San Diego Core
San Diego's core curriculum will prepare you to be a life-long learner who has the necessary skills to navigate your future career and live a meaningful life.
San Diego Core: Beauty, Truth and Goodness
USD has a proud history as a liberal arts institution. Since our founding, we have educated students who find meaningful connections beyond the classroom and combine academic knowledge with inspiring interactions with the world around them. At USD, we educate the mind and spirit of our students. One of our founders, Mother Rosalie Hill, believed that, "There are three things that are significant in education: beauty, truth and goodness." And this belief has been reflected in the fabric of our university from 1949 until now.
Our core curriculum embodies this mantra in both the breadth of courses studied and its integrated nature.
The ability to see beyond a single subject or major empowers our students to find opportunities for innovation, identify points of synergy and affect positive, far-reaching change. To cultivate such inventive habits of mind and heart, our students complete our core curriculum. It was crafted to ensure that a USD student is a well-rounded student, who will succeed no matter where their professional and personal ambitions lead.
USD's Core Curriculum is both a nod to our founding mission and a promising look at the future.
Resources for Current Students
- Information for Current Students selecting 2017 Core
- Information for Current Students completing the Current (Pre 2017) Core
- Core Comparison
- College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office