Advising for USC Students

Welcome to AUP and your first year of university in Paris! You have a unique opportunity to create an exciting personal and intellectual experience during your time at AUP. We strongly encourage you to take your semester or year at AUP as one of exploration. Explore both your personal and academic interests! Explore what AUP has to offer, explore France and Europe! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Make the most of it! 

 

HOW WILL I REGISTER FOR FALL CLASSES? 

 

  1. Carefully read through the advising information below to understand how you should make your course selection. 
  2. Fill out the Course Registration Worksheet (link below). You need to fill out the entire worksheet before you can meet with an academic advisor for registration. 
  3. Click the acknowledgement button below to be able to move onto the next step on your checklist which will contain a link for you to book an appointment with an academic advisor once the appointment booking period opens. 
  4. On the form you need to submit to book an appointment, you will need to upload your fully completed Course Registration Worksheet. If you do not upload the worksheet or if the worksheet is not entirely completed, your appointment will be cancelled, and you will need to rebook a new appointment. 
  5. During your appointment, you will discuss the course selection you have made on your registration worksheet with an academic advisor who will then register your fall courses. 
  6. After your registration appointment, you will not be allowed to adjust your schedule until Orientation week. This is a uniform rule for all AUP students outside of their registration windows. Your registration window will be during your individual appointment with an academic advisor. 
  7. The appointments will span from June 7th, 2021 – June 25th, 2021. You will be able to start booking appointments starting May 27th, 2021. 

 

ADVISING MATERIALS 

For both Trojan Transfer plan and Spring Admit students, please find below the links to the Pre-Approved Course List in addition to the course registration worksheet and the Transferring to USC brochure: 

  1. Fall 2021 Pre-Approved Course List for USC Spring Admit and Trojan Transfer Students 
  2. Course Registration Worksheet 
  3. 2021 Transferring to USC brochure 

 

USC SPRING ADMITS – COURSE SELECTION 

You are not required to take specific courses for your program—however, there are academic expectations.  

You should register for 16 credits this fall at AUP. However, keep in mind that a full-time credit load at AUP is between 12 and 18 credits and most courses at AUP are worth 4 credits. It is recommended that you consider the following course plan when selecting your courses from the USC Pre-Approved Course List: 

  • Course 1 (4 credits):  Course earning USC GE credit from categories A through G.*  
  • Course 2 (4 credits):  Course earning USC GE credit from categories A through G.*  
  • Course 3 (4 credits):  EN 2020 – Writing & Criticism (you must have a placement into this level)** 
  • Course 4 (4 credits):  Course of your choice (MA 1030 – Calculus I for Marshall students; refer to the Transferring to USC brochure to see if USC lists any recommended courses for your intended major). 

*If you have Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam credit or have already taken college courses that can earn you GE credit at USC, avoid taking courses in categories that may already be fulfilled with your AP or IB credit or college credit. 

**Transfer students and students who will begin at USC in the spring must complete at least two Core Literacy classes (in Categories GE-A through GE-F) at USC in Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. 

***EN 2020 is NOT required for Spring Admit students. However, we recommend you take this course at AUP if you wish to fulfill USC’s lower-division writing requirement prior to transferring. 

NOTE: You may consider taking a French language course at AUP. Taking French at AUP is greatly beneficial to you as a first year abroad student. A student that has taken a French course at AUP will be more integrated into their surroundings.  

 

TROJAN TRANSFER plan STUDENTS – COURSE SELECTION 

You will enroll in four 4-credit courses every semester during your stay at The American University of Paris. USC endorses the AUP courses you will be offered, so you are assured that your AUP credits will transfer and fulfill equivalent coursework in the USC Core Curriculum. Your AUP advisor will help ensure that you take the right distribution of courses. 

You can identify the right distribution of courses in three easy steps: 

 

1:  COURSES I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO TAKE AT AUP 


Trojan Transfer plan students must complete the following coursework at AUP: 

  • EN 2020 – Writing & Criticism. EN 2020 is the equivalent of USC Lower Division writing requirement, WRIT 150. 
  • At least two courses should earn students credit in USC General Education (GE) categories (A through G) that they have not yet fulfilled with previous coursework or advanced standing credit from high school (AP/IB exam credit). Refer to the Transferring to USC brochure for more information on USC’s GE program. 
  • If you did not earn a final grade of “C” in both semesters of your high school Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II classes (USC’s Minimum Math Requirement), you are required to take a math class (MA 1020 – Applied Statistics I or MA 1025 – Precalculus) here at AUP. 
  • Applicants to the Marshall School of Business need to complete MA 1030 - Calculus I at AUP. 
  • Applicants pursuing science and architecture programs at USC may be required to take other specific mathematics courses. Lower-division mathematic courses, when required by the major, are to be completed in the early semesters of undergraduate study, so make sure to check the Transferring to USC brochure to see if USC recommends or requires that you take certain math course prior to transferring. For example, students applying to the Viterbi School need to take Calculus II and Calculus III at AUP to be eligible for transfer. 

