Spring 2015 CLAS Courses

Interested in taking a course through the Department of Classics and/or fulfilling a GE I requirement? Go ahead and look below!



Study Abroad Fall 2015 Applications Now Available

Greetings from Overseas Studies!


As we near the end of the semester we are excited to announce that applications for study abroad during Fall 2015/full Academic Year 15-16 are now available.  You can stop by our office or email overseas@usc.edu and indicate the program to which you’re applying (be sure to check minimum eligibility requirements listed in the program brochures our website).  Get an early start on applications over winter break!

Application deadlines are listed below:

  • February 18th: All Dornsife Semester Programs
  • February 25th: USC Paris & USC Madrid

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Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!
The Overseas Studies Team

POSC Spring 2015 Classes

Still need a class for Spring 2015?
Look no further — 
POSC has got you covered!

American Government
POSC 328: Asian American Politics – Mon, Wed & Fri; 9-9:50am
POSC 420: Practicum in the American Political Process – Tues; 2-4:50pm
POSC 422: Political Attitudes and Behavior – Mon, Wed & Fri; 11-11:50am
POSC 437: Mass Media and Politics in Critical Issues – Mon; 2-4:50pm
POSC 439: Environmental Participation – Mon; 2-4:50pm

Comparative Politics
POSC 356: Politics in the People’s Republic of China – Mon; 7-9:50pm
POSC 360: Comparative Political Institutions – Mon, Wed & Fri; 10-10:50am
POSC 456: Social Policy in the European Union – Mon & Wed; 2-3:20pm

Law and Public Policy
POSC 452: Labor Regulation and Negotiation in Europe – Fri; 1-3:50pm

Problems without Passports Info Session: Medellín, Colombia 2015

INFORMATION SESSION:  Tuesday, 9 December 2015, 1pm, THH 309J

This Problems without Passports program takes intrepid students to Medellín, Colombia to experience the transformation that the city has undergone as the years of strife and conflict were resolved.  Students will study in the living urban laboratory that was named Innovative City of the Year in 2013.  The Wall Street Journal, Citi, and the Urban Land Institute chose Medellín, ahead of New York and Tel Aviv, based on its economy, urban development, culture, and livability as the most innovative city in the world.  The city, previously known for crime and drug trade, shines as a safe and innovative place to live, study, and do business.  It is a vibrant metropolis that is connected by a system of metros, aerial cable cars (metrocable), buses, taxis that make getting around easy and economical.

Medellín is situated in the Andes mountains and offers a temperate climate year-round that makes it “The City of Eternal Spring.”  It is home to the Escuela de Adminstración y Finanazas e Instituto Tecnológico (EAFIT) where the University of Southern California offers this unique summer program with the theme of Conflict and resolution.  We offer two courses that examine how Medellín resolved its social conflict and evolved into a community that celebrates its prominence as the second largest city and economy in Colombia.

Business, educational sectors, and the government have unified to physically unite the social strata of the city.  There are covered escalators to bring the poorest citizens from the outskirts of the city into the city center so that they may integrate themselves into the labor force and benefit from the burgeoning economy.  Business and government have collaborated to create cultural spaces, such as the Modern Art Museum and the Museum of Remembrance, that celebrate the arts and recall the conflict that transformed Medellín.

The universities of the city strive to be welcoming spaces that reflect the importance of education for all, shared social responsibility, and respect the environment in the process.  EAFIT leads the pack in this area.  The Medellín campus is in the city center, an American-style college campus filled with local flora and fauna, where future leaders study and socialize.

New Course: Math 499: The Foundations of Mathematics and the Acquisition of Mathematical Knowledge

If you would like to reserve a spot in this course, please sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/Y7qtwqKwM3

This is an extremely unique course, which will involve field experiences with high school students, lots of groupwork, and very little lecture.

In this course we will use K-12 mathematics as a conduit for under-standing the nature of mathematical thought, argument, and problem solving, how humans acquire mathematical knowledge, and how to best teach this material to children.

We will revisit K-12 mathematics from the point of view of a mathematician. We will explore the roles of metaphors, models, and definitions. We will discuss the use of symbols and see that even in mathematics their meanings are often contextual. We will compare and contrast proofs and convincing arguments and think about the roles they play in developing and understanding mathematics. We will discuss the relationship between mathematics and our physical world and how we use mathematics to understand the physical world. We will consider various algorithms common in K-12 math and discuss why and how they work.

We will read and discuss the literature on how K-12 mathematics is taught and how we learn and process mathematical knowledge.

There will be very little lecturing. There will be a lot of discussion, group work, and both oral and written presentations. There will be a service learning component, in which we work with students at Augustus Hawkins High School. This is a new school with a modern curriculum, implementing an initiative called the Algebra Project.

This class has no prerequisites. In particular, it is not necessary to have taken any college level math classes; you are only expected to know how to count (albeit fairly well!) However, students must be willing to engage with the material at a mathematically sophisticated level.

This class will be valuable for math majors, anyone with a potential interest in teaching mathematics, and sociology and psychology majors interested in the science of learning.

Due to a glitch with the math department, the official course registration is delayed. If you are interested in taking this course in Spring 2015, then please submit your name and email here (http://goo.gl/forms/Y7qtwqKwM3), or email chaskell@usc.edu and we will notify you when you can officially register.



Boren Scholarship & Fellowship Information Session

Featuring: Alison Patz, Federal Boren Program Officer at National Security Education Program
Wednesday, December 10

Hedco Neurosciences Building (HNB) 100

The Boren Scholarship seeks to enhance U.S. understanding of foreign cultures, strengthen our economic competitiveness, and ensure our national security by fully funding students to enter a study abroad program with intent to learn a new language. It is designated for students enrolled in study-abroad programs OUTSIDE OF Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Western Europe. Summer only term is limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors.

Boren Scholarship Eligibility – Candidates must:

  • be a U.S. Citizen at the time of application
  • be a undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior
  • apply to a study abroad program related to academic and career goals

Boren Fellowships provide support for overseas study, domestic study, or a combination of both. Boren focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. The fellowships can be applied to study abroad in all countries except Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Although study outside the United States is not required, successful applications generally include a significant overseas component.

Boren Fellowship Eligibility- Candidates must:

  • be a U.S. citizenship at the time of application
  • be enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university located within the United States
  • include a plan for language study in a modern language other than English in your application.

If you have any questions, please contact USC Boren Campus Rep, Katie Calvert.  Boren website http://borenawards.org/

Office of Academic & International Fellowships
STU 300​

OAPS (Outstanding Academic Papers by Students) under USC Libraries

OAPS is an international program by academic research libraries to encourage, recognize and preserve excellence in student scholarship. The USC Libraries, in cooperation with the Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences and Scribe (USC’s online academic undergraduate journal) collaborate to publish OAPS every year. We invite all students of USC, regardless of school and major, to be published as representatives of the best of academic achievement at USC.

To view previous editions of OAPS, feel free to view this link.

The deadline for papers is December 1st. You will be notified by mid-January if your paper has been selected. If you are unable to turn in your work by December 1st, but still wish to be considered, please email me so we can determine your submission schedule.

Please contact me at shannonz@usc.edu or (512) 487-4969 if you have any questions.

If you should choose to submit, please email shannonz@usc.edu with your paper attached, “OAPS Submission” in the subject, and your major, year, and supervisor in the body of the email. I look forward to reading your submissions.