Community

Honors Program students actively participate in the Insight Living Learning Community (LLC) on campus.

Community

Opportunities

Honors students have opportunities to interact closely with faculty. These range from study abroad experiences to research projects.

Opportunities

Service

Honors students volunteer in San Diego and beyond. Opportunities range from work in Tijuana orphanages to water quality projects in Uganda.

Service

Student Research

Honors students conduct scholarly research in their major. They submit a written thesis and present a public seminar. 

Student Research

Honors Program

The University of San Diego is committed to academic excellence, and the USD Honors Program is designed to provide smart, passionate and eager students with challenges and opportunities that will allow them to achieve their intellectual goals.

The Program emphasizes teaching excellence, small seminar-style classes and a core curriculum of innovative courses. Honors students have numerous opportunities for interaction with faculty, specialized course work, undergraduate research and focused academic advising.

Mission

The Honors Program is designed to provide smart, passionate and eager students with challenges and opportunities that will allow them to achieve their intellectual goals. The program emphasizes teaching excellence, small seminar-style classes, and a core curriculum of innovative courses. Honors students have numerous opportunities for interaction with faculty, specialized course work, undergraduate research and focused academic advising.

To learn more about the program, please check out our Honors Program Brochure.

Objectives

Introduced in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1979, the Honors Program was established to promote interdisciplinary learning and undergraduate research, strengthen the intellectual climate of the campus, and maintain the vision of the liberal arts as central to the college experience. USD faculty designed the program to fulfill the following specific objectives:

  • Challenge students to develop their talents to their fullest potential.
  • Approach traditional topics from new perspectives that cut across standard disciplinary boundaries in team-taught, interdisciplinary seminars.
  • Realize that scholarly work is not restrained or limited by the boundaries of disciplines or areas of study.
  • Work closely with faculty in small classes that promote engagement and original thought.
  • Interact with faculty informally through co-curricular activities that encourage camaraderie.
  • Expand students' scope of experience through excursions beyond the classroom.
  • Engage in creative and sustained independent work in students' majors through original research projects that constitute the basis for the senior thesis seminar.
  • Present the results of student research to peers in the senior thesis seminar and at Creative Collaborations, the undergraduate research conference.
  • Exercise the ability to change or modify the Program through student representation on the Honors Program Committee and the Honors Student Board.
  • Explore career opportunities with the assistance of the Honors Program Director and the Director of Career Services.
  • Prepare to transition to graduate and professional educational programs with a skill set that includes superior written and oral expression, interdisciplinary understanding, and original thought.