Events
  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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Minors

Interdisciplinary Studies gives undergraduate students in select departments the opportunity to extend and complement their work in the major by pursuing a minor—a defined course sequence that explores a specific theme, topic, or discipline. Minors are optional, and most Interdisciplinary Studies students pursue only one minor, however students may be approved to pursue two minors on a case-by-case basis. All Interdisciplinary Studies students must meet eligibility requirements to enroll.

See full list of available minors in left menu.

Declaring a Minor

Students should complete their Declaration of Minor form during registration advising for either the first or second semester of the sophomore year. Under limited circumstances, students may begin a minor in the first semester of the junior year. Declaration forms are available online. The Chair/Director/Coordinator of the Minor, the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Registrar must approve the application.

  • Meet with the Interdisciplinary Studies Director and/or Program Assistant to discuss your plans.
  • Sign Academic Plan (obtained by Interdisciplinary Studies office)
  • Complete the online Declaration of Minor Form
  • Meet with area head of your chosen minor(s) to gain their approval (see list below)
  • You'll receive email confirmation once your declaration form has been approved by the Registrar.

How do I drop or change my minor?

Students who wish to drop their minor must complete the online Dropping Minor form. Students who wish to change their minor or add a second minor must complete a new Declaration of Minor form following the instructions above.

 

Students must be on track in their major and in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to pursue a minor. Not all minors are open to all majors. See each specific minor for details. Students will be allowed to register for courses on a space-available basis, which is not guaranteed, but registering early will significantly increase the chances of getting into their required courses.

Transfer students who apply for and are approved to pursue a minor upon entering the College need to fulfill degree program requirements through an appropriate combination of transfer courses and courses completed at Otis. Transfer students must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0, upon entering the College to be eligible for pursuing a Minor.

Contact Interdisciplinary Studies (via email form)

The Interdisciplinary Studies office, Ahmanson 606, is open Monday and Friday, 10 am - 3 pm and Tuesday - Thursday, 10 am - 6 pm. Studio visits and advisement on courses, internships, graduate schools and careers are available for all current and prospective Interdisciplinary Studies students. Call (310) 846-2634 or contact the IS Program Assistant to schedule a meeting with the IS Director.

Michele Jaquis (IS/ACT Director; Community Arts Engagement, Sustainability, Teacher Credential Preparation)
Ricardo Estrada (Program Assistant)
Marisa Matarazzo (Creative Writing)
Rebecca Chamlee (Book Arts)
Michelle Andrade (Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres)
Kerri Steinberg (Art History)
Nancy Jo Haselbacher (Printmaking)
Michael Kollins (Product Design)
Tanya Rubbak (Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Printmaking)
Joan Takayama-Ogawa (Contemporary Clay)
Kathleen Milnes (Digital Media)
Linda Pollari (Interior Design, Landscape Design)

 

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