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The University of San Diego offers an impressive number of short-term programs during intersession (between fall and spring semesters in the month of January). These programs are offered in various international locations and are all taught by USD faculty members. Program locations and courses change periodically.

The tuition cost for these programs is subsidized by the university and financial aid, USD International Center scholarships as well as outside scholarships are available. The program cost ranges from $4,200-$4,925 and is very comprehensive, including the following: three units of USD tuition, housing, excursions, class related visits, medical insurance, and some group meals. Please note some additional fees may apply based on the course and optional excursions are not included in the program cost. For complete information on the program details, please click on the program link to be directed to the program-specific brochure page.

Intersession 2016

Program dates, cost information and additional details are forthcoming. All courses are 3 units, unless otherwise indicated.

Program Course(s) Offered Professor Program Cost

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Business Program

BUSN 339/ECON 339: Latin American Business Environment

Dr. Denise Dimon


Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spanish Program

SPAN 201: Third Semester Spanish Dr. Alejandro Meter TBA

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

ARAB 294: Arabic Literature in Translation

Prof. Randa Jad-Moussa


Euro Tour

POLS 494/593: European Politics and the Islamic World

Dr. Randy Willoughby


Hong Kong, China

COMM 475W: Intercultural Communication

ECON 333: International Economics

Dr. Leeva Chung

Dr. Alan Gin


London, England

ENGL 280/420/420W: Shakespeare in London

PSYC 355: Abnormal Psychology

ISYE 220: Engineering Economics

Dr. Maura Giles-Watson

Dr. Michael Ichiyama

Dr. Bradley Chase


Sundance Film Festival, Utah

*NOTE: USD Spring semester begins on January 25th and this program will overlap with the first week of classes. Please plan accordingly.

COMM 433: American Independent Cinema
*Note: course can be taken for honors credit
Dr. Roger Pace

Dr. Eric Pierson

Course Descriptions For Intersession 2016


BUSN/ECON 339: Latin American Business Environment
Professor: Dr. Denise Dimon
Fulfills: BUSN 494 fulfills an elective for the Business Administration and International Business majors and minors; ECON 494 fulfills an elective for the Economics and Business Economics Majors and Minors.
Pre-requisite(s): ECON 102

This course is designed to prepare international managers to work effectively in a Latin American business environment through providing an understanding of the issues, opportunities, and complexities associated with doing business in the region.  The focus is on the cultural, historical, economic, social, political and business environments in Latin America and on the activities of companies operating in Latin America, both foreign and domestic.  Successful Latin American companies competing internationally will also be an aspect of the course.  The course will incorporate guest speakers, company visits, and a short project for a local enterprise that will give the participants an opportunity to put their learning into practice. 


SPAN 201: Third Semester Spanish 
Professor: Dr. Alejandro Meter
SPAN 102 or 103, or equivalent, or placement exam

This intensive three-week language and culture immersion course. This final course of the core language sequence completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with continuing emphasis on communicative proficiency. At this level students are encouraged to participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the Spanish speaking community.


ARAB 294: Arabic Literature in Translation
Professor: Prof. Randa Jad-Moussa
Fulfills: Core Curriculum literature requirement

This course (taught in English) focuses on the contemporary cultures and societies of the Arab world. Its objective is to develop an understanding of the political, social, and religious realities of the modern Arab world through literature. The class will provide an overview of the role that modernization and globalization play in shaping these realities. A selection of contemporary Arabic literature will be read in English translation, including poetry, short stories, novels, and plays. Current socio-cultural change in the Arab world will be highlighted with an emphasis on topics such as tradition, gender relations, and cultural pluralism. Cultural nuances are introduced and learned through interaction with a variety of multi-media material of videos, podcasts, reading material and still photos. 


