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Academic Advising


Interested in double majoring in Archaeology and Geology? Want to study both Sociology and Art History-- and go to medical school? Hoping to combine a major in Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology and Law in order to work as a patent lawyer for a scientific agency?
At USC Dornsife, our students are able to engage in a multitude of areas of study, create fascinating interdisciplinary academic combinations, and graduate in four years. From your first day on campus as a new student at Orientation until the day you receive your diploma, your academic advisors in USC Dornsife are here to help you maximize every opportunity and realize your full potential.
Our academic advisors are full-time professional staff members who meet with you prior to registering for classes each semester. Academic advisors are assigned to you based on your major, so if you decide to take on a double-major or major/minor combination, you will have multiple advisors who will make sure you are staying on track to graduate. Advisors also often provide assistance in learning more about research and/or internship opportunities associated with your major(s) or minor(s).
If you are an undecided (or "Open") major, you will see a member of our advising staff whose sole job is to work with you until you find your perfect path.
And if you have particular postgraduate interests, you can visit one of our pre-health, pre-law, or pre-graduate school advisors regardless of your major to ensure you're meeting the requirements for admission to those professional or graduate school programs.

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First-Year Investigations (FYI)

In an environment as exciting and dynamic as USC Dornsife's (offering 140 majors and minors), your options for academic involvement are nearly limitless. That's why we launched First-Year Investigations (FYI), a program designed to help you find your place at USC.
Through a series of innovative courses, incoming freshman and transfer students discover the full range of research and civic engagement opportunities here. These two-unit, credit/no-credit courses are taught by the USC Dornsife Faculty Fellows - some of our most celebrated scholars - who are focused on exposing students to all the possibilities their undergraduate years can hold. You can select from about thirty FYI courses, giving you the time and space to explore the breadth of your diverse interests.
Whether you delve into offerings like "Global Human Health on a Changing Planet," "The Origin of a 20-Something," or "Film and Social Justice in Contemporary Los Angeles," you will expand your horizons, learn how to access critical research resources, and develop close, lasting relationships with both your peers and some of our most eminent faculty members.


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