Finding Classes Outside Marshall
As I’ve mentioned in prior blogs, USC, and particularly Marshall, is an institution that actively encourages interdisciplinary learning. The way the Business Administration curriculum is designed incentivizes students to seek additional majors and minors, all of which require finding classes outside the school.
One great way to do this is to take a diverse set of GE’s to find and pursue a new interest. GE’s, or general education requirements, are mandated for students to encourage study across a wide array of fields. Even though they are mandatory, they’ve all been fantastic experiences that have introduced me to new subjects like Modern Russian Art, the Sociology of Health, and the Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances. In addition to being very intellectually stimulating, GE’s also serve as a great starting point for pursuing a new field of study outside Marshall. For instance, after taking Intro to Buddhism last semester, I know many students in the class who are either pursuing a minor or even a new degree in Religious Studies.
Another mechanism to find classes outside Marshall is to talk to your academic advisor. If you feel that there is something missing in your Business School experience, they are a great resource to guide you in the right direction. As a numbers guy who is interested in entering financial services, for example, my advisor brought to my attention several programs such as a specialization in Applied Analytics and a minor in Mathematical Finance all designed to bolster my quantitative acumen.
One huge advantage of attending Marshall is the fact that you have the space in your schedule to broaden your intellectual horizons considerably. By finding classes outside the school that pique your interest, you will be able to make your USC experience even more enjoyable.