Message from the Dean
Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences. We aim to create an environment where students thrive and gain a comprehensive education which spans the sciences, arts and social sciences.
About Dean Noelle Norton
- Appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2013
- USD faculty member since 1994 in the Department of Political Science and International Relations
- Served as co-director of the Living Learning Communities and director of the Honors Program
- PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
- BA, University of California, Los Angeles
As the liberal arts heart of the University of San Diego, the College of Arts and Sciences is filled with students who are versatile and multi-talented. No matter their major, graduates from the college are equipped with transferable skills that benefit them wherever their professional and personal ambitions lead.
Founded in 1949, the college has a rich history of providing the core curriculum for every undergraduate USD student, a tradition that continues today. By offering 28 majors, 35 minors and 4 graduate programs, the College of Arts and Sciences is where undergraduate students begin and graduate students refine their paths towards academic excellence and personal achievement.
Our faculty-student relationships are bolstered by small class sizes, a commitment to research and community service engagement. Students are active participants in their courses, and with our emphasis on study abroad opportunities and community service, students experience the world beyond USD.
On behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences, thank you for your interest in USD. We wish you well in your higher education pursuits. To gain additional insight into the college, campus life and specific disciplines, please explore the rest of our website or connect with us via social media.
Dean Noelle Norton
Our graduates are versatile and multi-talented. No matter their major, graduates from the college are equipped with transferable skills that benefit them wherever their ambitions lead.