Lunch: Gender and Social Justice Minor

Join Gender Studies faculty to learn about the new Gender and Social Justice minor offered through the Gender Studies Program in USC Dornsife College. Free pizza!

La Promesse-Film on Wednesday September 28 at 6:30 pm in THH114! Save the date!

Dear Students of French,

You are invited to a special event from the department of French and Italian. Please join us to the screening of the movie “La Promesse” and to share a light dinner and French desserts on Wednesday September 28 at 6:30 pm in THH114.

 A tres bientôt!

Student Job Available within the Biological Sciences Department

HIST 440 The Corporation: An Intellectual History

History 440, Undergraduate Seminar


Mondays, 2-4:50pm, Waite Phillips Hall 603

Corporations pervade our lives, whether as our employers; producers of goods and services for our consumption; or as the subjects of significant debate over their impact upon governments, markets, and societies. This seminar places this debate in the context of the deeper intellectual history of the concept of ‘corporation,’ tracing its origins and shifting meanings in philosophical and political thought since the medieval period. The course begins by exploring early conceptions of ‘corporation,’ especially in relation to the rise of the joint-stock company. It continues by examining the conceptualizations, critiques, and defenses of ‘corporation’ by political and economic thinkers since the Enlightenment. The course concludes by charting two key developments in modern thought on the corporation that have since proved central to contemporary discussion: the idea that corporations are people; and that they bear some responsibility to society. How did the meaning of ‘corporation’ change over time, and why? Throughout, we will critically engage with an array of primary and secondary sources, aiming to develop better grounds for our own views on modern corporations and their social role. Grading will be based on seminar participation and two papers.  For questions, please email Dr. Siddique at


Dr. Asheesh Siddique is a political, intellectual, and cultural historian of the British empire, early America, and early modern Europe who is interested in the relationship between governance, knowledge, and technology. Siddique’s first book project, tentatively entitled “Paperwork, Governance, and Archive in the British Empire During the Long Eighteenth Century,” examines the changing ways in which the British imperial state used the technology of paper to govern and administer its territories in North America, the Caribbean, and India during a century of immense geopolitical transformation. The project examines both the ways in which documents were developed and used in administration; and the history of their archivization. At USC, Siddique intends to start work on two new projects: a study of the rise of archive-based approaches to writing the history of the American Revolution during the nineteenth century across the Atlantic world; and a conceptual history of “corporation” in Western political, legal, and economic thought from the medieval period to the present.

Siddique received his PhD in History from Columbia University in 2016. Prior to that, he was trained at the University of Oxford (MPhil, 2009) and Princeton University (AB, 2007). His research has been supported by a number of institutions, including the Social Science Research Council, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and the American Philosophical Society.

Overseas Studies Upcoming Events

Welcome Back!


Email to request an application.  Please indicate the program to which you’re applying (be sure to check minimum eligibility requirements listed in the program brochures on our website).

Application deadlines are listed below:

· August 22nd : Nanzan
· September 13th : Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Ireland (Dublin), Italy, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa & the UK (BADA, King’s, Queen Mary, UCL and the Edinburgh Internship Programme).
· September 27th: All other Dornsife Semester Programs


· Walk-In Advising
· Study Abroad 101 & UK 101 info sessions
· Upcoming program-specific & major-specific info sessions
· Study Abroad Week – Refer to our website for a detailed list of info sessions
· Study Abroad Fair – September 8th from 10-2pm on Trousdale Parkway

Young Scientists Program Teaching Assistant

JEP is searching for undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the sciences with at least one year to commit to the Young Scientists Program (YSP). The YSP Teaching Assistants are each placed at one of five elementary schools in our immediate USC community to teach hands-on science lessons to 4th and 5th grade classrooms supporting teachers and students in science education.

The minimum term of this position begins at the start of the fall 2016 semester and ideally through the end of the spring 2017 semester. See program website:

Job Announcement and Application below. Pay rate: $10.50/hour for 7 hours per week.

Job Announcement

Job Application




New Minor in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence

The Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI) will offer a new minor in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence this Fall 2016. This interdisciplinary minor aims to educate future leaders in location-based analytics to gather, interpret and implement actionable intelligence to provide human security. It will teach students how to address threats both from natural disasters and human origin.

This minor has an inherent appeal to students in a number of majors including Political Science, International Relations, Environmental Studies, Middle East Studies, GeoDesign, PPD and any ROTC and interested students should contact Director of Undergraduate Studies Darren Ruddell ( or Academic Advisor Ken Watson ( if they are interested in learning more.

The curriculum for this minor is comprised of some new and many existing courses. SSI will be offering two new courses in the undergraduate curriculum. SSCI 214: Human Populations and Natural Hazards will satisfy GE Category C and the lower division elective requirement. The course will begin this Fall and is being taught by Darren Ruddell. The other new course will be SSCI 401: Geospatial Intelligence which will fulfill one of the three core requirements (the other two being SSCI 301: Maps and Spatial Reasoning and IR 381: Introduction to International Security). A full list of requirements can be found on the SSI website here: