Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors

USD's Humanities Center serves as a home for two Interdisciplinary majors and nine minors, each of which integrates across traditional academic disciplines. Students in these programs combine knowledge and methodologies from multiple disciplines to achieve a broader understanding of particular concepts and issues. Interdisciplinary minors may accompany any major offered at USD.

Interdisciplinary Majors

  • Interdisciplinary Humanities allows students to design a program of study that includes courses from a broad range of humanities departments.
  • Liberal Studies prepares individuals who want to become elementary school teachers.

Interdisciplinary Minors

  • Asian Studies helps students develop a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of Asia and its pivotal role in an increasingly globalized world.
  • Biomedical Ethics introduces students to ethical issues that arise in health care and health care research.
  • Changemaking provides students with a range of knowledge, perspectives, methodologies, and skills that will equip them well to make positive social change and to be engaged, active members of their communities. 
  • Classical Studies provides students with an opportunity to enrich their understanding both of the western tradition and of themselves by studying the history, cultures, religions, and languages of the Greco-Roman world.
  • Film Studies is geared for students who want to explore the depth and breadth of films across cultures and forms.
  • Latin American Studies helps students develop a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the historical, cultural, political, economic and social conditions that have shaped contemporary Latin America.
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides students with a solid grounding in the historical context for many of the major cultural and intellectual developments that contributed to the foundations of our modern global society.
  • Performing Arts Entrepreneurship introduces students to a variety of arts, both domestic and worldwide, and synthesizes business knowledge and experience that frame the arts into both a field of study and a potential career trajectory.
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics provides students with the intellectual tools necessary to understand big ideas about our most important social questions.
  • Women’s and Gender Studies takes as its focus the history, development, and consequences of culturally acquired sexual identities.