The Los Angeles course is in development and is scheduled to launch in academic year 2019 / 2020.

The class will offer students a unique opportunity to dive deep into USC’s vibrant and extraordinary home city.

It will be an immersive class - meaning that we’ll travel beyond the classroom. Every Saturday for 10 weeks, we’ll meet for a seminar in the morning, and then, in the afternoon, we’ll head out in a minivan and ‘bookpack’ a different facet of Los Angeles.

Over the semester, we’ll read a variety of classic and contemporary L.A. novels - from Raymond Chandler to Joan Didion - and we’ll explore these fictional worlds both conceptually and on the ground. We’ll walk the same streets as the characters in the stories, we’ll dig into context and history - and we’ll reflect on the intersection between literary landscapes, and the contemporary culture of L.A..