Courses of Interest

USC Iovine and Young Academy

ACAD 174 Innovators Forum (1 unit)

Description: A lecture series featuring global leaders and innovators from diverse disciplines, businesses, industries, and the arts present problem-based, real-world experiences that challenge the concept of innovation. Graded CR/NC

American Language Institute

ALI 242 High Intermediate Pronunciation (3 units)

Description: Required for international students whose pronunciation skills are assessed at the high intermediate level by the International Student English Examination (ISE) or previous ALI course.

School of Architecture

ARCH 106x Workshop in Architecture (2 units)

Description: Introduction to the ways architecture is created and understood, for minors and non majors. Hands-on discussion and laboratory session with some drawing and model building. Not available for credit to architecture majors.

ARCH 214a World History of Architecture (3 units)

Description: A world-wide perspective of architectural history as a product of social, cultural, religious, and political dimensions, a: 4500 BCE to 1500 CE.

ARCH 220 The Architect’s Sketchbook (2 units)

Description: The architect’s sketchbook as a portable laboratory for perceiving and documenting space introduces the study of the built environment. On-site sessions develop drawing, observation, and visualization skills.

ARCH 306m Shelter (4 units)

Description: Investigation of issues, processes, and roles of individuals, groups and communities in relation to present and future shelter needs and aspirations.

ARCH 404 Topics in Modern Architecture in Southern California (3 units)

Description: Investigation of modern architecture in Southern California within its cultural and historic contexts.

ARCH 406 Global Studies: Topics in Architecture, Urbanism, History and Art (2 units)

Description: Offered for particular geographic areas of study. Required prerequisite for all full semester undergraduate global programs. Also intended for general interest in focused study on particular geographic area. Prerequisite: ARCH 214ab or ARCH 304.

ARCH 419 Architectural Sustainability Tools and Methods (3 units)

Description: Lectures, comparative studies and exercises on international architectural sustainability rating and certification systems.

ARCH 421 Digital Architectural Photography (2 units)

Description: Perceiving and documenting the built environment through the perspective and frame of the digital camera. Mastering the basic principles of the digital image though an understanding of frame, light, exposure, color correction, and printing output.

ARCH 422 Architectural Photography (2 units)

Description: Perceiving and documenting the built environment through the perspective and frame of the camera. Abilities with 35mm and large format cameras, lighting, and black and white lab techniques will be developed. Recommended preparation: knowledge of 35mm camera.

ARCH 440m Literature and the Urban Experience (4 units)

Description: Post-industrial revolution urban environments and dynamic relationships in cities such as Manchester, Paris, St. Petersburg, New York, and Los Angeles, as revealed in novels, architecture, and urban forms.

ARCH 444 Great Houses of Los Angeles (4 units)

Description: An introduction to the architectural philosophies of seven influential California architects through reading and site visits to significant case studies.

ARCH 465 History of Landscape Architecture (4 units)

Description: Provides understanding of design of landscape in the Western world. Includes case studies on general and specific projects. Students develop personal theory of landscape design.

ARCH 514b Global History of Architecture (3 units)

Description: A historical survey of global architecture, analyzed as a product of social, cultural, religious and political forces. a: 4500 BCE to 1500 CE; b: 1500 CE to present. Prerequisite: ARCH 514a

ARCH 547 Urban Nature (3 units)

Description: Interactions of cities and nature: introduction to the ecology of cities; major threats to urban biodiversity interacting with human attitudes; review of restoration and conservation projects. Recommended preparation: ARCH 531.

ARCH 563 Contemporary Architectural Theory (2 units)

Description: Investigates, compares, and critiques modern and contemporary theories of the designed and built environment by focusing on key figures, movements, and texts.

Roski School of Art and Design


FA 140x A Cultural Guide to Los Angeles (2 units)

Description: An experiential and critical survey of the cultural phenomena that make up Los Angeles: dance, music, theater, film; emphasis on visual arts. Graded CR/NC. Not available for major credit to fine arts majors.


FACE 112 Ceramics (4 units)

Description: Practical and theoretical exploration of the nature of surface, form, volume and mass as fundamental elements of clay sculpture and the ceramic object.


FADN 102 Design Fundamentals (4 units)

Description: Introduction to the basic elements and processes of visual communication and design. Instruction includes studio projects, lectures and readings. Various media used.


