Advisement & Registration

ITP classes are open to all students, and our introductory classes do not require a background in technology or engineering. No matter what your major is, you can learn how to use the latest tools, programming languages, and applications. You’ll also gain critical insight into technology’s increasing impact on our world.

You can:

  • declare a minor,
  • declare a specialization, or
  • enroll in a wide range of electives.

ITP also coordinates with departments at the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences to offer majors in Data Science (BA) and Intelligence and Cyber Operations (BA).

Please see below for registration information and advisement resources.




Most of our classes are open to all students. You do not need a background in technology or engineering in order to enroll in our introductory classes.

Additionally, you do not need to declare a minor or specialization in order to take ITP classes. However, if you are considering adding a minor or specialization after taking an ITP class, be sure to complete the class on a letter-graded basis.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, an exception has been made to this rule for the Spring 2020 semester.


Most ITP classes do not require departmental clearance (“d-clearance”) in order to register during the normal registration period, with the exception of ITP-470 and ITP-480.

After the first week of classes each semester, you will need the instructor’s permission to add any ITP class.

Instructions to get d-clearance >

Prerequisite waivers

Most ITP classes do not require departmental clearance (“d-clearance”) in order to register during the normal registration period.

We advise students to complete all required prerequisites. Some students have already completed preparatory course work in CSCI, EE, or ISE or have worked on their own programming projects. In these cases, skipping a prerequisite and registering for a higher-level course may benefit the student.

After you complete a course, you cannot go backward and complete its prerequisite in a later semester for credit.

See list of pre-approved waivers >


We do not keep a formal waitlist for ITP classes. However, we do track student interest in classes so that we can notify students if additional class sections are added. We can also provide guidance in finding another class that meets your minor requirements, if possible. Please email our academic advisers at to let us know if a class you are interested in adding is full.


We advise students to complete all courses as required per the program’s curriculum. Substitutions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are only granted based on the course’s academic relation to the minor. Substitutions are reviewed by faculty and are subject to limitations.

ITP-470 Directed Project

In ITP-470, students pursue individual practical or exploratory projects in information technology under the guidance of faculty.

Registration guidelines and steps >

ITP-480 Internship

In ITP-480, students earn academic credit while completing an internship in technology.

Registration guidelines and steps >


Individual appointments

Appointments are available for students currently pursuing or interested in minors or specializations in ITP.

While scheduling an appointment, please choose the appropriate academic advisor based on your last name:

Walk-in advisement

Please see below for the current Walk-In Advisement schedule for the Spring 2022 registration period. For walk-in's, students are not restricted to specific advisors and may join any available advisement session:

  • Eric Perez (RRB201 or Join via Zoom) - 1/18/2022-1/28/2022
    Tuesdays, 9:00-12pm & 2:00-4:00pm (Zoom only)
    Wednesdays, 11:00am-2:00pm (Zoom only)
    Fridays, 10:00am-2:30pm (Zoom only)
Contact information

ITP minors, specializations, or elective courses:

Data Science (Bachelor of Arts):

Intelligence and Cyber Operations (Bachelor of Arts):

Minors & Specializations


To declare a minor, you must:

  • be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at USC,
  • have a declared major, and
  • be in good academic standing.

To declare a specialization, you must:

  • be a currently enrolled student at USC,
  • have a declared major, and
  • be in good academic standing.

Admission to each minor and specialization is on a rolling basis. You should start taking the classes for your minor or specialization by your junior year. Most minors at ITP require 4 semesters to complete, although sometimes you may be able to complete a minor in 3 semesters.

You may choose to officially add the minor or specialization to your student record before you take any classes or after you have completed the introductory class. You must officially declare the minor or specialization before you graduate.

Apply online >

Curriculum updates

ITP updated many of its minor programs and courses in Fall 2019. Students who started their minor course work prior to Fall 2019 may follow a transitional course plan. Information about the curriculum updates and transitional course plans is available online.

Curriculum updates >

The following rules apply to all programs:

#1. Unique Units

All minors at USC require 16 units of course work that count only for the minor and not for any other major, minor, or GE requirement. For minors that require 18 units, a maximum of 2 units may be shared with another major, minor, or GE requirement.

#2. Letter-graded classes

All classes completed for minor or specialization credit must be completed for a letter grade.

#3. Minimum GPA

You must earn a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA in the minor or specialization course work.

Published on June 6th, 2017

Last updated on January 18th, 2022