in Occupational Science
Occupational science is the interdisciplinary study of how everyday human activities — occupations — define and shape our lives. The Occupational Science Minor complements any major and, even if you don’t declare the minor, you can still take any minor course you choose. By studying your occupations, you can find your path to happiness, purpose, and health.
A minor in Occupational Science:
- Offers practical strategies for designing a healthy and satisfying personal lifestyle.
- Prepares you for careers in community service, health care, business, education, medicine, the arts, psychology and social work.
- Positions you to apply to the Entry-Level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program, or to the Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Science (PhD) program.
Students begin by completing the gateway course, Introduction to Occupational Science (OT 250), that is offered every semester, and continue with the selection of other courses from the list below for a total of 20 units.
- OT 250 (4 units): Introduction to Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
An additional 16 units from the following
- OT 101 (2 units): Caring For Your Self: Engaging in Healthy Habits and Routines
- OT 220 (2 units): Lifestyle Design: Introduction to Occupational Therapy
- OT 251 (4 units): Across the Lifespan: Occupations, Health and Disability
- OT 280 (2 units): Essential Occupations of Emerging Adulthood
- OT 300 (4 units): Occupational Expressions of Diverse Identities and Lifestyles
- OT 310 (2 units): Creativity Workshop
- OT 312 (2 units): Creating a Sustainable Lifestyle
- OT 320 (4 units): The Nature of Human Occupation: Form, Function, and Meaning
- OT 325 (4 units): The Brain: Mind, Body, and Self
- OT 330 (4 units): Perspectives on the Daily Life of Families
- OT 333x (4 units): Sports Ethics
- OT 340 (4 units): Occupational Foundations of Human-Animal Interaction
- OT 350 (4 units): Disability, Occupation, and the Health Care System
- OT 355 (2 units): Doing Social Justice
- OT 360 (4 units): Creating the Self through Narrative: Acts of Life Story Production
- OT 370 (4 units): Understanding Autism: Participation Across the Lifespan
- OT 375 (4 units): The Narrative Structure of Social Interaction: Narrative, Healing, and Occupation
Read Course Descriptions, or see the USC Catalogue.
Course offerings vary each semester. For next semester’s offerings, see the USC Schedule of Classes, or our current courses page.
USC Chan recognizes that the composition of occupational scientists and occupational therapists nationwide is not sufficiently representative of the diversity of the healthcare consumers whom the discipline and profession serves. Consequently, we strive to recruit superior applicants for all of our academic programs from diverse populations and to provide financial packages that will make it possible for promising students from underserved populations to attend USC Chan. Read more about diversity, access, and equity at USC Chan, and our Diversity Mentorship Program.
If you have additional questions about course content, please contact Dr. Catherine Crowley, Director of the Minor in Occupational Science program.
How to Declare a Minor in Occupational Science
A Day in the Life of an Occupational Science Minor Student
Caroline, a student in the Undergraduate Minor in Occupational Science program, shares about her daily life at the University of Southern California.