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Addressing the growing influence of non-governmental organizations and other nonprofits internationally, a new bachelor’s degree will empower students who want to create positive social change.

World-Changing Major

December 10, 2014

So you want to change the world? A new major in nongovernmental organizations and social change might be for you, said Nina Eliasoph, professor of sociology. “It will give you both practical tools, and a broad…

“These patterns call out for explanation,” Arthur Stone says of Gallup World Poll data showing great variety among how people in various countries report their own well-being. Photo courtesy of Arthur Stone.

As Young as You Feel

November 20, 2014

The trajectory of how satisfied you are with life across the life span is driven, in part, by where you’re from. Using the Gallup World Poll, an ongoing survey of more than 160 countries, USC Dornsife’s Arthur…

David Kang, whose research defies conventional beliefs about East Asian defense budgets and possible war in the region, has received a three-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Researching the Pacific Rim

November 13, 2014

With headlines screaming “China, U.S. Moving Closer to Viewing War as Inevitable,” and “China Thinks it Can Defeat America in Battle,” you’d think a war with China was imminent. But USC…

The École Normale Supérieure, a university in Lyon, France, pictured here, will utilize The USC Shoah Foundation’s nearly 52,000 video testimonies, including more than 8,000 that reference France.

France to Access Testimony

November 5, 2014

The USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education has announced that École Normale Supérieure (ENS), a university in Lyon, France, is the 51st institution, and the first in France,…

The USC School of Religion at USC Dornsife will launch a doctoral degree with three tracks combining research with contemporary relevance.

Earn a Ph.D. in Religion

October 10, 2014

In 1879, Judge Robert Maclay Widney managed to secure 308 lots of land and assemble a board of trustees in order to establish a university in Los Angeles. The University of Southern California was founded the following year…

Margee and Douglas Greenberg’s endowment will enable one scholar to spend up to one month in residence at the USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research each year. Photo courtesy of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute.

Light on the Darkest Hours

October 8, 2014

Margee and Douglas Greenberg have provided a gift to fund an endowed fellowship program at USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research. The center is the newly announced research and scholarship unit of…

Social psychologist Norbert Schwarz conducts research focusing on human judgment and decision making. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Schwarz Wins Lifetime Award

September 30, 2014

USC Dornsife’s Norbert Schwarz has been honored with the 2014 Donald T. Campbell Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). The Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing received the award…

Welcome New Faculty

September 16, 2014

USC Dornsife welcomes 30 new faculty members for the 2014–15 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, this year’s group of scholars are some of the best and brightest in the nation, bringing…

Senior Molly Fender has combined her love of gaming and her interest in children's brain development as a researcher in the USC Minds in Development Lab. Photo courtesy of Molly Fender.

Game On

September 4, 2014

Sitting at a desk, Molly Fender boomed her signature infectious laugh. Broadcasting via the online gaming platform Twitch, viewers watched as the senior cognitive science major at USC Dornsife prepared to play a bout in the…

In her new book, USC Dornsife’s Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo of sociology examines the symbiotic relationship between immigrants and California gardens. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Paradise Transplanted

July 31, 2014

Tomatoes, radishes, chilies and corn flourish alongside avocado, mango and papaya trees in an inner-city Los Angeles community garden. This is where some of the city’s most marginalized newcomers — poor,…