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
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 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 325: The Brain: Mind, Body, and Self
TTh 9:30–10:50am or Wednesdays 6:00–8:50pm
Your thought processes and social perceptions stem from the interactions between your brain and the world. Learn how your brain has developed over the course of your life and explore the interactions of neuroscience, cognition and social experiences.
OT 333: Sports Ethics
Every day in the news we hear about ethical dilemmas involving sports and athletes in professional leagues and at college campuses. Examine your own participation in sports and critically examine ethical issues central to the world of sport, such as fair play, cheating, performance-enhancing drugs, gene doping and women’s sports equality.
OT 340: Occupational Foundations of Human-Animal Interaction New course!
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 350: Disability, Occupations, and the Health Care System
USC, your future workplace, and American society at large are continually growing more diverse. Expand your knowledge about managing everyday activities from the perspectives of people living with disabilities. Learn how physical, political and social environments can create opportunities and obstacles in all of our lives.
OT 355: Occupational Reconstructions and Social Transformations Just 2 units!
Occupations can help motivate and restore hope after war or natural disaster. Examine issues of human rights and how meaningful activities are important to identity, agency, health and political power in the wake of tragedy. Study collective action and learn to harness your own power and purpose in life.
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.