FAIN 220 Introduction to Video and Time-based Experimentation (4 units)

Description: An introductory course exploring contemporary processes and practices of video experimentation including the camera, desktop production, and editing. Experimentation with multiple modes of execution, presentation, and distribution.


FAPT 105 Painting I (4 units)

Description: Practical introduction to oil and acrylic pigments, painting equipment, processes and media. Primary experience in color, composition, and perception through representational and abstract painting.


PAS 371 Art in the Public Realm: Contemporary Issues (4 units)

Description: Critical frameworks and theoretical perspectives of contemporary public art issues explored through case studies and discussions with artists, architects, and designers engaging the public realm.


FASC 106 Sculpture I (4 units)

Description: Practical and theoretical introduction to sculpture as dimensional manipulation. Primary exploration of form, mass, gravity, surface, structure and associative recognition in three-dimensional art.

FASC 136 Modeling and Mold Making (2 units)

Description: Introduction to plaster mold making using clay and wax for both ceramics and sculpture. Exploration of various casting materials.

FASC 436 Art and Technology (4 units)

Description: An interdisciplinary course between art and engineering that addresses creative thinking in the manipulation of media and the communication of ideas.

School of Cinematic Arts


CTAN 330 Animation Fundamentals (2 units)

Description: An introduction to the fundamentals of animation, covering such topics as timing, anticipation, reaction, overlapping action, and metamorphosis.

CTAN 432 The World of Visual Effects (2 units)

Description: Introduction to the expanding field of visual effects; topics include magic lanterns shows, stop-motion fantasies and animation combination films employing the latest digital technologies.

CTAN 450a Animation Theory and Techniques (2 units)

Description: Methods for creating animation blending traditional techniques with contemporary technologies.

CTAN 452 Introduction to 3-D Computer Animation (2, max 4 units)

Description: Lecture and laboratory in computer animation: geometric modeling, motion specification, lighting, texture mapping, rendering, compositing, production techniques, systems for computer-synthesized animation.

CTAN 462 Visual Effects (2 units)

Description: Survey of contemporary concepts and approaches to production in the current state of film and video effects work. Digital and traditional methodologies will be covered, with a concentration on digital exercises illustrating modern techniques.

CTAN 465L Digital Effects Animation (2 units)

Description: All aspects of digital effects animation, including particles, dynamics, and fluids. Creating water, fire, explosions, and destruction in film. Includes an introduction to the rich procedural capabilities of Houdini, the standard application used in the industry for effects animation. The course will encompass a series of hands-on exercises, so a prior basic working knowledge of Maya or other 3-D application is essential. Prerequisite: CTAN 452 or CTAN 462.

CTAN 470 Documentary Animation Production (2 units)

Description: Examination of the history, techniques, and methods of documentary animation production. Collaboration on a short film project.

CTAN 495 Visual Music (2 units)

Description: Experimental animation providing the opportunity to produce individual or group projects. Focus is non-conventional techniques for image creation and collaboration between composer and visual artist. Not open to freshmen and sophomores.

CTAN 503 Storyboarding for Animation (2 units)

Description: Focus on film grammar, perspective, and layout, staging and acting as it relates to storyboarding for animation.

CTAN 550 Stop Motion Puppet and Set Design (2 units)

Description: Puppet and set design for stop motion animation while providing guidance on armature rigs that allow the character to be animated effectively.


CTCS 190 Introduction to Cinema (4 units)

Description: Gateway to majors and minors in cinema-television. Technique, aesthetics, criticism, and social implications of cinema. Lectures accompanied by screenings of appropriate films.

Rated one of the top six “USC classes you cannot afford to miss”(Saturday Night Magazine, 2004), this course explores the formal properties of cinema, such as literary design, performance, and film design. Films may include Raging Bull, Sunset Blvd., Singin’ in the Rain, All About Eve, and No Country for Old Men.
Professor: Drew Casper

CTCS 191 Introduction to Television and Video (4 units)

Description: Exploration of the economic, technological, aesthetic, and ideological characteristics of the televisual medium; study of historical development of television and video including analysis of key works; introduction to TV/Video theory and criticism.
Are we doomed to a future of wall-to-wall reality television? Will YouTube replace network TV? This course studies television as a unique dramatic form. Screenings will run the gamut from “I Love Lucy” to “Weeds” to “Mad Men.”
Professor: Ellen Seiter

CTCS 192m Race, Class, and Gender in American Film (4 units)

Description: Analyzes issues of race, class and gender in contemporary American culture as represented in the cinema.

