University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Undergraduate Minor in Occupational Science | Courses

Find your path: happiness, purpose and health

OT 101: Caring for Your Self: Engaging in Healthy Habits and Routines* Just 1 unit!

Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:50pm

Take care of your self. Work with a clinical occupational therapy faculty member to integrate healthy habits and routines into your own life. Save an hour and a half each week just for you!

*This 1-unit course is provided for students interested in learning more about occupational science and self care without completing the full OS Minor. OT 101 is not available for credit towards the minor.

OT 220: Lifestyle Design: Introduction to Occupational Therapy* Just 2 units!

Mondays 12:00 - 1:50pm or Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:50pm

What you choose to do or not do, minute by minute, day by day and year by year, shapes who you will become and how healthy you will be. Develop your knowledge and skills in lifestyle design and find your path to a healthier happier you!

*This 2-unit course is provided for students interested in learning more about occupational science without completing the full OS Minor. OT 220 is not available for credit towards the minor.

OT 250: Introduction to Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

TTh 11:00am - 12:20pm or TTh 3:30 - 4:50pm

Discover strategies that will enable you to successfully transition to college life and beyond. Learn to utilize tools that will help you to create a healthy living environment, manage your time and find social community. In this age of information overload, find your path to happiness, purpose and health.

OT 251: Across the Lifespan: Occupations, Health and Disability

MW 12:00-1:50pm

What activities are important to a child? To an adolescent? To an adult? Explore the power of occupation and its ability to be transformative throughout the lifespan of all individuals. Discover how your path has changed throughout your life and learn to better direct its course in the future.

OT 280: Essential Occupations of Emerging Adulthood New course!  Just 2 units!

Thursdays 12:00-1:50pm

Examine the challenges associated with the emerging adulthood stage of development - what most college students are experiencing as everyday life! Discuss occupational science strategies for promoting health and wellness in the face of these challenges.

OT 310: Creativity Workshop Just 2 units!

Mondays 10:00–11:50 am, Wednesdays 12:00–1:50pm or
Fridays 10:00–11:50am

What creative occupations did you leave behind when you began your path at USC? Learn how you can rediscover the imaginative pursuits that help bring happiness and meaning to your life. Explore your creative side and discover what you have in common with famous writers, cartoonists, artists and performers.

OT 312: Creating a Sustainable Lifestyle Just 2 units!

Wednesdays 10:00–11:50am

Your daily routines and choices can have a global impact and that is why scientists and policy-makers advocate lifestyle changes as crucial to solving today’s climate challenges. Advance the health of the Earth by promoting environmental sustainability at a policy level or by learning some simple tips to improve your personal well-being. 

OT 330: Perspectives on the Daily Life of Families

TTh 9:30–10:50am or Wednesdays 6:00–8:50pm

Learn about the importance of connections, cultures, and histories while you reflect on your own family. Find out how even the simple activities, such as a meal together, can reinforce and build families. Build a family tree and determine how you can help it grow stronger in the future.

OT 340: Occupational Foundations of Human-Animal Interaction

Wednesdays 3:30-6:20pm

Will you travel your path with a best friend? Explore how interactions with companion animals, especially cats and dogs, can expand human capacity for action. Whether you’ve had a pet in the past, have one now, or might want one in the future, learn how these furry friends contribute to your health and well-being.

OT 360: Creating the Self through Narrative: Acts of Life Story Production

MW 10:00–11:50am

Telling and retelling your own story is a lifelong occupation. Learn how the stories you tell about yourself, your friends, your family and your experiences not only describe who you are, but connect you to others and make you unique. Practice your interviewing skills and learn to write a life narrative.

OT 370: Understanding Autism: Participation Across the Lifespan New course!

MW 2:00-3:20pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimates that 1 in 68 children is identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) making it highly probable that you will encounter one or more individuals with ASD during your life. Discuss representations of ASD in media, film and TV, while learning about health disparities, autistic self-advocacy, neurodiversity and other contemporary perspectives on disability.

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