University of Southern California


USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

The USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is the academic heart of the university, advancing knowledge in traditional and emerging disciplines across the humanities, social sciences and sciences. With nearly 800 tenure- and non-tenure track faculty, 37 academic departments and programs, dozens of research centers and institutes, for more than 140 degree options (majors and minors) for more than 10,700 undergraduate students, more than 35 Ph.D. programs that enroll more than 1,100 doctoral students, and a diverse collection of practical and innovative master’s degrees, USC Dornsife is at the core of USC’s mission to promote world-class research, train the next generation of scholars, and provide undergraduates with an education that is innovative, engaging, student-centered and experiential.

Faculty and students in the USC Dornsife College explore an extraordinarily broad set of questions in fundamental and applied fields of study, including the origins of the universe, the evolution of the planet, the development of human civilizations, philosophy and ethics, art and visual culture, literature and creative expression, world affairs and global relations, the dynamics of social and economic life, the nature of democracy, the mysteries of the mind, our relationship to our environment, and the cutting edge of scientific discovery. USC Dornsife anchors the university’s commitment to the importance of scholarly inquiry across the spectrum of knowledge so that we might cultivate and enrich the mind and spirit, advance human enlightenment and progress, and address the most important challenges facing our world.


Steve Kay

Contact Information

Office of the Dean
USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
3551 Trousdale Pkwy., ADM 304
Los Angeles, CA 90089-4012
Telephone (213) 740-2531




Nearly 500 tenured and tenure-track faculty
Approximately 250 teaching, research and adjunct non-tenure track faculty

Undergraduate Students


Graduate Students

1,111 Ph.D. students
574 M.A./M.S. students

Degrees and Programs Offered