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Academic Divisions

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the historic core of the University and, with 31 majors, four Masters’ degree programs, 230 full-time faculty lines, 20 full-time Instructional Professors, five Professors of Practice, and approximately 200 adjunct faculty, the College is the largest unit on campus. Bringing together the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences, the College develops collaborations among disciplines through degree programs, course offerings, centers, and institutes. In the tradition of any great liberal arts college, the faculty pride themselves on their teaching excellence, research productivity, and student interactions.  The quality of College faculty is reflected in the numbers of national and international recognitions received: Amy Clampitt Poet in Residence Award (2016); Experience Project Award (Philosophy, 2016); O. Henry Prize for Short Fiction (2014); Carnegie Foundation Teacher of the Year (2014 California): Guggenheim Fellowship (2015): MacArthur Award (2015): Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (2015); National Communications Association Teacher of the Year (2014); several Fulbright Awards (2014-2016), and three top-in-the-field book awards (2015 for History and Political Science). Student excellence is similarly reflected in the number of national awards received by College students and 19 student honors societies including Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board.  The strength of the College ranges from its collaborative educational spirit to its individual programs such as the Old Globe Shiley Masters in Fine Arts (ranked 7th in the world and 5th in the nation), to a myriad of National Science Foundation and other external research grants ($3.66 million, 2015-16). All USD undergraduates will enroll in the new Core Curriculum beginning Fall 2017 with full administrative support from the college, who partners with Student Affairs in the Living Learning Communities (LLC) and oversees the Transfer Learning Communities (TLC) program for all transfer students. The new core curriculum exemplifies the intellectual vitality and focuses on integrated learning across the four undergraduate years of a liberal arts education at USD.

School of Business

The School of Business (SB) was founded in 1972 when the University of San Diego was formed from the merger of the College for Women and College for Men.  The School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and has the further distinction of being AACSB accredited in the discipline of Accounting.  SBA currently has 88 full-time faculty.  At the undergraduate level, 1,501 USD students were declared as business majors at the start of the Fall 2016 semester. Majors offered include Accountancy, Business Administration, Business Economics, Economics, Finance, International Business, Marketing, and Real Estate.  The School also serves 397 graduate students in two MBA programs (Full-Time and Professional) and seven specialized Master’s degree programs (Accountancy, Executive Leadership,  Finance, Global Leadership, Real Estate, Supply Chain Management, and Taxation).  The School of Business has been ranked among the top 50 undergraduate programs by Bloomberg Businessweek every year since 2007.  At the graduate level, the Professional MBA program is currently ranked as the 13th best part-time MBA program in the country by Bloomberg  Businessweek, the Full-Time MBA is ranked 28th in the U.S. and 59th globally by the Financial Times, and the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program is ranked 9th best online graduate business degree programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering (SMSE) was recently ranked 13th among non-doctoral engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report.  There has been steady growth in engineering enrollment over the past five years.  In Fall 2016, more than 600 students are enrolled in engineering classes and more than 470 students have declared a major in the school.  SMSE currently has 24 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and three professors of practice.  The 2013-2014 academic year was the inaugural year for the school (previously, it had departmental status).  In Fall 2012, philanthropist and USD Trustee Darlene Marcos Shiley contributed $20 Million to create SMSE and to provide upgraded classroom and research space, along with more student scholarships.  The unit offers a unique Bachelor of Sciences/Bachelor of Arts dual degree.  The curriculum emphasizes preparation for work in industry and the development of professionalism and values.  USD engineering students are trained to be innovators by participating in real-world engineering projects in such fields as alternative energy and health care technology.  Current undergraduate degree programs include Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, General Engineering, Industrial and System Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.  The school also houses a graduate degree program in Cyber Security.  

School of Law

Founded in 1954, USD School of Law is one of only 84 schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  In the most recent edition of U.S. News & World Report, the law school was ranked 74th in nationally ranked ABA accredited law schools.  The law school’s tenure and tenure-track faculty of over 40 FTEs has a reputation for outstanding scholarship, ranking 24th nationally and 6th on the West Coast in all-time law faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) and 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact.  While the regular faculty teach most of the program’s core curriculum, the law school’s faculty also includes leading practitioners who teach more specialized or practice-oriented courses as adjunct professors or professors-in-residence.  The law school has ten faculty-led research centers (four focused on public interest, three on academic research, two on business practice and policy issues, and one on health law policy and bioethics).  The Juris Doctor program and several graduate programs are nationally ranked.  In 2015-2016, the student-faculty ratio was 11 to 1.  The law school currently enrolls approximately 781 JD and graduate students, which is down from approximately 831 students in 2015. The law school’s broad curriculum includes concentrations in ten different areas of private and public law, ten client services legal clinics and extensive advocacy and externship programs.  Long a leader in global legal education, USD law school has two summer study abroad programs and has recently expanded its semester exchange programs to include eight leading international law schools.  In 2012, the law school established the Washington DC Spring Semester Externship Program.  The law school offers five graduate programs for law school graduates and practicing attorneys, including an LLM in Comparative Law for foreign attorneys and a highly-ranked LLM in Taxation, as well as a Masters (MS) in Legal Studies for non-attorney professionals.

