Directed Research – 490

Directed Research (490x) is student-proposed, faculty supervised research that can be used to earn from two to eight units of elective credit. Students must conduct research under a professor, and must present their work (such as a paper, formal publication, demonstration/performance). Specific enrollment requirements may vary from department to department, however, directed research is usually intended for juniors and seniors who have excelled in the major and have developed a specific research interest.

In some departments, a directed research course may also satisfy a requirement for the major. Please contact your department for additional information and required paperwork in order to take these special research-for-credit courses.

Below you will find contact information and, if available, links to required paperwork for Directed Research, organized by department:

Department Course Number
Online Resources Contact Info
Leventhal School of Accounting ACCT-490x Milli Penner
(213) 740-4838
American Studies and Ethnicity
Dornsife College
AMST-490x aseinfo@dornsife.usc.edu
(213) 740-2426
Anthropology
Dornsife College
ANTH-490x Roberto Leni
(213) 740-2534
School of Architecture ARCH-490x Last Names A – Le
Jahtm Flores
(213) 740-2090
Last Names Li – Z
Lisa Shimabukuro
(213) 821-0746
Art History
Dornsife College
AHIS-490x Antonio Croghan
(213) 821-4316
Biological Sciences
Dornsife College
BISC-290
BISC-490x
Undergraduate Research

BISC 290 and BISC 490 Applications

Linda Bazilian
(213) 821-1088
AHF 107D
Marshall School of Business BUAD-490x BUAD-490 Application Office of Undergraduate Advising
(213) 740-0690
Chemistry
Dornsife College
CHEM-490x advise@chemistry.usc.edu
(213) 740-7036
School of Cinematic Arts CNTV-490x
CTAN-496
CTIN-490x
IML-490x
Cinematic Arts Student Affairs
Critical Studies and Film & Television Production
(213) 740-8358
Daphne Sigismondi
John C. Hench Division ofAnimation and Digital Arts
(213) 740-3986
Sam Roberts
Division of Interactive Media
(213) 821-4472
Sonia Seetharaman
Media Arts + Practice
(213) 743-2198
Kristen Davis
Division of Writing for Screen & Television
(213) 740-3303
Classics
Dornsife College
CLAS-490x
GR-490x
LAT-490x
Roberto Leni
(213) 821-4316
Comparative Literature
Dornsife College
COLT-490x Roberto Leni
(213) 821-4316
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism COMM-490x
COMM-494
JOUR-490x
Academic Forms Undergraduate Advisement & Academic Services
(213) 740-0900
School of Dramatic Arts THTR-490x Daniel Leyva
(213) 740-1291
Earth Sciences
Dornsife College
GEOL-490x Undergraduate Research Cynthia Waite
(213) 740-6109
East Asian Languages & Cultures
Dornsife College
EALC-490x Lisa Kamrany
(213) 821-4316
Economics
Dornsife College
ECON-490x Shannon Durbin
(213) 740-8335
English
Dornsife College
ENGL-490x Rebecca Woods
(213) 740-3725
Environmental Studies
Dornsife College
ENST-490x Natalie Inouye
(213) 740-7770
Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
AME-490x AME-490x Contract Irice Castro
(213) 740-5353
  • Astronautical Engineering
ASTE-490x ASTE Directed Research info@astronautics.usc.edu
(213) 821-5817
  • Biomedical Engineering
BME-490x Christopher Noll
(213) 740-0335
  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
CHE-490x
PTE-490x
Karen Woo
(213) 740-2227
  • Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
CE-490x CEE Directed Research CEE Student Affairs
(213) 740-0587
  • Computer Science
CSCI-490x CSCI Directed Research Steve Schrader
(213) 740-4779
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering
EE-490x Jaime Zelada
(213) 740-4447
  • Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
ISE-490x Crystal Conley
(213) 740-7549
French & Italian
Dornsife College
FREN-490x
ITAL-490x
Josephine Le
(213) 821-4316
Gender Studies
Dornsife College
SWMS-490x Jeanne Weiss
(213) 740-2792
Geography
Dornsife College
See “Spatial Sciences”
Davis School of Gerontology GERO-490x Jim deVera
(213) 740-1729
History
Dornsife College
HIST-490x Lon Kurashige
(213) 740-1666
Human & Evolutionary Biology
Dornsife College
EXSC-490x Laura Ames
(213) 740-2480
International Relations
Dornsife College
IR-490x Katrina Miranda
(213) 740-0772
Kinesiology
Dornsife College
see “Human & Evolutionary Biology”
Linguistics
Dornsife College
LING-490x Brandon Washington
(213) 740-3891
Mathematics
Dornsife College
MATH-490x mathinfo@usc.edu
(213) 740-2400
Middle East Studies
Dornsife College
MDES-490x Cynthia Mata-Flores
(213) 740-3800
Multidisciplinary Activities
Dornsife College
MDA-490
MDA-494
Richard Fliegel
(213) 740-2961
Thornton School of Music MUCM-490x
MUCH-490x
MUCO-490x
MUCD-490x
MUEA-490x
MUJZ-490x
MUED-490x
MUCO-490x
MUHL-490x
MUIN-490x
MPEM-490x
MPGU-490x
MPKS-490x
MPST-490x
MPVA-490x
MPWP-490x
Office of Student Affairs
(213) 740-4721
Narrative Studies
Dornsife College
MDA-490
MDA-494
Tim Gotimer
(213) 740-3725
Neuroscience
Dornsife College
MDES-490x Undergraduate Research

NEUR 490 Application

Gloria Wan
(213) 740-6091
Philosophy
Dornsife College
PHIL-490x Daniela Ochoa
(213) 740-2534
Physics & Astronomy
Dornsife College
ASTR-490x
PHYS-490x
(213) 740-2534
Political Science
Dornsife College
POSC-490x Paul Kovich
(213) 740-3621
Psychology
Dornsife College
PSYC-490x Undergraduate Research Vivian Hsu-Tran
(213) 740-6163
Ingrid Popper
(213) 740-2204
Price School of Public Policy PPD-490x Undergraduate Research Nam Ung
(213) 740-4723
Religion
Dornsife College
JS-490x
REL-490x
Lisa Kamrany
(213) 821-4316
Slavic Languages & Literature
Dornsife College
SLL-490x Susan Kechekian
(213) 740-2735
Sociology
Dornsife College
SOCI-490x Stachelle Overland
(213) 740-8851
Spanish & Portuguese
Dornsife College
SPAN-490x Josephine Le
(213) 821-4316
Spatial Sciences Institute
Dornsife College
GEOG-490x
SSCI-490x
Ken Watson
(213) 740-8298
Theatre see “Dramatic Arts”