One of the most popular classes offered at USC, this course focuses on the relationship between film and American society in order to address issues of race, class, and gender in contemporary Hollywood cinema. This course satisfies the university’s diversity requirement.
Professor: Todd E. Boyd

CTCS 303 Japanese Anime (4 units)

Description: This course analyzes the visual, dramatic and social conventions of Japanese animation in film and television, and its success on U.S. television. The unique activism of anime fan communities and the difference between Japan and the U.S. in terms of production, distribution and targeted audiences will be analyzed.
Professor: Ellen Seiter

CTCS 464 Film and/or Television Genres (4, max 8 units)

Description: Rigorous examination of film genres: history, aesthetics, cultural context, social significance, and critical methodologies.
Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy
Professor: Drew Casper

Teen Films
Professor: Ellen Seiter


CTIN 190 Introduction to Interactive Entertainment (4 units)

Description: Critical vocabulary and historical perspective to analyze and understand experiences with interactive entertainment; students imagine and articulate their own ideas. (Duplicates credit in former CTIN 309.)

CTIN 404L Usability Testing for Games (2 units)

Description: Concepts and methods of usability assessment. The emphasis will be on understanding the issues surrounding game interfaces, and utilizing usability assessment methods.

As games become more sophisticated in their visual design, features, and cultural impact, the study of how we interact with them and understand them becomes an essential aspect of our media literacy. The emphasis will be on understanding game interfaces and translating them into design recommendations.
Professor: Heather Desurvire

CTIN 444 Audio Expression (2 units)

Description: Foundational aesthetic principles and creative technologies for game audio. Processing, mixing, and controlling sound for games for expressive effect. Recommended preparation: CTIN 406L.
Professor: William Huber

CTIN 488 Game Design Workshop (4 units)

Description: Theory and evaluation of interactive game experiences and principles of game design utilizing the leading software approaches and related technologies. Recommended preparation: CTIN 309, CTIN 483.

Students will experience the fundamentals of game design through the study of classic games in both traditional and electronic form, as well as design their own games. Designed to provide the foundation of knowledge for becoming a professional game designer.

CTIN 492L Experimental Game Topics (4 units)

Description: Development of a game around a custom-made physical interface; various technologies and techniques involved in a software/hardware integration; peripheral design.


IML 104 Introduction to Digital Studies (2 units)

Description: An introduction to the expressive range of screen languages in their cultural, historical, and technological contexts.

IML 140 Workshop in Multimedia Authoring (2, max 4 units)

Description: Introduction to the expressive potential of multimedia as a critical and creative tool, supplementing traditional forms of academic work.

IML 222 Information Visualization (4 units)

Description: Visualizing information through diverse media platforms, with a focus on critical analysis and hands-on visualization. (Duplicates credit in former IML 422.)

IML 309 Integrative Design for Mobile Devices (4 units)

Description: Hands-on investigation of opportunities and challenges offered by mobile interaction within both cultural and ideological contexts. Recommended preparation: IML 102 or IML 104 or IML 201.

IML 340 Remixing the Archive (4, max 8 units)

Description: An intermediate level course which approaches archived material from multiple perspectives, in order to develop new avenues of expression, education, and research. Recommended preparation: IML 102 or IML 104 or IML 201.

IML 420m New Media for Social Change (4, max 8 units)

Description: Creating real social change through multimedia, working in collaboration with a local nonprofit organization. Recommended preparation: IML 104, IML 140 or IML 201.


CTPR 327 Motion Picture Camera (3 units)

Description: Use of motion picture camera equipment; principles of black-and-white and color cinematography. Individual projects.

The magic of creating images on film, from using cameras, lenses, and filters to photographic processes and the role of the cinematographer in interpreting story. Hands-on projects put theory into practice.

CTPR 335 Motion Picture Editing (3 units)

Description: Theory, techniques, and practices in picture editing; use of standard editing equipment; individual projects.

Exploration of aesthetics, theory, history and procedures of motion picture editing for many styles of film. Students view award-winning shorts and sections of features to illustrate different editing styles, and edit a series of scenes using the latest Avid Express DV equipment.

