Courses

courses

  • Some courses are restricted to certain students within the first-year student population. (ie Scholars and Exploratory Studies)
  • FYI courses are identified by a Q affixed to the end of the course section number, eg. 002Q.
  • Course offerings change from academic year to academic year and semester to semester based.
  • During the fall semester, FYI sections are open only to incoming (newly arrived) first-year students.
  • Additional Fall FYI courses are “linked” to USC 101, an Exploratory Studies course. These courses are open only to Exploratory Studies students.

Fall 2020 Courses (pdf)

Spring 2021 Courses (pdf)

This spring, we are offering five sections of FYI with in-person/hybrid and online options. These courses are a great springboard for Spring Connect students! Make sure to register for the section of the course with the “Q” designation.

COM 112: Interpersonal Communication GEP: Social Sciences

Explores self-concept, language and culture, self-disclosure, active listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, and
conflict management. This class is all about relationships! We discuss how we form, maintain, and sometimes end
friendships, as well as family, romantic, and workplace relationships. We will examine our own lives, as well as examples
from social media, television, movies, and other media. Each week we will enjoy discussions that apply what we learn
to real-life examples, as well as methods to improve our relationships. (section 005Q, T/R 10:15-11:30am)

STS 323: World Population and Food Prospects GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives GEP: Global Knowledge

Examines the dynamics of population size and food needs, production, distribution, and utilization. The course also
analyzes the consequences of inadequate nutrition, food choices, and efforts to increase the compatibility of effective
food production systems. (section 002Q, T/R 4:30-5:45pm)

HI 216: Latin America Since 1826 GEP: Humanities

Designed to introduce students to the history of Latin America during the national period. It takes a thematic
approach, with numerous case studies, examining such topics as the enduring influence of colonial structures and
practices, tensions between nineteenth-century liberals and conservatives and divergent approaches to economic
development. It also explores revolutionary movements, migration issues, U.S. regional influence, the new left, and the
rise of drug cartels. (section 002Q, M/W 1:30-2:45pm)

WGS 200: Introduction to Women’s Studies GEP: US Diversity

Spans the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. In this class, we will use academic sources, social media, documentary, television, movies, and other sources to explore where and how gender shows up in our lives alongside other identities. People of all genders will learn more about the systems, practices, and possibilities for what gender does and can mean in our lives. By the end of the class, you will be better prepared to engage in discussions about gender in everyday life including in relationships, institutions, history/ies, and possible futures. (section 002Q M/W 11:45am-1:00pm)

MUS 210: Introduction to Popular Music: 1950s-1970s GEP: US Diversity  GEP: Visual & Performing Arts

Examines the stylistic development and cultural impact of popular music from the 1950s through the 1970s. Musical
styles discussed include American and British rock, country, R&B, Motown, soul, funk, disco, and punk. No prior musical
knowledge is necessary. (section 001Q, M/W 3:00-4:15pm)