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The Academy for Polymathic Study is an intellectual space where students and eminent faculty, through conversation, learn to integrate multiple fields of learning. Located in its own quarters on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study offers a series of conversational encounters intended to intensify polymathic (integrated interdisciplinary) awareness. These discussions are anchored in and structured by the Quadrants of Polymathic Inquiry: critical and integrative thinking, study of the great polymaths, tapestry, and communication.
An Academy Fellow is awarded to a student who successfully completes ten meetings over the course of their academic tenure at USC. They become eligible for an Academy Certificate provided that their participation in these ten encounters is intelligent, vigorous, and sustained, as judged by faculty participants.