USC faculty have won hundreds of academic and professional honors, including the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, the Pritzker Architecture Prize, GRAMMY Awards and awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our faculty’s intellectual clout can also be measured by the amount of research funding they receive—more than $645 million annually—and their long list of life-changing inventions, celebrated books, prize-winning performances and TV news appearances.
And yet USC faculty remain accessible to their students. USC’s “learner-centered” approach to graduate education fosters intellectual partnerships between faculty and students, and faculty members play active roles in helping students hone their skills in locating, assessing, applying and presenting information. Graduate students are taught by and pursue research with distinguished faculty, making groundbreaking discoveries that address critical issues facing our global society.