 

2:  RECOMMENDED COURSES I AM ENCOURAGED TO TAKE TO COMPLEMENT MY REQUIRED COURSES 

You may consider taking a French language course at AUP. The benefits of taking French at AUP is greatly beneficial to you as a first year abroad student. A student that has taken a French course at AUP will be more integrated into their surroundings.  

  • Does your intended school or program at USC have a foreign language requirement for graduation? Take a foreign language at AUP! 

Many majors also require a third semester Foreign Language (listed in the Transferring to USC brochure). You can start taking Foreign Language courses at AUP. 

You are likely to begin your academic life as an ‘undecided’ major – most students do, but you may have already decided on a specific major. If that is the case, you will need to pay particular attention to the specific recommendations or requirements of the school housing the major of your choice. For example, the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences outlines per major the courses the college recommends transfer students take prior to coming to USC.   
  
If you already have a target program in mind, you may want to fulfill some of the program requirements at AUP. In addition to core requirements, the curricula of many undergraduate majors contain lower division introductory coursework which you can already start completing. 

  • Have an intended major at USC in mind? Take courses for your major that USC recommends you take prior to transfer in the Transferring to USC brochure.

Please have a look at the Transferring to USC brochure for courses specific to each major.

Important

  • Applicants to the Marshall School of Business:  all upper division business core courses and major electives must be taken at USC. Financial and Managerial Accounting courses at AUP (BA 2001 and BA 2002) are not guaranteed to transfer to USC as such, so it is best to not take any business discipline courses (courses coded BA) at AUP. 
  • Applicants to the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism:  Communication majors should NOT take communication courses that are required for their major at AUP as all communication courses taken at a university other than USC will not count toward the Communications major at USC. In addition, it is not recommended that Journalism and Public Relations majors take courses for their majors at AUP. 

 

3:  STILL HAVE ROOM IN YOUR SCHEDULE? TAKE A COURSE THAT IS UNIQUE AND INTERESTS YOU! AN OPEN ELECTIVE PERHAPS? 

Depending on how far along you have come in completing USC GE categories and whether or not the Transferring to USC brochures lists any recommended courses you could take for your intended major/program at USC, some students may have space in their schedule (typically the last course needed to reach 16 credits) to add a course that does not earn USC GE credit nor is a required course for transfer to USC nor is a course recommended for their major. Courses that fit this description are what we refer to as open elective courses. 

Keep in mind that open elective is not a synonym for “easy”. An Intro to Drawing course for a Business major may indeed be an open elective, but keep in mind that this same course is most likely a required course for a student who is a Fine Arts major. 

Thus, courses listed on the USC Pre-Approved Course List that are only eligible to earn you open elective credit at USC can be just as challenging (or more) than a required course for your major or a course earning GE credit at USC. 

As a first-year student, if you have room in your schedule, we strongly encourage you to explore and take advantage of courses that may only count as an open elective for your situation, especially if you are really interested in the course’s content! 

 

YOUR FIRST SEMESTER SCHEDULE 

Your ideal schedule will consist of four 4-credit courses that fulfill USC’s writing requirement, USC’s general education requirements, electives that interest you and/or courses allowing you to make progress towards your targeted major.  This is what it is most likely to look like: 

  • Course 1 (4 credits):  Course earning USC GE credit from categories A through G.*  
  • Course 2 (4 credits):  Course earning USC GE credit from categories A through G.*  
  • Course 3 (4 credits):  Academic English writing course:  if your English placement is into EN 2020, you need to take EN 2020 – Writing & Criticism; if your placement is into EN 1010, you need to take EN 1010 – College Writing (you will take EN 2020 in the spring semester). 
  • Course 4 (4 credits):  Course of your choice (FR 1100, MA 1030 – Calculus I for Marshall students; refer to the Transferring to USC brochure to see if USC lists any recommended courses for your intended major). 

*If you have Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam credit or have already taken college courses that can earn you GE credit at USC, avoid taking courses in categories that may already be fulfilled with your AP or IB credit or college credit. 

**Transfer students and students who will begin at USC in the spring must complete at least two Core Literacy classes (in Categories GE-A through GE-F) at USC in Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. 

If you are trying to register for a course for which you think you have satisfied the prerequisite (via university or community college courses you have already taken, AP exam scores, IB exam scores), make sure to upload your transcripts, either official or unofficial, and/or AP or IB score reports to your appointment booking. The academic advisor you will be meeting for registration will need to evaluate your transcripts and/or score reports to see if the prerequisite can be waived.