GRADUATION “WITH DISTINCTION”
Research is about asking questions and finding answers. It happens in all fields of study and is the foundation for advancing knowledge and solving societal challenges and problems. You can be a part of this, now.
What is it? Graduation “with Distinction” is an optional program of study where you actively engage in significant research, scholarship, and/or performance activities in collaboration with a faculty mentor within your chosen major. This is a chance for you to learn more about, and experience, something related to your specific interests.
What are the benefits?
- One-on-one research with USC faculty,
- Hands-on learning in your field,
- Great experience for graduate or professional schools and future employment,
- Enhanced skills that lead to future success (critical thinking, communication, etc.), AND
- It will be listed on your transcript!
How do I get started?
If your program of study is listed below:
This means your department has an established program. Talk with your academic advisor to get started. Specific information and requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin under your program of study.
- If your program of study is not listed below:
This means your department does not have an established program, but you can still do research in your major. Talk with your academic advisor to see if a program is being developed and who you should talk with to get involved. If your advisor has questions, have he/she contact the Office of Undergraduate Research (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Program guidelines for majors with established “Distinction” programs:
- Chemical Engineering
- International Studies
- Music, performance
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- Sport and Entertainment Management
Want to start a “Distinction” program? NOTE: if you are a student, please talk with your academic advisor about starting a program of study.
- Review the process here
- Review the general guidelines here
- Contact the Academic Program Liaison (APL) for your Campus/College/School .
Who is your APL?