CTPR 385 Colloquium: Motion Picture Production Techniques (4 units)

Description: Basic procedures and techniques applicable to production of all types of films; demonstration by production of a short film from conception to completion.

Motion picture production from writing of the script to planning, shooting, and completion of a movie. The class will write, direct, and shoot a digital video.

CTPR 409 Practicum in Television Production (2, 4, max 8 units)

Description: Television production: laboratory course covers operating cameras, creating graphics, technical operations, controlling audio and floor-managing live productions. Students plan and produce actual Trojan Vision programs.

CTPR 426 The Production Experience (2 units)

Description: To provide students with basic working knowledge of both the skills of the motion picture set and production operations through classroom lectures and hands-on experience.

Learn the fundamentals of episodic TV drama and participate in the shooting of an episode written and directed by students. Positions available in producing, camera, sound, production design, or editorial.

CTPR 455 Introduction to Production Design (2 units)

Description: Introductory course in the principles of production design. Course includes: structure of the art department, fundamentals of design, and various other design elements.
Class includes lectures, screenings, guest speakers, and student projects.

CTPR 456 Introduction to Art Direction (2 units)

Description: Introduction to computer drafting, set design, rendering and model-making for students with diverse abilities.
Workshops will include guest lecturers, group discussions and hands-on projects.


CTWR 411 Television Script Analysis (2 units)

Description: In-depth analysis of the craft of writing prime-time episodic television. Examination of situation comedies and dramas through weekly screenings and lectures.

CTWR 412 Introduction to Screenwriting (2 units)

Description: Introduction to the formal elements of writing the short film.

Learn the basic building blocks of any screenplay — visualization, character, dialogue, scene structure, conflict, and sequence. After writing short premises, students will progress to combining scenes into sequences and a short script.

CTWR 417 Script Coverage and Story Analysis (2 units)

Description: Evaluation of completed scripts prior to their production. Coverage and analysis of scripts as potential properties from the perspective of a production company.

CTWR 431 Screenwriters and Their Work (2, max 6 units)

Description: Detailed investigation of a specific screenwriter’s style and the works they’ve influenced. Lectures include screenings and visiting screenwriters.

“I’ll Have What She’s Having:” The Works of Nora Ephron
During her career and lifetime, Nora Ephron wore just about every literary hat possible – journalist, essayist, screenwriter, playwright, producer, director and even blogger. Generations of creative talents list her as a major inspiration from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks to Lena Dunham and Diablo Cody, from Mike Nichols and Rob Reiner to Mindy Kaling, and Nick Stoller, to name just a few. Ephron’s impressive body of work ran the spectrum from the dark and dramatic exposé Silkwood to the flawless romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. In this class, the films of the beloved three-time Acadamy Award nominee and posthumous Tony Award nominee will be analyzed, with an eye toward what makes a quality, commercially successful movie, regardless of genre. We will also look at Ephron’s own influences – her parents were both working screenwriters in the ’40s and ’50s – as well as the influence she had on her contemporaries and the next generation of gifted artists alike.

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism


COMM 201 Rhetoric and the Public Sphere (4 units)

Description: Humanistic approaches to inquiry in communication; qualitative research techniques; core theories of message production and reception in social, political, cultural and mediated contexts.

COMM 202 Communication and Technology (4 units)

Description: Survey of cultural, social, political, and economic impacts of new communication technologies, including written language, the printing press, the telephone, television, and cyberspace.

COMM 203 Communication and Mass Media (4 units)

Description: Survey of mass communication research; history, content, effects, theories and policy implications of various media.

COMM 204 Public Speaking (4 units)

Description: Principles and practices of effective oral communication; analysis of the speaking-listening process; selection and organization of speech materials; use of new presentation technologies.

COMM 206 Communication and Culture (4 units)

Description: Examines cultural institutions, ideologies, artifacts, and productions; role of culture in everyday life; cultural studies as methodology; culture and power.

COMM 310 Media and Society (4 units)

Description:Interplay between media and society, including family and children’s socialization, inter-group relations and community, pornography and violence, gender and race, media ethics, conduct of politics.

COMM 383m Sports, Communication and Culture (4 units)

Description: Rhetorical and critical approaches to sports and public discourse; application to sports organizations, the news and popular media; representations of gender and race in sports.

