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USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

USC College received a $200 million naming gift – the largest in USC history – from longtime supporters and international philanthropists Dana and David Dornsife. USC students take the academic mission of the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences worldwide through programs like Problems Without Passports. Here Jim Haw, a professor of chemistry and environmental studies, leads students in a scientific research dive in Guam.
Photo by Gerry Smith

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is the liberal arts center of the University of Southern California, teaching more than 10,000 undergraduates. It offers instruction in the humanities, the natural sciences and the social sciences, leading to bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. The programs of the college provide both a broad liberal arts education and a thorough grounding in an academic discipline. Breadth is supplied by the general education program and electives. Departmental majors, interdisciplinary majors, and special programs and minors provide depth.

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences combines two “worlds” — the world of the self-contained liberal arts school, with small classes and close working relationships between students and faculty, and the larger world of the research university, where new ventures and new ideas are being explored by internationally known scholars. This combination makes the college a supportive and exciting place to learn.

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers many opportunities for post-baccalaureate study. Graduate programs within the college leading to master’s degrees and doctor of philosophy degrees are administered through the USC Graduate School.


Howard Gillman, Ph.D., Dean, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Roger D. Stewart, Ph.D., Executive Associate Dean for Administration and Finance

Dani Byrd, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Faculty

Stephan Haas, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Research

Steven Lamy, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Academic Programs

George Sanchez, Ph.D., Vice Dean for College Diversity and Strategic Initiatives

Donal Manahan, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Students

Susan Andrews, M.S., Senior Associate Dean for Communication

Richard Vargas, B.S., Senior Associate Dean for Advancement

Jane M. Cody, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Wayne Combs, M.B.A., Associate Dean for Advancement Operations

Richard Fliegel, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Susan H. Kamei, J.D., Associate Dean for Advanced and Professional Programs

Linda Lopez, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Diversity

Kathleen Speer, B.S., Associate Dean for Faculty and Research

Karen Rowan-Badger, B.S., Assistant Dean for Admission

James R. McElwain, A.I.A., College Architect

Departments and Programs

American Studies and Ethnicity
Art History
Biological Sciences
Comparative Literature
Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
Earth Sciences
East Asian Languages and Cultures
East Asian Studies Center
Environmental Studies
French and Italian
Gender Studies
Health and Humanity
Interdisciplinary Major
International Relations
Judaic Studies
Liberal Studies
Middle East Studies
Narrative Studies
Ocean Sciences
Physics and Astronomy
Political Science
Professional Writing
Slavic Languages and Literatures
Spanish and Portuguese

Additional Programs Administered by the College

American Language Institute
Freshman Seminars
General Education
Joint Educational Project
Learner Centered Curricula
Learning Communities
Overseas Studies
Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program
Resident Honors Program
Supplemental Instruction Program
Thematic Option Program
Writing Program

Graduate Studies in Letters, Arts and Sciences

Graduate studies leading to the master’s and Ph.D. degrees are available within most departments of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Candidates for graduate degrees must complete both the departmental requirements listed for each degree and the general requirements set by the Graduate School.