School of Leadership and Education Sciences

The School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), is the second oldest academic unit at the University of San Diego.  Founded as an academic department of Education within the College for Women in 1962 and established as a School of Education in 1972, SOLES has greatly broadened its academic programs as well as capacity for enrollment over the past forty-plus years.  The School granted the university’s first graduate degree, a Master’s of Education, and established the nation’s first doctoral program in Leadership Studies in 1979.  In 2016, SOLES was ranked within the top 100 Graduate Schools of Education in the United States.  Over 900 students are served within three academic departments that offer certificate, credential, masters and doctoral degree programs with multiple specializations.  Both the Naval and Army ROTC programs are housed within SOLES, as well as 10 academic centers and institutes.  Through the centers and departments, academic expertise is offered across the disciplinary spectrum to produce research and programming of contemporary social relevance.  Using evidence-based practices, SOLES is uniquely positioned to contribute to the dialogue surrounding the challenges of educating our citizenry for the workplace of the 21st century, meeting the leadership and management needs of the nonprofit and public sectors, addressing the social-emotional needs of our community through clinical work, and addressing teaching and learning issues locally, nationally and globally.

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science and the Beyster Institute for Nursing Research

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science is a premier graduate school that consistently ranks in the top ten percent of graduate nursing programs. Currently, The School is ranked as the #1 Catholic school of nursing in the nation. The School houses the Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation, the first institute of its kind in the United States. Faculty maintain vigorous programs of research and scholarship, are nationally certified for clinical advanced practice nursing, teach advanced clinical courses, and provide personalized teaching and mentoring to 500 FTE PhD, doctorate in nursing practice (DNP), and Master’s students with a record 99 percent on-time program completion rate. The unique Simulation and Standardized Patient Nursing Laboratory provides expert clinical training using cutting-edge technology. Students join faculty on international clinical research missions to areas around the globe such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Asia.  

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies was founded in 2007 as the first stand-alone school of peace and justice in the United States to promote a multifaceted approach to peacebuilding and social justice, integrating theory and practice in the classroom as well as in communities worldwide. The school, which already attracts students from over 40 countries to its Master's in Peace and Justice program, has recently launched a Master's in Social Innovation for students who want to design, implement and manage innovations for social change in a wide range of organizations. Its minor in peacebuilding and social innovation program draws undergraduate students who are looking for the skills needed to create significant change in the world. In addition to its academic programs, the Kroc School includes three institutes: the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, the Trans-Border Institute and the Center for Peace and Commerce-in partnership with the School of Business- which offer ample opportunities for students, faculty and staff to gain first-hand experience in the practice of Changemaking. 

Division of Professional and Continuing Education

The University of San Diego's Division of Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) offers a robust portfolio of courses and programs needed by aspiring professionals that evolves in response to their professional development needs in the fields of business, education, law enforcement, cyber security, and health care. PCE nurtures key partnerships on the local, national and international level to better serve working professionals who seek to enhance or build their careers and achieve their highest value and potential.  Professional and Continuing Education at the University of San Diego (USD) began more than four decades ago when university leaders recognized the need to extend the mission of the University into the community and provide quality academic experiences for those who could not participate in traditional full-time programs at USD. In recent years, USD’s Professional and Continuing Education has taken significant steps to expand the range of academic offerings available, including offering a number of online master’s degrees of its own and in partnership with the online education efforts of USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, and the Hahn School of Nursing. PCE also offers a wide array of certificates, courses, and academic events that provide unique opportunities as professional outreach to our city, state, national and international communities. 

The Helen K. and James S. Copley Library

Serving the entire USD community, Copley Library is a busy campus hub that provides students with access to a wide variety of information sources. The library is both a knowledge center as well as a place where students can find areas designated for quiet study and for active group study sessions. The library is open over 100 hours per week, providing access to physical and digital collections, computer workstations, study rooms, and research services. Library faculty with subject specialties offers extensive reference, research, and instructional services, including course-integrated instruction sessions, individual consultations, online subject guides and workshops. Copley Library’s collections include more than 500,000 books, approximately 6,000 media items, over 2,500 print journals. The library also provides online access to over 180 databases, 70,000 e-journals, and 130,000 e-books.  Copley Library supports university scholarship by creating accessible and sustainable digital collections through its institutional repository, Digital@USanDiego. This digital repository provides a platform to host university publications such as peer-reviewed journals, student publications, publications of institutes and centers on campus, and digitized material from the library’s Special Collections. Copley Library is a member of the San Diego Circuit Consortium, which links local university and public libraries in the region. Through this consortium, USD students and faculty can also borrow books held by member libraries.  In addition, the library’s interlibrary loan and document delivery services provide access to material not available through the San Diego Circuit.  

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