COMM 395m Gender, Media and Communication (4 units)

Description: Issues of gender in communication, including: media representations of femininity and masculinity; and gender’s role in communication at the interpersonal, public, and cultural levels.


JOUR 201 History of News in Modern America (4 units)

Description: Understanding news today. A survey of how news is gathered, weighed, and disseminated and how historical events have shaped news in the 20th century.

JOUR 210x Basics of News Production for Non-Majors (4 units)

Description: Introduction to television, radio, and/or digital news production. Examination of issues in journalism. Graded CR/NC.

JOUR 330 Photojournalism (4 units)

Description: Emphasis on fundamental skills necessary for photojournalism including camera techniques, story ideas and digital darkroom.

JOUR 340 Introduction to Advertising (4 units)

Description: History and development of advertising; basic advertising campaigns showing relationships of marketing, creative, print and electronic media.

JOUR 343 Advertising Design and Production (4 units)

Description: Production of advertising materials; emphasis on the creation and design of advertising elements. Prerequisite: JOUR 340.

JOUR 373 Journalism Ethics Goes to the Movies (4 units)

Description: Ethical issues facing journalists in the complex world of legacy media, social media and the Internet as dramatized in the movies and in the newsroom.

JOUR 380 Sports, Business and Media in Today’s Society (4 units)

Description: An inside look at the symbiotic relationship of sports and the media — from the interdependence of sports and media, to the coverage of sports in newspapers, magazines, radio and television. The economic and ethical issues involved, the conflicts of interest, the history and current status of sports coverage in American media today.

JOUR 381 Entertainment, Business and Media in Today’s Society (4 units)

Description: An examination of the symbiotic relationship of the entertainment business and the media; press coverage of the entertainment industry; Hollywood’s relationship with news media.

JOUR 420 Advanced Photojournalism (4 units)

Description: Emphasis on advanced photojournalism techniques for complex photo storytelling; focus on style, content, design, expression and ethics. Prerequisite: JOUR 330.

JOUR 452 Public Relations in Entertainment (4 units)

Description: Public relations in the design, promotion, and presentation of popular entertainment, including films, broadcasting, music, expositions, amusement parks, resorts and arenas.

JOUR 454 Sports Public Relations (2 units)

Description: Introduction to the field of sports information and promotion, including lectures, media assignments, role-playing, and presentations by sports professionals. Junior standing.

JOUR 465m Latino News Media in the United States (4 units)

Description: History and growing importance of Latino print and broadcast news media in covering immigration, discrimination, culture, social differences and other aspects of U.S. Latino life.

JOUR 467 Gender and the News Media (4 units)

Description: Gender and news media evolving images of women and men in print and electronic media. Impact of gender in content and style of news, television and cinema. Open to non-majors.

JOUR 473 Emerging Media Strategies for Communication and Public Relations (4 units)

Description: In-depth, hands-on study of emerging tradigital, social and owned media channels; Emphasis on the evaluation of such media as effective tools for audience engagement. Open only to juniors and seniors in the School for Communication and Journalism.

JOUR 477 Web Analytics for News and Nonprofit Organizations (2 units)

Description: Introduction to using Web traffic and other audience behavior data to manage Websites and social media for news and nonprofit organizations.

JOUR 486 Multimedia PR Content: Introduction to Digital Design Tools (2 units)

Description: Hands-on lab; producing multimedia content; basic principles of design; tools and techniques to create digital images and layouts.

JOUR 487 Multimedia PR Content: Introduction to Audio/Video Tools (2 units)

Description: Hands-on lab; audio/video tools for conceiving, shooting, editing, delivering and archiving compelling stories for online audiences; personal brand building; digital storytelling trends and applications.

JOUR 491 Transmedia, New Media and Strategic PR/Communication (4 units)

Description: Study of the new rules of message development and dissemination in strategic communication and marketing: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Branding, Spreadable Media, and Crowdsourcing. Open only to seniors and master students in public relations and strategic public relations.

JOUR 499 Augmented Reality and Journalism (2–4, max 8 units)

Description: In this course you will experiment with storytelling through the use of the latest Augmented Reality technology. Focused around the smart, mobile device, you will develop a new experience that aims to tell an engaging, informative story – an experience. You will report, design, manage and produce an experience only made possible through this emerging technology.

