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When you study in the College of Arts and Sciences, you follow in the footsteps of more than 75,000 graduates. No matter where you go or what career you work in, you’re certain to meet other Arts and Sciences alumni. 

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Mike Colter

Mike Colter majored in theatre and has acted in more than 40 films and television series. From 2016 to 2018, he played the Marvel superhero Luke Cage in the Netflix series of the same name. 

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Jotaka Eaddy

Jotaka Eaddy earned a political science degree and was the first Black woman elected student government president. She has since helped Silicon Valley and Wall Street become more diverse and inclusive, and she helped win a U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished the juvenile death penalty. 

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Lilly Heidari

Since graduating with a degree in English and theatre, Lilly Heidari has carried her passion for storytelling into the movie production industry. As a member of Local Cinema Studios, Lilly has worked on two full-length films, including one recently filmed entirely on USC’s Columbia campus. 

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Amber Wellings

Amber Wellings took her academics beyond the classroom during her time as an archaeology student, participating in field work with her professor and a cultural resource management firm in Georgia. She used that hands-on experience to land a job working with the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado. 

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Paris Smalls

Paris Smalls is using his geophysics degree to help preserve the environment and to make harvesting natural resources more efficient. The company he co-founded, Eden GeoTech, has received grant funding from the U.S. government and landed him on Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Energy list. 

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Herman Phillips

Film and media studies graduate Herman Phillips has worked on award-winning productions including Lucasfilm's The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. His company Cinapse created an app that is revolutionizing the way studios handle production, and it earned him a spot on Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list. 

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Kiley Hurst

Kiley Hurst’s research has been cited by the New York Times, NBC News and Axios. The statistics graduate now works as a research assistant for the highly-regarded Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. and uses the data she collects to tell important stories. 


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