Student Resources

USC Department of Psychology Resource List


Undergraduate PSYC Courses (PSYC100-499) registration policies and procedures


Departmental Clearance (D-Clearance) 

For other classes, please include your full name, USC ID, major and email and allow 3 business days for processing.

D-clearance for PSYC 100-499 level classes can be requested using this link: 


D-clearance for PSYC 500-above level classes can be requested by emailing:  


Prerequisite Waivers

AP Psychology & AP Statistics will satisfy the PSYC 100 and MATH 114 requirements, respectively. If you received a score of 4 or 5 on AP Psychology and cannot currently register for any PSYC 300+ course that lists PSYC 100 as a prerequisite, please email to have your prerequisite clearance entered in the system. If USC has not processed your official transcript/score report yet, please attach a screenshot or unofficial PDF of your score/grade.

Note: Taking PSYC 100 at USC fulfills General Education (GE) Category D Life Sciences, but AP Psychology or an Intro to Psychology transfer course does not.

All other prerequisite waivers are discouraged in this department. However, there may be some situations that warrant an exception. If you feel you qualify for an exception, email us or download the prerequisite waiver form, complete and obtain the signature of the professor teaching the course you wish to take, and then obtain approval from the director of undergraduate studies. Note, that while a professor might sign the waiver, final approval is under the discretion of the director of undergraduate studies. Waivers are rarely granted.


Prerequisite Waiver Form HERE too.


Dornsife Advising Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)


American Psychological Association (APA)---Preparing and Applying for Graduate School in Psychology


First-Generation resources at USC


USC Student Equity and Inclusion Programs (SEIP)


Psychology Student Resource Handbook

Many opportunities on campus and at other institutions are available to students interested in the field of Psychology. The advisement resource handbook is a partial list of scholarship, internship, research and professional development opportunities. We encourage you to visit this site regularly for new opportunities. Handbook


USC offers a number of scholarships. Current freshman, sophomores, and juniors may apply for the Continuing Student Scholarship. Incoming students are not eligible to apply, but may do so in subsequent years.  There are also many other independent scholarships to apply for. Students need at least a 3.0 GPA at USC to apply for these scholarships, with some requiring even higher standards.

Other Campus Resources

  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Southern California
  • SGM 501
  • 3620 South McClintock Ave.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 2203