JOUR 499 Sports and Media Technology (2–4, max 8 units)

Description: This class will provide a cutting-edge opportunity for students to examine and analyze the powerful, ever-changing technology sector of the sports business and sports media worlds.

JOUR 536 Digital, Social and Mass Media Public Relations Strategies (3 units)

Description: Analysis of shifting media environment; development and execution of multi-platform campaigns based on organizational goals and audience characteristics.

JOUR 563 Promotional and Product Public Relations (3units)

Description: Planning, managing and evaluating integrated communications campaigns utilizing public relations strategies in concert with advertising and other marketing disciplines; emphasis on research, case studies and campaign development.

JOUR 565 Corporate Public Relations and Reputation (3 units)

Description: Planning, managing and evaluating strategic public relations campaigns that achieve corporate business goals by effectively communicating with key constituencies and managing organizational reputation.

JOUR 568 Crisis Management in Strategic Public Relations (3 units)

Description: Focuses on theories, concepts and practices in risk assessment, issues monitoring, and crisis anticipation/management in a wide variety of organizational contexts, and from multiple perspectives.

Kaufman School of Dance (DANC)

DANC 181a Modern Dance (2 units)

Description: a: Techniques of modern dance; elements of dance composition. Duplicates credit in former THTR 181a.

DANC 182a Advanced Modern Dance (2 units)

Description: a: A continuing study of modern dance skills towards an advanced level of competency. Duplicates credit in former THTR 182a.

DANC 183a Ballet (2 units)

Description: a: Beginning techniques of classical ballet consisting of basic barre and center work; basic body and arm positions, port de bras, allegro and elementary adagio. Duplicates credit in former THTR 183a.

DANC 183a Ballet (2 units)

Description: a: Beginning techniques of classical ballet consisting of basic barre and center work; basic body and arm positions, port de bras, allegro and elementary adagio. Duplicates credit in former THTR 183a.

DANC 184a Jazz Dance (2 units)

Description: Beginning techniques and practice of jazz dance. Duplicates credit in former THTR 184a.

DANC 184b Jazz Dance (2 units)

Description: Continuing study in the techniques of jazz dance. Duplicates credit in former THTR 184b. Prerequisite: DANC 184a.

DANC 185 Hip-Hop Dance (2 units)

Description: Elements of Hip-Hop dance, including technique, movement, musical rhythm, tempo and phrasing required to develop the skills needed to perform this unique dance form. Duplicates credit in former THTR 185.

DANC 188a International Style Ballroom Dance (2 units)

Description: Representative ballroom dances: waltz, slow foxtrot, tango, and quickstep. a: Beginning. Graded CR/NC. Duplicates credit in former THTR 188a.

DANC 188b International Style Ballroom Dance (2 units)

Description: Representative ballroom dances: waltz, slow foxtrot, tango, and quickstep. b: Intermediate. Duplicates credit in former THTR 188b. Prerequisite: DANC 188a.

DANC 212 Dance in Popular Culture (2 units)

Description: Examination of the role of dance in popular culture in a studio setting. Practical studies in styles and their evolution in recreational and professional settings.

DANC 280 Dance as an Art Form (4 units)

Description: Gateway to the minor in Dance. Concepts of art exemplified in dance; origins and evolution of classic and contemporary dance forms; elements of art criticism applied to dance productions. Required attendance at dance concerts and art exhibits. Duplicates credit in former THTR 280.

DANC 385L Choreography and Performance (4 units)

Description: Aesthetic concepts in dance and related arts; integration of concepts in choreography, performance, and production; philosophical bases of dance criticism; critical analysis of performances. Lecture, 3 hours; performance laboratory, 3 hours.

DANC 412 African American Dance (4 units)

Description: Exploration of the discursive foundations, political motivations, and aesthetic strategies of dance writers and artists whose works have enabled the category of “black dance.”

DANC 442a International and Historical Perspectives in Dance (4 units)

Description: Exploration of dance as an art form in its artistic, political, and socio-cultural climate. Studies of the continuum of dance within its historical context. Open only to Dance majors and minors.

DANC 482 Choreography for Television (4 units)

Description: Creative choreography of theatrical dance for television. Emphasis on rhythmic analysis, versatility, composition, notation techniques and stylizing. Duplicates credit in former THTR 482.

