Renaissance Scholar Distinction
The Renaissance Scholar distinction is intended to recognize and celebrate USC undergraduates who have excelled academically while pursuing at least two widely separate fields of study.
In order to receive the Renaissance Scholar distinction, applicants must:
- declare a major and a minor (or two majors) in two widely disparate fields (graduate degree programs, including Progressive Degrees, are not eligible); eligibility of program combinations is determined through the certification process
- meet all university requirements for degree(s)
- graduate with a 3.5 overall GPA (with University Honors)
- graduate with a 3.5 GPA in each of major(s) and minor(s) for at least one certified combination of programs (lower division coursework is included in calculation)
- complete degree(s) within five years at USC
Renaissance Major GPA Calculation
GPA calculation factors in upper and lower division courses, which is different from “Upper Division Course Work Applied to Your Major” GPA section on a STARS report. Once certified, STARS will include a section indicating current Renaissance major GPA. The existing STARS section tracking minor requirements will accurately reflect the Renaissance minor GPA.
Eligible Academic Program Combinations
To be considered as “widely disparate,” programs should not overlap in disciplines, topics, themes, applications or methods. Review the Apply for Certification section for more details on how eligible program combinations are determined.
After submitting an application, students should closely review emails from Academic Honors and Fellowships for notifications regarding status of distinction, follow-up for prize nominations, and instructions for receiving a medallion at the beginning of May.
Prize winners must demonstrate evidence of enrollment in a graduate program (within or outside the U.S.); or submit a proposal for a creative project that advances their career. Prize funding must be utilized within 5 years of graduating from USC.
**A note for students with transfer coursework: AHF strongly recommends to check that transfer coursework has been applied appropriately to your degree requirements before submitting a Renaissance Scholar Certification Form. Coursework accepted in transfer can impact GPA eligibility.