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University of Southern California
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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Academics
Academics

Minor in Occupational Science
Fall 2021 Courses

Find your path: happiness, purpose and health

One-Unit Courses

OT 100: THRIVE: Foundations of Well-Being* (1 unit)

Tuesday, 5:00 – 5:50pm, with discussion section (multiple days/times available)

A class created for students, by students through a collaboration between USG, USC Chan, and USC Campus Wellness & Education. Meet leading faculty, learn about human connection, give back to your community, foster self-care, and bring your true self. 1 unit, no pressure, no homework.

*This 1-unit course is provided for students interested in learning more about health and well-being without completing the full OS Minor. OT 100 is not available for credit towards the minor.

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Two-Unit Courses

OT 101x: Caring for Your Self: Engaging in Healthy Habits and Routines (2 units)

Tuesday, 12:00 – 1:50pm

Get credit for taking care of your self as you navigate your path. Learn about healthy habits by applying self-care knowledge to your own life. Save some time each week just for you!

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OT 220: Lifestyle Design: Introduction to Occupational Therapy* (2 units)

Monday, 12:00 – 1:50pm, or
Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:50pm

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.

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OT 280: Essential Occupations of Emerging Adulthood (2 units)

Thursday, 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 and learn the life skills needed on your path to adulthood.

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OT 310: Creativity Workshop (2 units)

Monday, 10:00 – 11:50am, or
Wednesday, 12:00 – 1:50pm, or
Friday, 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.

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OT 312: Creating a Sustainable Lifestyle (2 units)

Wednesday, 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.

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Four-Unit Courses

OT 250: Introduction to Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (4 units)

Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00am – 12:20pm, or
Tuesday & Thursday, 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.

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OT 251: Across the Lifespan: Occupations, Health and Disability (4 units)

Monday & Wednesday, 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.

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OT 320: The Nature of Human Occupation: Form, Function, and Meaning (4 units)

Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 – 10:50am, or
Wednesday, 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.

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OT 340: Occupational Foundations of Human-Animal Interaction (4 units)

Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00 – 3:20pm

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.

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OT 360: Creating the Self through Narrative: Acts of Life Story Production (4 units)

Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00 – 3:20pm

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.

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