I would like USC to offer majors that are more innovative, less structured, and less traditional. I basically would like to see a track just like Stanford’s Science, Technology, and Society offered here. If you are an STS major, your learning environment is completely inspiring and very Silicon Valley. You do not attend monotonous lectures where your fingers are working hard to keep up with the professors lecture slides. No way…. You have tons and tons of guest lectures, take field trips, have open discussions, and frequently have breakout group work.
Experiential learning is what I think we should be after. Collaboration, innovation, and transparency is what these classes would facilitate. Also, leadership – even if you are not majoring in leadership, leadership competencies and skills should be intertwined in your learning environment and curriculum.
A new USC major would offer a few concentrations within STS – one that is more Media and Society driven, another about technology and organizations, or even one about Policy and Technology. Basically, the concentrations would all differ, but the major core requirements should be the same, and the approach to learning.
- · Major Core Requirements
- · Major Concentration Electives
- · 1 (requied) semester at a parent university that offers a similar concentration – you can take major core requirements here [this would act like an excahnge program where you still pay USC tuition....that way USC is incentivized because they aren't loosing money]
o Example partnerships
§ Bucknell – Markets, Innovation and Design
§ Georgetown – Management, Innovation, and Leadership
§ Stanford – Science, Technology, and Society
- · 1 (optional) semester abroad