At USC, experience the excitement of discovering new ideas—and learning to put those ideas to work. The breadth and depth of undergraduate education at USC provides students with the capacity to think deeply, nimbly, and creatively—skills essential for transforming ambitions into accomplishments.
The Power of Choice
We have more than 30 academic departments in the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and 17 professional schools that collectively offer more than 150 majors. Many of these schools and departments are the most highly rated in their fields.
We also encourage our undergraduates to pursue
one or more of 150 minors offered in a diverse collection of disciplines. Classes typically have fewer than 30 students, giving undergraduates close access to faculty.
Breadth and Depth
Our top-ranked programs provide the breadth and depth required to thrive in a complex world in which the only constant is change. One of USC's unique strengths is the integration of liberal and professional education—our undergraduates are at home in nearly any intellectual environment and exceptionally competitive in gaining admission to top graduate schools. Students hone their skills in a six-course core curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, verbal and written communication, and humankind’s history and diversity.
Opportunities such as the Freshman Seminars and First Year Investigations offer rigor and intellectual challenges to incoming students. The demanding Thematic Option is a freshman honors program that emphasizes close cooperation with faculty members.
Teaching and research go hand-in-hand at USC. Our stellar faculty are actively developing new insights, technologies and creative work that are making their mark on the world. USC faculty are recipients of more than 200 prestigious academic and professional awards. In the classroom, our faculty enable undergraduates to experience the excitement of intellectual discovery.
Professor of management and organization at the USC Marshall School of Business, Rajagopalan holds the Capt. Henry W. Simonson Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship. Her research focuses on CEO succession and compensation systems, strategic change and decision-making processes, and corporate governance in emerging economies. Winner of several Marshall School awards, Rajagopalan is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at USC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching. She is also director of research at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.