American Studies and Ethnicity is among the most innovative departments in the nation. The department’s widely published interdisciplinary faculty specialize in the theoretical study of race and ethnicity; the analysis of cultural production in the Americas; and transnational, cross-racial, and comparative research.
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Programs and Master’s Programs
The Integrative and Evolutionary Biology (IEB) Ph.D. Program is a multi-domain training program for research on organismic functions across the history of life. Research by IEB faculty and graduate students targets emerging areas at the interface of genomics, evolution, and physiology.
The Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience at USC offers students a broad-based curriculum and state-of-the-art training in modern neuroscience techniques. More than 70 faculty from 18 departments conduct externally-funded research ranging from molecules to cognition.
The Master's in Public Diplomacy, is offered in partnership with the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences’ School of International Relations and the Annenberg School for Communication. It emphasizes the role of non-state actors, global public opinion, international news and international communication in the public diplomacy process. We are developing the next generation of leadership for international public service, business and nongovernmental organizations.
EASC offers an interdisciplinary Masters Degree in East Asian Area Studies. Candidates for the M.A. degree are able to design a program of study based on individual scholarly and professional goals. Students choose from courses offered by departments and professional schools across the university, concentrating on one country (China, Japan, or Korea) or developing region-wide expertise. Students work closely with faculty advisors to design their program of study and to complete the required Master’s thesis. There are over fifty faculty members affiliated with the East Asian Studies Center whose teaching and research interests focus on the countries of East Asia.
The Marshall School of Business, in conjunction with the East Asian Studies Center, offers a joint M.A./M.B.A. degree that combines graduate business education with training in the cultures and societies of East Asia. Students enrolled in the joint degree program are required to complete a minimum of 72 units. All students must complete 48 units in the Marshall School of Business.
The USC Gould School of Law and the Department of Economics jointly offer a three-year program leading to the J.D. and M.A. degrees. Applicants must apply to both the Law School and the Graduate School and meet requirements for admission to both. Work toward the M.A. degree normally begins during the student’s second year of residence.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the Department of Economics jointly offer a two-year program leading to the M.Pl. and M.A. degrees. Applicants must apply to the School of Policy, Planning, and Development and USC College and meet the admission requirements of both.
The M.A./J.D. is awarded after the completion of course work in both the School of International Relations and USC Law School. The first year is ordinarily devoted to completing core law courses. Admission to the M.A./J.D. program is contingent upon admission to both the Law School and the School of International Relations; however, applications to the joint degree program may be made to the School of International Relations during the first fall semester of USC Law studies.
This dual degree program allows students to work in both fields of study simultaneously and attain the dual degree within three years (students may extend the dual degree to four years). Admission to the M.A./M.Pl. is contingent upon admission to both the School of International Relations and the School of Policy Planning and Development. The dual degree program provides the optimal combination of theory and practice coursework needed for qualify degree holders for a wide range of private, public and non profit sector careers with government agencies, consulting firms, corporations, utilities, international technical assistance programs, and special interest organizations.
This dual degree program allows students to work in both fields of study simultaneously and attain the dual degree within three years. Admission to the M.A./M.P.A. is contingent upon admission to both the School of International Relations and the School of Policy Planning and Development. The dual degree program provides the optimal combination of theory and practice coursework needed for qualify degree recipients for a wide range of sector careers in international policy and management.
The objective of this Master of Science program is to produce graduates with a rigorous foundation in the economic theory and mathematical modeling of financial markets. The program creates an integrated curriculum spanning four disciplines: economics, mathematics, econometrics/statistics, and computational/numerical analysis. The program is designed for recent graduates in the fields of applied mathematics, physics, and engineering — or for graduates in economics, business, and finance with strong mathematical backgrounds — who wish to pursue high-tech finance careers in financial institutions, industry, or government.
The School of Philosophy offers a dual-degree of J.D./Master of Arts in Philosophy.