Undergraduate Minor in Occupational Science | Courses
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
Mondays 9:30am -12:20pm
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!
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
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!
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 320: The Nature of Human Occupation: Form, Function, and Meaning
TTh 9:30–10:50am or Wednesdays 6:00–8:50pm
The pursuit of activity—occupation—is central to the human experience and to your experience at USC. What does your choice of major, sport, philanthropy, or social club say about you? Learn to observe and classify your occupations, determine their symbolic significance and measure their impact on your well-being. By understanding occupation, you can take charge of your life.
OT 340: Occupational Foundations of Human-Animal Interaction
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 370: Understanding Autism: Participation Across the Lifespan New course!
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.
OT 375: The Narrative Structure of Social Action: Narrative, Healing and Occupation
Personal stories guide the actions and choices we make in our day-to-day lives and direct our future decisions. Stories also have the ability to impact our healing and personal transformations. Learn how your stories can make sense of the journey you have traveled and help you to determine your next steps.