For those undergraduate students earning a degree in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, a minimum of 104 units applicable to the degree must be earned in college academic departments. For students graduating with a minor or a second bachelor's degree, this minimum is reduced to 96 units. Other exceptions will be considered by the dean of undergraduate programs in the college. Students who are completing major degree programs in a professional school, but whose degree is conferred by the college, are exempt from this policy. This policy also applies to transferable courses.
All students in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and in selected programs in other schools at USC, must be able to demonstrate sufficient facility with a foreign language. This can be done by completing the third semester of a language, by a placement examination, or its national equivalent. All students who have not already satisfied the requirement must take a placement examination to determine their level of proficiency. Entering freshmen should satisfy this requirement by their 64th units; transfers by their 96th units, at the latest. More information about the foreign language requirement for particular groups of students is available in the USC Catalogue.
A grade point average of at least C (2.0) on all units attempted at USC is required for undergraduate degrees. The college requires a minimum 2.0 grade point average in upper division major courses. Some departments require grades of C or higher in specified courses. A grade point average of at least B (3.0) on all units attempted at USC is required for master's degrees. A grade point average of at least B (3.0) on all units attempted at USC is required for doctoral degrees.
There is an established limit of 40 upper division units in any major. A student wishing to exceed the limit must obtain the approval of the department with the final endorsement of the dean of undergraduate programs.