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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Declaring a Minor

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.

Application Process:
Students should complete their Declaration of Minor form during registration 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 below or in the Interdisciplinary Studies office. The student's Major Department Chair, the Chair/Director/Coordinator of the Minor, and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies must approve the application.

  • Download Declaration of Minor form (PDF)
  • Complete top portion of form in conversation with Advisor or Interdisciplinary Studies Director.
  • Obtain GPA verification from Registration Office.
  • Obtain signed approvals from department chairs/directors of major and minor/IC and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Office distributes copies to major/minor departments, LAS, Registration and student.


Eligibility and Enrollment Requirements
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.
 

For more info: Contact Interdisciplinary Studies

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)
Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum (Creative Writing)
Rebecca Chamlee (Book Arts)
Chris Chung (Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres)
Parme Guintini (Art History)
Heather Joseph-Witham (Cultural Studies)
Michael Kollins (Product Design)
Barbara Maloutas (Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Illustration)
Kathleen Milnes (Digital Media)
Linda Pollari (Interior Design, Landscape Design)