DANC 483 Dance Performance (2 units)

Description: Preparation, rehearsal, and performance of experimental choreography in main stage repertory. Duplicates credit in former THTR 483.

School of Dramatic Arts

THTR 124ax Character Acting (2 units)

Description: Concentration of imaginative processes which develop the individual characteristics of a dramatic role. Not available for credit to theatre majors.

THTR 295 Theatre in America (2 units)

Description: Current state of American theatre, through a study of acting, playwriting, criticism, stage design, lighting and dramatic styles.

THTR 365 Playwriting I (4 units)

Description: Essential elements of playwriting through weekly assignments, students’ initiative, occasional productions of scenes, and extensive classroom analysis.

THTR 476m African American Theatre, Dance, and Performance (4 units)

Description: A survey of African American theatre and cultural performance traditions as a reflection of both African American culture and American history.

Earth Sciences

GEOL 105Lg Planet Earth (4 units)

Description: Geologic structure and evolution of planet earth. Principles of plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, processes of mountain building, continent and ocean formation, earthquakes, volcanism, development of landforms by running water and glaciers. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours. One all-day or two-day field trip required.

GEOL 125Lg Earth History: A Planet and Its Evolution (4 units) (4 units)

Description: Basic principles of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics used in evaluating clues written in the rock record, and the processes that have shaped our planet. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours. At least one field trip required.

GEOL 130Lg The Nature of Scientific Inquiry (4 units)

Description: Examination of the scientific process: what constitutes science; evolution of ideas about the nature of space, time, matter, and complexity; paradigm shifts in the biological and earth sciences. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.

GEOL 150Lg Climate Change (4 units)

Description: Climate systems from the beginning of earth history to the present; tools and techniques used to reconstruct prehistoric climate records; effects of climate variations on development of life forms on earth.

Viterbi School of Engineering


ITP 101x Introduction to Information Technology (4 units)

Description: Introduction to computer hardware, operating systems, networks, programming. Survey of application software in business and industry. Computer issues in the work place and society.

ITP 104Lx Web Publishing (2 units)

Description: Web publishing using HTML, CSS and other Web technologies. Concepts and theory of Web site creation, page layout and production. Introduction to advanced topics. Not available for major credit in electrical engineering or computer science.

ITP 109x Introduction to Java Programming (2 units)

Description: Introduction to object-oriented software design for business problems. Creation of console applications, windowed applications, and interactive Web applets. Not available for major credit in electrical engineering or computer science.

ITP 115 Programming in Python (3 units)

Description: Python’s high level data structures and clear syntax make it an ideal first language with powerful applications to science, business, finance, math, and the web.

ITP 125Lx From Hackers to CEOs: Introduction to Information Security (2 units)

Description: Introductory course in computer security. Fundamentals of information security management. Threats to information integrity. Ethical hacking concerns and practice. Policies and Procedures. Not available for major credit in engineering.

ITP 165x Introduction to C++ Programming (2 units)

Description: Fundamentals of C++ syntax and semantics, including function prototypes, overloading, memory management, abstract data types, object creation, pointers to class members, and I/O streams.

ITP 168x Introduction to MATLAB (2 units)

Description: Fundamentals of MATLAB: a high-performance numeric computation and visualization environment. Overview of linear algebra and matrix manipulation; using 2-D and 3-D plotting routines; programming in MATLAB; basic numerical analysis. Recommended preparation: MATH 118x or MATH 125.

ITP 215Lx 3D Modeling, Animation, and Special Effects (2 units)

Description: Developing a 3D animation from modeling to rendering: Basics of surfacing, lighting, animation and modeling techniques. Advanced topics: compositing, particle systems, and character animation. Not available for major credit in engineering. Recommended preparation: Knowledge of any 2D paint, drawing, or CAD program.

ITP 230x Video Game Quality Assurance (4 units)

Description: Survey game software development through quality assurance and in-depth analysis of the development cycle with a focus on bug testing systems and methodologies. Not available for major credit in electrical engineering.

ITP 280 Video Game Production (4 units)

Description: History of video games; overview of game genres; phases of video game development (concept, preproduction, production, post-production); roles of artists, programmers, designers, and producers.

ITP 320x Enterprise Wide Information Systems (3 units)

Description: The role Information Systems play in an organization. Integration of Business Processes by using Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP).

