Mission Statement and Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

The University of San Diego is committed to academic excellence, and 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!

Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking and Written Communication: Students produce a clearly written, discipline-specific thesis that analyzes a complex problem or addresses a significant research question with insight and imagination.
  • Information Literacy: Students produce an original and thoroughly researched thesis that utilizes evidence in a convincing manner; synthesizes primary and secondary sources; and cites references appropriately.
  • Oral Communication: Students deliver an oral presentation on their thesis project that is well organized, effectively delivered, knowledgeable, and appropriate for a multi-disciplinary audience. 
  • Interdisciplinary Learning: Students independently create whole arguments out of multiple parts (synthesize) or draw conclusions by combining examples, facts, or theories from more than one field of study or disciplinary perspective.