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In the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences connections between academic study, professional pathway development and career options are a vital part of each student’s education. To enhance opportunities and preparation for our students, USC Dornsife is offering a series of courses as part of a new Second-Year Inquiry (SYI) program to promote professional pathway and career exploration. The SYI program is designed to engage students’ intellectual interests by exploring the relationship of their academic studies to the co-curricular development of professional pathways and specific career goals.

Each course focuses on academic and professional preparation, career exploration and the promotion of transferable skills for entering graduate/professional schools, or the workplace upon graduation. Students will receive additional support and guidance from faculty, academic advisors and career counselors, as well as mentorship from successful professionals in related careers who work outside of the university.




George Sanchez, History, and American Studies & Ethnicity


Academic advisement staff

Octavio Avila, Director, Student Special Services

Lillian Coye, Assistant Director, Social Sciences

Karina Chicas, Academic Advisor, Economics

Viannda Hawkins & Geinel Johnson, Pre-Law Advisement



USC Dornsife internship and field-work courses

  • AHIS 400x: Undergraduate Apprenticeship
  • AMST 365: Leadership in the Community Internship
  • INDS 302: Field Study
  • IR 491x: Field Study
  • POSC 395: Directed Governmental and Political Leadership Internship
  • SWMS 311: Gender Studies and the Community Internship



 SYI in the News!


For more information contact:

Octavio Avila
Director of Student Special Services
USC Dornsife Office of the Dean
Phone: (213) 740-4334