Creating New Knowledge

Across campus, USC faculty and students are developing new ways of learning, thinking, doing, collaborating — all with a forward-looking mindset. Progress begins with a commitment to break new ground, letting go of ideas that constrain our imagination.

Sustainability Across the Curriculum

The concept of sustainability cuts across all disciplines. Faculty from all over campus are developing new courses and modifying their existing syllabi to incorporate sustainability principles, research and applications. Learn more about USC’s Sustainability Across the Curriculum Initiative.

USC’s mission is to cultivate engaged human beings who are empowered to have a positive impact on society.

Jill Sohm, Professor of Environmental Studies, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; Member of the USC President’s Working Group on Sustainability

Knowledge Leaders

    Marine & Oceanic Studies

    USC Sea Grant funds marine and coastal research, communicates research results to leaders in government and local communities, and is a leader in integrating current research with new education initiatives to increase science literacy among urban students and to encourage teachers to adopt science education curricula.

    Journalism & Justice

    Founded in 2022, the Charlotta Bass Journalism & Justice Lab at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is USC’s first media studies center that is dedicated to saving, studying and sharing the work of prominent and hidden figures who have been central to Black social justice movements in America.

    Advanced Genocide Research

    The USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research (previously USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research) mission is dedicated to advancing innovative interdisciplinary research on genocide and mass violence, promoting use of the Visual History Archive testimonies in academic research and teaching, and transforming the way we understand the origins, dynamics and consequences of mass violence, as well as the conditions and dimensions of resistance.

    Environmental Studies

    Founded in 1995 and based on USC’s Los Angeles campus and Catalina Island, the USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability educates students, conducts public-facing and policy-facing outreach, and produces solutions-focused research at the intersection of people and the planet.

    Equity & Immigration

    Through its work, the USC Equity Research Institute promotes forward-looking narratives that support the integration of diverse immigrant and U.S.-born communities, lift up the intersection of racial justice and immigrant rights, and strengthen the base for intersectoral collaborations.

    Arts and Social Change

    The USC Institute for Theatre & Social Change provides a research and development forum for expressive and interactive dramatic art practices, relative to education, therapy, and social justice, that disrupts oppression and engages communities in meaningful dialogue for social change.