Minors and Electives

Why USC Thornton?

Regardless of your major or level of experience, we invite you to study and create music with us at the USC Thornton School of Music. We offer a vast array of elective courses for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as minors for undergraduates. If you see courses that interest you, contact Thornton Student Affairs to discuss whether you might be eligible to enroll in your desired classes.

For questions on admission requirements and gateway course information, as well as pre-minor advisement and specific application procedures, please contact our office:

USC Thornton Student Affairs
TMC 200
Phone: (213) 740-4721


All USC Thornton minors require an application for admission. Please refer to the descriptions of each individual minor for specific admissions requirements, as well as courses that may be taken prior to admission as a gateway to the minor.

It is important to apply as early as possible to the minor that you want to complete, as admission to the minor allows access to required course offerings. If you are not admitted to the minor of your choice, staff members will help you explore different options for pursuing your musical interests at USC Thornton.

Elective Courses

For a list of electives available, please view our elective course guide.

While most electives do not require experience with music, some do. Check the Schedule of Classes for a “D” next to the 5-digit section number of the class you would like to add. If you see a “D,” departmental clearance is required and an assessment of your readiness for the course may be necessary. Please call (213) 740-4721 or visit Thornton Student Affairs in TMC 200 for further instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I rent an instrument?
Students may be able to rent instruments for use in USC Thornton courses from Music Operations. We offer instrument rental by the week or by the semester and have a wide array of instruments to choose from. Visit BMH 101 for rental rates and more information.

Can I use the practice rooms?
Music majors, minors, and students enrolled in any Thornton course that requires you to sing or play an instrument may have access to the practice rooms. Once you have registered for a qualifying course, bring your valid USC ID to Music Operations in BMH 101 to sign up for practice room access.