Special Opportunities

Political Science Honors Courses

The department offers honors courses for outstanding undergraduate students in the freshman and sophomore years. The courses emphasize a specialized topic (a different area each year) in Political Science. Students are admitted to the program after careful screening on the basis of their academic record and a personal interview. Classes are limited to about 10 students. Please contact the undergraduate advisors, Paul Kovich or Fanny Cisneros, for more information.

Directed Research

Funds are available for Unruh Undergraduate and Graduate Research Scholars. As part of this program, students work with a faculty member on the faculty member's research or on a topic of their choosing. Students are recommended by a faculty member and present a summary of the research at the end of the semester. For additional information, contact the Unruh Institute at 213-740-3161or by email at unruhins@usc.edu.

Unruh Student Internships and Scholarship Program 

Participating in governmental and political internships pays dividends to students in numerous ways: gaining a competitive edge in the world of politics, obtaining practical experience, building invaluable relationships with potential future employers, and earning college credit.

As most employers well know, offering internships benefits them in many ways too: the inflow of new ideas and attracting potential future employees, to name a few. The Unruh Institute helps students find internships that match their needs and provides guidance to them before their internship. Unruh Institute interns took internships in places such as the Washington Office of the U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, the LA Democratic Convention, the Office of the Governor, various DA's Offices, political consulting firms, media, and non-profit organizations. For more information visit their website at: http://www.usc.edu/unruh/internships/ or call 213.740.8964 or stop by their offices in VKC 263. 

Political Science Undergraduate Association

PSUA is a collection of Political Science students that work with the Political Science department at USC. Members of PSUA enjoy many opportunities to socialize with professors, students, and administrators. They also benefit from various other academic and social events, which are designed to help Political Science students have a fun, successful, and memorable experience at USC. If you are interested in joining, download the PSUA application and return to VKC 214. Visit the PSUA Facebook page.

Undergraduate Minors

As an undergraduate student, you are encouraged to broaden your intellectual horizons beyond the course of study in your major program, by engaging in a second field of study that promotes collaboration between the liberal arts and our professional schools. Many students combine a major and a minor (or two majors) in widely separated fields of study. This kind of program allows for breadth with depth in education, an opportunity that uniquely prepares our graduates to meet the many challenges and diversity of the 21st century. For more information on the minors program, visit www.usc.edu/academics/undergraduate/.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad for a semester or year is one of the best ways to understand a different culture in a meaningful way. It is an experience that can have a profound impact on a student academically, personally, and professionally. Students that study abroad gain a special perspective on the world beyond their own borders, which will benefit them throughout the rest of their lives. USC College encourages students in all majors to consider including studying abroad in their undergraduate experience. Most students who have studied abroad will say that it was one of the best things they did in college. Although most students participate in a study abroad program during junior year, there are numerous programs available. To further explore overseas studies, please visit the following website:http://www.college.usc.edu/overseas/.

Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work

The Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work provides undergraduates with the unique opportunity to exhibit and share examples of their significant research and creativity with the university community. Students may present work in a variety of ways, such as through poster/panel sessions, art exhibits, and electronic media. For complete information please visit the web site: http://www.usc.edu/ugs.

FULBRIGHT Grants for Study and Research Abroad

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to provide recent B.S. /B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists with opportunities for personal development and international experience. Most grantees plan their own projects, which may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination of the above. Fulbright awards approximately 900 grants annually and currently operates in over 140 countries worldwide!
Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship at the time of application. For more information about the Fulbright program, visit the USC Academic Recognition Programs website: www.usc.edu/arp/fellowships.