USC Summer Archaeology Courses in Guatemala

Dr. Thomas Garrison will be teaching two summer archaeology courses in Guatemala this year. Apply by March 14th for a chance to attend! Check out for more information.
ANTH 400 – Maya Resilience: Conducting Past and Present Identities

This Problems Without Passport course (ANTH 400) studies how the Maya people of Central America have forged a strong cultural identity in both the past and present, as well as the role archaeology has played in this process. Through visits to archaeological sites, museums, and Maya communities students will engage with the complexities of issues relating to the frequently conflicting interests of indigenous cultural heritage and national economic development.

ANTH 450 – Field Research in Maya Archaeology

An associated summer course, ANTH 450 – Field Research in Maya Archaeology, will be available to a select group of students. This course allows students to participate in an archaeological dig in the Maya lowlands of Guatemala. It is by application only and must be taken in conjunction with the Problems Without Passport Course on Maya Resilience. Students will learn drawing and photographic documentation, horizontal excavation, total station survey, tunneling, and excavation of monumental architecture.

Interested students will need to submit an application and a letter of recommendation from a USC faculty member to Thomas Garrison ( by March 14, 2014. An application is required for both ANTH 400 and ANTH 450. Both applications can be downloaded at .

Summer (2014) Roman Excavation Class (4 units) at Ostia/Rome, Italy: AHIS 325 (June 9 – July 20): Deadline for the Housing Deposit, Friday, Feb. 28: See flyer


USC Archaeology Cupcake Reception

Come join USC Archaeology at a cupcake reception! We welcome all students who are interested in archaeology, anthropology, art history, history, Classics, religion, or historical studies in general. Come meet other students and enjoy delicious cupcakes as we discuss opportunities for research, learning, and student involvement! The reception will be held on January 15th at 5 PM in ACB-330.


Summer excavation course open to all USC students


Fall 2013 Career Fair


The Fall 2013 Career Fair is here!  Each year, more than 400 organizations seeking to employ USC students from diverse disciplines attend our career fairs. All students are encouraged to attend and explore the wide variety of internship and full-time employment opportunities that are represented:

Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Trousdale Parkway

Part-time, Full-Time, and Internship positions available from over 150 companies.  Log-in to connect SC for more information.

Dress to impress!  Bring your resume.


Explore@4 is a series of interactive panel discussions designed to help students explore popular career paths with industry professions in an informational setting.

All Explore@4 panels take place from 4:00 – 5:30 PM (w/exception)

Fall 2013  Career Panels:

9.9 Careers in technology for Non-Techies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.10 Language Careers @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.11 TIS Bulge Bracket Investment Banking Panel – @ Davidson Conference Center (7:00 – 9:00pm)

9.12 Economics and Math Careers @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

9.24 Health Careers without an MD @ Tutor Campus Center 227

9.25 Careers for Foodies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.26 Consulting @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

For more information:

Two New Courses for Fall 2013

The Spatial Sciences Institute is introducing two new courses in the Fall 2013 semester. Here’s a brief description of the courses…

SSCI 101: Workshop in Spatial Analysis (2 UNITS 10 WEEKS)
An introduction to geospatial technologies through
mobile devices to provide creative spatially-informed
tools to supplement traditional forms of academic work
across the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

SSCI 101 is open to all undergraduate students from freshman through seniors and it’s only 10 weeks long.

SSCI 301: Maps and Spatial Reasoning (4 UNITS)
An exploration of the role of maps and spatial
reasoning in the production and use of geographic
information for representing and analyzing human
and environmental processes and interactions.

Feel free to contact Kate Kelsey with any questions about the courses.


Phone: (213) 740-8298

Fall 2013 Course – JS 378 – Jewish Magic in the Ancient World


The Invisible Men Screening


The Campus Conversation Series: USC Women Who Have Served


Grace Ford Salvatori Community Service Tuition Scholarships

The Salvatori Community Scholars program provides support to advanced graduate students who are doing community-based research whose experiences with community-based organizations can lead to new opportunities for service-learning students at USC.

Scholar(s) work with JEP’s Associate Director for Research and Academic Affairs, USC faculty, and one or more community organizations to develop service-learning projects for undergraduate USC students. Projects are to be jointly determined by the needs of the community, the academic goals of the service-learning course, and the abilities and interests of the Scholar, and might include participatory action research or direct service activities. All projects must involve undergraduate students in work that builds their knowledge and skills while supporting the Scholar in a community-centered project. Ideally, the service-learning project will closely correspond to the scholarly activities of the Salvatori Community Scholar.

Check out the link for more information and how to apply!

HAUNTING USC – an installation by Doug Jarvis (March 7)

The CRCC Interdisciplinary Research Group, the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, and USC Archaeology are proud to present Haunting USC, an installation by artist Doug Jarvis.

Haunting USC

March 7, 2013
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
University Park Campus
USC Fisher Museum of Art (HAR)

Haunting USC is an investigation of human perception in an increasingly virtualized and mediated world. Artist Doug Jarvis (Victoria, BC, Canada) will inhabit a physical and psychic site within the USC Fisher Museum of Art.

Artist Doug Jarvis explores the phenomenon of “persistence of personality” as a way of engaging with the potential of the human imaginary. Drawing on his individual and collective projects he will construct an action-based media collage as a temporary installation within the gallery, culminating in a public discussion on Thursday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m.

Jarvis, a founding member of the avatar performance art group Second Front and the art collective Noxious Sector, presents an exploration of the potential of existing in the world in a variety of dimensions and forms.

Jarvis will be around the gallery during gallery hours on Wednesday and Thursday engaging with the site and building the temporary installation. The public are welcome to view the process during this time and to attend the public presentation.

Click here for more details.

We hope to see you there!