ITP 476 Technologies for Interactive Marketing (4 units)

Description: Designed to introduce students to technologies, concepts and strategies in the emerging online advertising ecosystem. Through lectures, discussions, and projects, students learn strategies and tactics to drive traffic to a website. They learn how to analyze and measure the efficacy of their plans. Lastly, they will work with a real client and with a real budget to craft and execute an online marketing plan.

Keck School of Medicine


HP 400m Culture, Lifestyle, and Health (4 units)

Description: Comparison of national and international differences in health status as influenced by cultural practices and lifestyles within geographic, economic and political environments.

HP 401 Cultural Competence in Medicine (4 units)

Description: Systematic development of specific professional skills for providing effective, culturally sensitive health services to diverse populations. Recommended preparation: ANTH 101.
Professor: Julia Borovay

HP 440 Happiness, Well-Being, and Health (4 units)

Description: Explores human strengths that promote happiness/well-being and whether they influence physical health; mind-body relationships; and strategies for promoting hope, resilience, and quality of life. Recommended preparation: HP 200, PSYC 100.
Professor: Joel Milam


INTD 551 Pathobiology of Disease (4 units)

Description: Relationship between histopathological and clinical manifestations of disease and their underlying molecular mechanisms. Topics include inflammatory, developmental, environmental, degenerative, and neoplastic disease processes. Prerequisite: INTD 550.


PATH 554 Methods in Molecular Pathology (2 units)

Description: Theory and practice methods useful in experimental pathology; experimental design; statistical analysis; literature analysis; laboratory and radiation safety. Duplicates credit in former PATH 552b.

PATH 575 Frontiers of Pathology (2 units)

Description: Weekly research lectures by leading investigators in the field of homeostatic response to injury such as cell death, inflammation, fibrosis and regeneration.

USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy


OT 220 Lifestyle Design: Introduction to Occupational Therapy (2 units)

Description:Discover strategies that enable you to be your ideal self, make the most of your college life, and help create a healthy living environment and lifestyle to fully maximize all of your potential.

OT 250 Introduction to Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (4 units)

Description: What you choose to do or not do, minute by minute, day by day and year by year shapes who you will become and how healthy you will be. Develop expertise in lifestyle design, starting with your own.

OT 251 Across the Lifespan: Occupations, Health and Disability (4 units)

Description: Explore the powerful impact of occupations and learn about how your occupations grow and change with you throughout your lifespan.

OT 310 Creativity Workshop (2 units)

Description: Explore your creative side while you discover all that you have in common with famous writers, cartoonists, artists and performers.

OT 325 The Brain: Mind, Body, and Self (4 units)

Description: Explore the interactions of neuroscience, cognition, and social experiences. Learn how our thought processes and perceptions of others are actually biologically created as a result of the brain engaging with the social world during everyday activities.

OT 333 Sports Ethics (4 units)

Description: Every day in the news we hear about ethical dilemmas involving sports and athletes. Critically examine ethical issues central to the world of sport, such as fair play, cheating, performance-enhancing drugs, gene-doping, and womens sports equality.

OT 350 Disability, Occupations, and the Health Care System (4 units)

Description: Expand your knowledge about managing everyday activities from the perspectives of people living with disabilities. Learn how physical, political, and social environments can create opportunities and obstacles in all of our lives.

OT 355 Occupational Reconstructions and Social Transformations (4 units)

Description: Occupations can help motivate and restore hope after war or natural disaster. Examine issues of human rights and how meaningful activities are important to identity, agency, health and political power in the wake of tragedy.

Price School of Public Policy

PPD 225 Public Policy and Management (4 units)

Description: Institutions, legal context, and processes of public policy and management. Contemporary theories of public policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. Public managerial challenges and reforms.

PPD 227 Urban Planning and Development (4 units)

Description: Gateway to B.S., Public Policy, Management and Planning and minor in Planning and Development. City building and development process; who plans; politics of planning and development; major topics include land use, fiscal policy, transportation, sustainability, and economic development.

PPD 314 Public Policy and Law (4 units)

Description: Institutional foundations and analysis of public policy issues; policy formulation and implementation; application of theories; case analyses.

PPD 416 Food Policy and Planning (2 units)

Description: Key issues related to the practice of food system planning; practice of creating and implementing food policies; understanding of food systems; issues around community food governance.