Your Dornsife Degree
Your Ticket to the Best Careers
Unlike highly specialized degrees that prepare you for the current state of a profession and perhaps what’s coming in the very near future, your USC Dornsife degree is one that sets you up for life.
Why is a Dornsife degree the most powerful degree you can pursue? Because the pressing issues facing society — along with the dynamic job market of tomorrow — call for those who are proficient at connecting ideas and thinking on their feet. In fact, in a world where many jobs of the future have not even been imagined, those who are trained broadly will adapt to shape and define new fields.
And if that’s not enough, your USC Dornsife degree is a lifelong membership into the Trojan family — an unrivaled alumni network found all around the world who are looking for other Trojans to support, employ, and take on leadership roles.
An Education You Design
Core Skills with Unique Spin
At USC Dornsife, you’ll get a classic liberal arts education — rich in core skills like analytical reasoning, communicating, and connecting ideas — together with a personalized spin that can only come from your unique blend of interests.
Majors & Minors
With nearly 200 majors and minors offered, the possibilities to design your own education are only limited by your imagination. Each major and minor has specific academic requirements — but also plenty of room for flexibility!
Whether you know exactly what you want to study or are still exploring options, general education (GE) is your chance to explore the incredible breadth of knowledge available at USC.
GE requirements involve eight key areas: Arts, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Quantitative Reasoning, Humanistic Inquiry, Social Analysis, Equity in a Diverse World and Traditions, and Historical Foundations. By taking courses in all of them, you’ll develop an academic foundation that will prove incredibly useful in drawing connections and generating new ideas. Many non-GE classes can count towards these competencies.
A Dornsife degree means you have spent plenty of time getting your hands dirty. Whether you’ve dug through Roman ruins, engaged in political discussions with Capitol Hill staffers, or deciphered the genome of a new deep sea microbe, your education has been as real as it gets.
If you’re interested in attending law or medical school, Dornsife offers special programs that will help you craft your education so you’re most prepared to take the next step. If you’re looking for a smaller educational community with a rigorous academic focus, the Thematic Option or Freshman Science Honors program might be right for you.
Your First-Year Experience
You don’t have to everything figured out when you first get here — in fact, at USC Dornsife, you’re encouraged to sample and explore broadly.
Through the First-Year Experience (FYE) program, you’ll have the support you need to be the independent, self-assured college student.
Dedicated FYE advisors will answer any questions you have and help you make decisions about classes. Special seminars will give you opportunities to explore an interest while getting accustomed to college-level academics. Workshops and special events will give you opportunities to make new friends, meet potential mentors, and find your footing.
From the moment you step on campus to years after you graduate, academic advisors are here to help you get the absolute most of your USC Dornsife degree program.
Starting with First Year Advising Program, you’ll be guided in the process of picking the classes and learning experiences that line up with your goals. After that, specialized advisors connect you with resources, keep you on track, and help you navigate any obstacles that come up along the way. Advisors also help you connect with extensive Trojan Family alumni network to help you launch your professional life.
I combined Neuroscience and Psychology because I get to study the brain from multiple perspectives. My goal is to become a doctor, so combining these two majors with the pre-health track has been really helpful for me in terms of preparing for the MCAT and learning more about the field.
The Dornsife Toolkit
From personal finances to work/life balance to entrepreneurship, some of the most valuable life skills aren’t built into a traditional college education. That’s why we created The Dornsife Toolkit — a signature collection of courses that build practical skills that will help you flourish throughout your life.
USC General Education
All of our graduates are empowered to become engaged and engaging citizens of the world. Your training at USC includes general education requirements that help you think critically about complex issues from and through a variety of approaches and perspectives.
Funding Your Degree
No matter what circumstances you come from, a USC Dornsife degree can be within reach.
USC Dornsife meets 100% of the USC-determined financial need for eligible undergraduates. And our advisors will help you identify scholarships, grants, and additional resources to make sure that you can take full advantage of your USC Dornsife education.