University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Redesigning Lives Globally
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Minor in Occupational Science

Dating, working, exercising, socializing—these and thousands of other activities define our lives. As humans, we have a unique drive to remain “occupied” during our waking hours. Studies show that we are most fulfilled and healthy when involved in activities that have purpose and importance.

As a student in the Occupational Science Minor Program, you will join the world’s newest social science in studying the nature, function, and meaning of human activities (occupations). You will:

  • Gain new insights into what it means to be human
  • Learn ways to enhance health and wellness through occupation
  • Develop leading edge skills that will better prepare you for a career in your chosen field

Explore how a minor in OS could support your personal and professional goals by contacting Liz Carley, Director of Admissions, at (323) 442-2822 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Why Minor in Occupational Science?

A minor in Occupational Science:

  • Offers practical strategies for designing a healthy and satisfying personal lifestyle
  • Provides cutting edge knowledge on the key elements of healthy living, such as productive social, physical, and creative activities, healthy eating patterns, social support, and exercise
  • Prepares you for careers in community service, health care, education, medicine, psychology and social work
  • Positions you to apply to a master’s or doctoral program in Occupational Therapy or to a Ph.D. program in Occupational Science

Enhancing Your Major with an OS Minor

A minor in Occupational Science will uniquely compliment and enhance your major. For example, if your major is:

  • Anthropology, Sociology or Psychology
    You will explore what it means to be human and how personal identities, cultures and communities are constructed through occupations.
  • Theater, Music or Fine Arts
    You will gain insights into human motivation and self-expression.
  • Engineering or Architecture
    You will learn how to enhance optimal functioning of individuals and communities in personal and public spaces.
  • Gerontology or other Health Sciences
    You will examine how occupations can promote health or facilitate recovery from illness and disability.
  • English or Communication
    You will discover how personal narrative and stories guide the choices we make in carrying out our occupations and creating our daily lives.

How to Declare a Minor in Occupational Science

Students wishing to declare a minor in Occupational Science need to contact Liz Carley to schedule an advising appointment.

Liz Carley
Director of Admissions
Phone: (323) 442-2822
Fax: (323) 442-1540
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Catherine Crowley
Director of the Minor in Occupational Science Program
Phone: (323) 442-2850
Fax: (323) 442-1540
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California
1540 Alcazar Street, CHP-133
Los Angeles CA 90089-9003