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Academic Recognition Programs (ARP) - Supports students' efforts to make the most of their academic experiences at USC, and to seek further opportunities for study and research.



Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Creative and Scholarly Work - Provides undergraduates with the unique opportunity to exhibit and share examples of their significant research and creativity with the university community.



BlackstoniansBlackstonians Pre-Law Honor Society - Recognizes academic excellence in undergraduate students and strives to expand their perceptions of the legal profession.  Students have access to a variety of events, speakers, and resources that will enable them to focus on using law and the legal system for the moral improvement of society as a whole.


The Discovery Scholars Program - Honors students who excel in the classroom while demonstrating the ability to create exceptional new scholarship or artistic works in fields ranging from biochemistry to art history, from mechanical engineering to theatre, and from political science to cinematic arts. Students have the opportunity to earn the Discovery Scholar designation in every major concentration offered at the University. All USC undergraduates are encouraged to pursue this honor.


Dornsife Scholarships and Dean's List - Offers an array of scholarships for continuing students, available to students who have at least one major in USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Continuing students in USC Dornsife with a GPA of at least 3.5 are also honored each semester with inclusion on the USC Dornsife Dean's List.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright provides full funding for a year abroad in over 150 countries for graduating seniors and graduate students who are U.S. citizens. Currently enrolled students are required to apply through USC, rather than applying “at large."


Gates Cambridge Scholarship

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is for one year of study as an affili- ated student or graduate student at the University of Cambridge. Scholarship includes the following: tuition, a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single student, and one return economy airfare. Students can use the grant toward a second Bachelor degree as an affiliated student, one-year postgraduate courses, or research leading to the degree of PhD.  Contact: Noosha Malek or Katie Calvert; aifstaff@usc.edu; or (213) 740-9116.


Office of Academic & International Fellowships

USC encourages and supports all students who wish to apply for national and international fellowships. Prestigious scholarships such as the Rhodes, the Fulbright, Luce, Marshall and many others can support your research, allow you to study or intern abroad and give you a competitive edge in applying to graduate programs. Recently, The Chronicle of Higher Education once again recognized USC as one of the top 40 colleges in the U.S. to produce Fulbright Scholars, underscoring our prominence as a global institution.


Pi Sigma Alpha - Established in 1927, USC also has one of the nation's oldest chaptersof Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honors society. Open to junior and senior POSC and/or International Relations majors who have completed at least 3 upper division courses in their majors. A minimum 3.5 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the major is also required.  Click here for the application. For more information please contact academic advisor Paul Kovich. 


PSUA on FacebookPolitical Science Undergraduate Association (PSUA) - A collection of students that work closely with the Department of Political Science as a means of bridging the divide between student and department. Throughout the year, the PSUA organizes events that allow students to interact and socialize with faculty, administrators, and other departmental figures outside of the classroom.


Overseas StudiesPolitical Science Study Abroad Programs - By its very nature, political science is defined by cultural context, and studying abroad will not only give you a deeper understanding of different governmental systems, but also give you a wealth of new perspectives on the American political environment.  Various programs offer political sciences classes, with units that can count toward POSC major requirements. For more information, visit USC's Overseas Studies Program or visit the Political Science Academic Advising Office.


Political Student Assembly - A student-run organization that promotes and encourages awareness and activism regarding contemporary political issues, processes, and structures. We are a non-partisan organization concerned with promoting civic engagement, rather than a particular political view point.



The Renaissance Scholars Program - Recognizes students who excel in two or more unrelated disciplines. Students educated in this way will be especially well prepared to confront the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. All USC undergraduates are encouraged to pursue this honor.



Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) - Provides funding to undergraduates for participation as a research assistant in a faculty member’s project. SOAR allows all students to be mentored one-on-one by USC faculty, and introduces students early in their academic careers to the process of serious scholarly inquiry. SOAR is for research during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year.


Student Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) - An opportunity for USC Dornsife students to pursue undergraduate research, in collaboration with Dornsife faculty, either on or off campus during the summer semester. Students are encouraged to conduct on-site research at USC or under the direction of USC Dornsife faculty at many institutions across the nation and around the globe. Any student in good standing, with at least one USC Dornsife major, may apply for a research stipend of up to $3,000 to support a summer research project of their choosing.


Washington, D.C. Semester Program - In conjunction with USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy and George Washington University, students are able to complete a full semester internship in Washington, D.C. with an emphasis in applied politics.  Students may earn 8 upper-division elective units toward the major and 8 general-elective units. Spring semester only.

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