Sep 23, 2020  
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 
    
USC Catalogue 2020-2021

Addiction Science Minor


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Scientific study of the nature, causes, consequences, prevention, intervention and treatment of the broad spectrum of addiction and addiction-related problems. 

Additional information: 

This will be the first undergraduate minor launched by the transdisciplinary USC Institute for Addiction Science. The minor is 20 units in total (12 units are assigned, and 8 units are required as electives). The USC Institute for Addiction Science supports collaborative research and education that advances science, awareness, prevention, treatment, and policy to rapidly and significantly reduce the societal burden of addictive behaviors. Our mission is motivated by the unfortunate truth that addiction is a wicked problem and leads to an array of recalcitrant epidemics that plague society. Given the interplay of societal, political, psychosocial, and biological influences on addiction, transdisciplinary approaches are needed to reduce the addiction epidemic. Faculty with addiction expertise are members in dozens of academic units across USC. The Institute for Addiction Science integrates and mobilizes USC's intellectual resources while leveraging the diverse and populous backdrop of Los Angeles to yield evidence with local, state, national and global implications. The majority of courses to be utilized for this major have been approved and are in use within their respective schools (these are denoted by their associated course number in the description below). 

Research Track


Students enrolled in the minor in Addiction Science may elect to complete this minor via the research track. Students interested in the research track will need to complete an online questionnaire housed on a website, which will require them to declare their general research topic and interests at minimum one semester prior to enrolling in Directed Research. This will allow the appropriate faculty member to be assigned as the research supervisor to ensure consistency across the student's research topic.

Additional Required Courses (4 units)

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