General Education Courses

All USC undergraduate students must complete a number of General Education courses to satisfy their degree requirements. 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).

We also encourage you to explore our Elective Courses, which are open to all USC students.

For more information about our General Education course offerings, contact the Thornton Student Affairs office: TMC 200 • Phone: (213) 740-4721 •

FALL 2020

MUSC 102gw
World Music

GE-A and GE-G
Exploration of music and cultures of the world. Engagement with international musicians, global issues, field work and musical diasporas in Los Angeles.

MUSC 115gp
Western Music as Sounding History

GE-A and GE-H
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.

MUSC 200gw
The Broadway Musical: Reflections of American Diversity

GE-A and GE-G
Selected Broadway musicals serve as a catalyst for inquiry into human diversity, cross-culturalism, and significant social and political issues.

MUSC 210g
Electronic Music and Dance Culture

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.

MUSC 250gw
The Music of Black Americans

GE-A and GE-G
A chronicle of the musical contribution of Africans and African Americans to American society and to the foundations of musical genres and styles throughout the world.

MUSC 320gw
Hip-Hop Music and Culture

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.