Liberal Arts Tradition

​Changemaking and Catholic intellectual tradition intertwine with USD’s liberal arts education to provide a framework for intellectual, cultural and spiritual exploration.

USD's Core Curriculum teaches students how to:

  • Think imaginatively and innovatively
  • Speak and write effectively
  • Appreciate a diverse range of cultural and artistic traditions
  • Become ethical, effective and engaged global citizens

Small classes, personalized advising and undergraduate research are incorporated into the greater academic structure, while projects take learning outside the classroom and prepare students for creating change in their local and global communities.

Acquiring the skills to become a lifelong learner is at the center of a liberal arts education. Such habits of mind often translate into a wide variety of rewarding careers and can lead to a balanced, engaged and fulfilling lifestyle.

Our curriculum is grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition, which means that our students have a unique advantage over those from most other universities. An education in this environment is an investment in the development of the whole person—intellectually, spiritually, creatively and socially.

Ultimately, the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual traditions at USD provide students with a character-building education that fosters humility, honesty and relentless intellectual curiosity.

See how a liberal arts education translates into professional success, visit our Career Outcomes website.

Contact Information

Undergraduate Admissions
Serra Hall 201
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (800) 248-4873 or (619) 260-4506
Fax: (619) 260-6836

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.