NEW LGBTQ Studies Minor

Offered through the Gender Studies Program in USC Dornsife College, the LGBTQ Studies Minor (new in Fall 2015) will provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to analyze LGBTQ issues in-depth. For more information, join Prof. Sheila Briggs (Chair, Gener Studies) and a panel with:

Prof. Jack Halberstam (Gender Studies, ASE, Comparative Lit)
Prof. Chris Freeman (Gender Studies, English)
Rev. Kelby Harrison, Ph.D. (Director, LGBT Resource Center)

Lunch will be served.

WHEN: Monday, April 20, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
WHERE: Trojan Conference Room 102, Engemann Student Health Center

Fall 2015 FREN & ITAL Courses

FREN 235x – Intermediate Conversational French: Culture, Society and Communication

FREN 250 – France and its Others

FREN 300 – French Grammar and Composition

FREN 320 – French Cinema

FREN 330 – Critical Writing in French

FREN 351 – Research in French and Francophone Cultures

FREN 410 – Crimes of Passion in French Classical Theater: Les crimes passionels dans le theatre francais classique

(Original Course Numbering) ITAL 470 – La letteratura italiana tra moderno e postmoderno
(Revised Course Numbering) ITAL 402 – Italian Studies in Modernity
Section 34444
2:00-3:50 T/TH TBA

Course for Fall 2015 – PSYC 404: Psychophysiology of Emotion

Dr. Mike Dawson is excited to teach a course this coming Fall 2015 that might be of interest to your undergraduate and/or graduate students:

PSYC 404:  Psychophysiology of Emotion (4 units)

This course will be a small seminar-type class.  PSYC 404 will have a hands-on lab component.  Please see attached course description for more information.

Although, PSYC 404 has PSYC 100, PSYC 274 and PSYC 314 as prerequisites, Dr. Dawson is willing to waive some of the prerequisites, especially if they have comparable preparation.  Students should fill out the attached Prerequisite Waiver form, then contact Dr. Dawson at and the Director or Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Ann Renken [].  To make it easier for students, the filled out form and email approvals sent from both Dr. Dawson and Dr. Renken to will suffice in lieu of signature.

Dr. Dawson is happy to speak with interested students.  For more information on Dr. Dawson’s area of expertise, his profile can be found here:  and information about the Dawson Lab can be found here:  Also students are welcome to work in his lab.

Summer 2015 Course: MDES 122 Arabic I

Why study Arabic?
– Learn the language of over 300 million people- Become acquainted with a rich and diverse cultural heritage
– Gain a competitive edge in the job market

Register for Summer 2015
“My first semester at USC, I decided to enroll in Arabic more or less on a whim. It was a decision that proved to be a life-changing one. I quickly fell in love with the language, culture, and politics of the Middle East. Arabic became my passion, and I threw myself into the study of this fascinating region, ultimately adding a Middle East Studies major.”
– Nora Snyder, International Relations and Middle East Studies, Class of 2014

Enroll in MDES 122: Arabic I
Summer 2015
Sozan Wall
Times: 10:00 – 12:50 pm, MTuWThF
Classroom: THH 115
Units: 4

Contact Instructor Sozan Wali –

Middle East Studies Program
University of Southern California
3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 449
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0151

Arabic Summer Flyer

Extended Deadline to Participate in USC Summer Excavation

Extended Deadline: Mon, March 23!

Participate in USC Summer Excavation, Ostia/Rome, Italy: June 8 – July 19, 2015
AHIS 325 (4 Units):”Roman Archaeological Excavation: Methods & Practice”

6 week program: 1 week of walking tours of Rome, 5 weeks of excavating at Ostia

(Students housed in apartments in the center of Rome)

No prerequisites or previous archaeological experience necessary: All instruction in English

For those interested in participating, please email Dr. John Pollini, Professor of Classical Art & Archaeology, Department of Art History, USC:

Maymester: AMST 499- Tourism in the City of Angeles: Past, Present, Future

Maymester 2015 flyer Pulido

Tourism in the City of Angels: Past, Present and Future
May 19-June 10, 2015
Section: 10447R
Days/Times: TuWTh, 10:00am-1:00pm
Tuition: $6408 (part of Spring Load)

Click here to view syllabus.

For more information, please contact Professor Pulido at

Extended Deadline for the Rome Program

The Rome Program (May 21-July 10) is still accepting applications for this summer!
The application deadline for the up to eight-unit program is extended to March 13, 2015.

Applications available in the French and Italian Department 155 in Taper Hall.
Attached to this email you will find specifics about the program that offers Italian 120, 150, 220 224 and a Problem without Passport Course (Dornsife students and Italian Majors qualify to apply for a $3000 SURF grant).

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