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University-wide Programs

Freshman Seminars

Freshman Seminars ensure that incoming freshmen find opportunities to work closely with distinguished faculty members, who might inspire them to more ambitious conceptions of their college careers. Students learn the excitement of intellectual inquiry by participating once a week for ten or eleven weeks in a two-hour seminar on a topic of personal interest both to the seminar leader and to the students who have elected to enroll.


General Education

The USC general education program is structured to provide a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge you will need to consider yourself (and to be considered by other people) a generally well-educated person. The program is designed to help students understand the cultural and historical context of present day life, to think analytically about texts, events, scientific evidence, and arguments, and to write clearly and effectively. General education provides the basis for future study, a career, and life-long learning.

Some students satisfy the General Education requirement through Thematic Option.