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USC 2015-2016 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education


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All students who begin college in fall 2015 or later at USC (or who begin elsewhere in fall 2015 and then transfer to USC) must satisfy the 2015 General Education Program, which includes six Core Literacy and two Global Perspectives requirements. Together these provide training in the liberal arts — the critical skills necessary for a free person to function effectively, thoughtfully and productively in a complex world. This General Education program has been designed to nurture habits of thought essential for professional success and personal development, and to establish a background for lifelong learning. No transfer work may be used to satisfy any Core Literacy requirements if those courses are taken after a student has enrolled at USC, but transfer work may be used to satisfy Global Perspectives requirements.

Core Literacies

GE-A: The Arts (one course)
GE-B: Humanistic Inquiry (two courses)
GE-C: Social Analysis (two courses)
GE-D: Life Sciences (one course)
GE-E: Physical Sciences (one course)
GE-F: Quantitative Reasoning (one course)

Global Perspectives

GE-G: Citizenship in a Global Era (one course)
GE-H: Traditions and Historical Foundations (one course)

In addition, all entering freshmen are expected to complete a General Education Seminar during their first year at USC. These seminars satisfy one of the Core Literacy requirements above.

For more information about the general education requirements, see here.

Writing Requirement


In their writing classes, students learn to think critically, to build sound arguments and to express their ideas with clarity. The writing requirement comprises two courses; most students meet this requirement with:

Upper-division requirement:


Note:


Certain groups of students may meet this requirement with other course work. For more information on the writing requirement, see here.

General Education Course Lists


Core Literacies


Courses for Specific Students

The following courses are approved to meet this requirement for a specific group of students:

GE-B: Humanistic Inquiry


GE-C: Social Analysis


Courses for Specific Students

The following courses are approved to meet this requirement for a specific group of students:

Courses for Specific Students

The following courses are approved to meet this requirement for a specific group of students:

Global Perspectives


GE-H: Traditions and Historical Foundations


Courses for Specific Students

The following courses are approved to meet this requirement for a specific group of students: