minor is intended for students in all Schools with an interest in human relations as a subject of study or professional goal. In addition to coursework in organizational behavior, social psychology, and management, this minor includes attention to questions of ethics and leadership.


Mathematical Finance

This minor is designed to introduce students to the intersection of mathematics and finance, including risk analysis and valuation, financial markets and the financial system. It is principally intended for students majoring in the related disciplines of business administration, economics, and mathematics; although other students with an interest in this area and the necessary units available are of course welcome to participate.


Narrative Structure

This interdisciplinary minor is intended for students with an interest in story-telling who are majoring in programs and disciplines other than Narrative Studies.  The minor, based in the humanities, provides opportunities for undergraduates to study story structure from the perspective of several disciplines.


Photography and Social Change

This minor explores the potential of photography as an instrument of social change that allows individuals to document their circumstances, share their stories, and change their lives.  Through the minor students will not only learn digital photography techniques, but will also understand theories of culture and cultural phenomena and will have the opportunity to share personal narratives through digital media.


Political Organizing in the Digital Age

This minor is intended to help students engage in domestic political organizing and transnational social movements by creating websites, using pod-casting and other new technologies. It should help students secure internships and jobs with political and international organizations, and generally improve their abilities to change the world.


Resistance to Genocide

To resist genocide effectively, we need to understand its history — the factors that have brought it about and those that have enabled people to prevent, resist or recuperate from mass violence. This interdisciplinary minor draws upon USC faculty in 11 academic units researching the causes, results and representations of attempted genocide as well as resistance to genocidal mass violence. Course include attention to different definitions of genocide, its occurrence around the world and its representation in literature and the arts.>