Undergraduate Minor in Occupational Science
Dating, working, exercising, socializing—these and thousands of other activities define our lives. As humans, we have a unique drive to remain “occupied” during our waking hours. Studies show that we are most fulfilled and healthy when involved in activities that have purpose and importance.
As a student in the Occupational Science Minor Program, you will join the world’s newest social science in studying the nature, function, and meaning of human activities (occupations). You will:
- Gain new insights into what it means to be human
- Learn ways to enhance health and wellness through occupation
- Develop leading edge skills that will better prepare you for a career in your chosen field
Explore how a minor in OS could support your personal and professional goals by contacting our admissions team.
Why Minor in Occupational Science?
A minor in Occupational Science:
- Offers practical strategies for designing a healthy and satisfying personal lifestyle
- Provides cutting edge knowledge on the key elements of healthy living, such as productive, social, physical and creative activities, healthy eating patterns, social support and exercise
- Prepares you for careers in community service, health care, education, medicine, psychology and social work
- Positions you to apply to a master’s or doctoral program in Occupational Therapy or to a Ph.D. program in Occupational Science
Enhancing Your Major with an OS Minor
A minor in Occupational Science will uniquely compliment and enhance your major. For example, if your major is:
- Anthropology, Sociology or Psychology
You will explore what it means to be human and how personal identities, cultures and communities are constructed through occupations.
- Theater, Music or Fine Arts
You will gain insights into human motivation and self-expression.
- Engineering or Architecture
You will learn how to enhance optimal functioning of individuals and communities in personal and public spaces.
- Gerontology or other Health Sciences
You will examine how occupations can promote health or facilitate recovery from illness and disability.
- English or Communication
You will discover how personal narrative and stories guide the choices we make in carrying out our occupations and creating our daily lives.
A Day in the Life of an Occupational Science Minor Student
Experience a day in the life of Caroline Kim, an Occupational Science minor student.
How to Declare a Minor in Occupational Science
Students wishing to declare a minor in Occupational Science need to contact Amber Bennett, Assistant Director of Admissions, to schedule an advising appointment.
Director of the Minor in Occupational Science Program
Phone: (323) 442-2850
Fax: (323) 442-1540
USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California
1540 Alcazar Street, CHP-133
Los Angeles CA 90089-9003