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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Undergraduate Minor
in Occupational Science
Spring 2023 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)

Tuesday, 12:00 – 1:50pm, or
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
Thursday, 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 355: Doing Social Justice (2 units)

Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:50am

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.

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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 325: The Brain: Mind, Body, and Self (4 units)

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

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OT 350: Disability, Occupations, and the Health Care System (4 units)

Monday & Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:20pm

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 an create opportunities and obstacles in all of our lives.

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OT 370: Understanding Autism: Participation Across the Lifespan (4 units)

Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:50am

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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OT 375: The Narrative Structure of Social Action: Narrative, Healing and Occupation (4 units)

Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00 – 3:20pm

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.

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