USC Thornton offers several exciting GE courses in The Arts (GE-A), Citizenship in a Diverse World (GE-G), and Traditions and Historical Foundations (GE-H). Scroll down for the current offerings.
We also encourage you to explore our Elective Courses, which are open to all USC students.
Exploration of music and cultures of the world. Engagement with international musicians, global issues, field work and musical diasporas in Los Angeles. (GE-A and GE-G)
An introduction to Western art music and culture from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras through reading, listening, analyzing and writing about music. (GE-A and GE-H)
Selected Broadway musicals serve as a catalyst for inquiry into human diversity, cross-culturalism, and significant social and political issues. (GE-A and GE-G)
The study of the origins and development of EDM and its relatives such as disco, house, techno, rave and electronica, focusing on the cultural and technological contexts that have influenced the genre. (GE-A)
A chronicle of the musical contribution of Africans and African Americans to American society and to the foundations of musical genres & styles throughout the world. (GE-A and GE-G)
A history of hip-hop music from its inception to the present: its musical processes and styles, as well as attendant social, political and cultural issues.(GE-A and GE-G)
A critical study into the competing and chaotic definitions of “nation” and “nationalism” and the role that music has often played in articulating national identity and in shaping or responding to political turmoil. (GE-A)
Immerses students in criticism, scholarship, and creative writing dealing with popular music. Students participate in that discourse through developing their own authorial voices. (GE-A)
Historical survey of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and David Bowie that explores their contributions to contemporary notions of “masculinity,” “Empire,” and “classic rock.” (GE-A)