POLS 494/594: European Politics and the Islamic World
Professor: Dr. Randy Willoughby
Fulfills: Coming soon

This course features an academic, governmental and cultural tour of key cities in Europe and will involve a series of briefings from leading European academic, military, literary, and political personalities and experts on the European relationship with the Islamic World. Students have the opportunity to actively engage in dialogue with individuals managing the complex relationships of European and international politics


COMM 475W: Intercultural Communication
Professor: Dr. Leeva Chung
Fulfills: Coming soon
Pre-requisite(s): None

Practicing intercultural communication flexibility is especially critical in today’s global world. Flexible intercultural communication means managing cultural differences adaptively and creatively in a wide variety of situations. The underlying values of a culture often shape communication expectations and attitudes.  In this 3-week course, you will explore how culture frames our  values identity, verbal and nonverbal communication styles, ingroup-outgroup boundary formation, attribution biases, intergroup conflicts, and culture shock through interactive exercises and experiential activities in Hong Kong.

ECON 333: International Economics
Professor: Dr. Alan Gin
Fulfills: Coming soon
Pre-requisite(s): ECON 102 and 60 units

The theory, practice, and institutions of the international economy. Topics include international trade and investment, balance of payments, foreign exchange rate determination, multinational enterprises, trade with developing countries, and international economic policy. Special emphasis will be given to applying the topics to the Asia-Pacific region.  


ENGL 280/420/420W: Shakespeare in London
Professor: Dr. Maura Giles-Watson
Fulfills: Core Curriculum literature requirement; Will fulfill writing Core Curriculum requirement if taken as ENGL 480W
Pre-requisite(s): No pre-requisite for ENGL 280; ENGL 280 is pre-requisite for ENGL 480/480W 

There is no better place to study Shakespeare than on the banks of the Thames, the alleys of Eastcheap, and amidst the architecture and vistas that he knew. Although Shakespeare’s texts provide us with some of our richest literary experiences, the playwright hardly thought about publication. The theater was a living, money-making scheme, shaped by its location in the slums, by immediate political situations, and by the actors and patrons who entered the gates of the playhouse. This course will teach Shakespeare as one of history’s great artists – whose greatness was forged within the contingencies and pressures of the real world. Much of that world is still there to be studied and experienced.

PSYC 355: Abnormal Psychology
Professor: Dr. Michael Ichiyama
Fulfills: Upper-division requirement for Psychology major (clinical line) and upper-division elective for Behavioral Neuroscience major
Pre-requisite(s): PSYC 101

The purpose of this course is to help you gain a foundational understanding of the very large area in psychology concerned with abnormal, or deviant, behavior. The contemporary literature on the etiology, prevalence, classification, and treatment considerations relating to abnormal behavior and mental disorders is reviewed. This course assumes an integrated bio-psycho-social perspective and focuses on adult psychopathology. Emphases will be placed on: (a) clarifying common misconceptions and stereotypes regarding abnormality and “mental illness”; (b) gaining awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of current diagnostic models for classifying mental disorders; (c) understanding the interactive roles of theory and research in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior; and (d) examining abnormal behavior within the context of human diversity, particularly regarding issues related to gender and culture. The Study Abroad course will integrate guest lectures and field trips to sites in London of both historical and contemporary relevance to mental illness and its treatment.  

ISYE 220: Engineering Economics
Professor: Dr. Bradley Chase
Fulfills: Requirement for Industrial and Systems Engineering majors; open to all engineering and non-engineering majors  
Pre-requisite(s): MATH 150

Engineering Economics is a field that applies principles from the field of finance to the analysis, comparison and selection of engineering projects.  Engineers can design elegant solutions to technical problems, but unless the expense of these projects and resulting products can be justified, companies will not fund them.  At first glance, engineering economics appears to be merely a set of rules for comparing different amounts of money at different times.  In practice, however, engineering economics is a decision-making process that allows engineers and organizations to decide how to invest their money among competing opportunities while considering inflation, interest, taxes, international exchange rates, and uncertainty among other factors.  The decisions made can be as simple as whether you should pay cash for a car, or whether you should finance it.  The decisions can be as complex as how limited health care dollars should be invested.  This course will explore the fundamentals of engineering economics.  Students pursuing Industrial and Systems Engineering will be well-prepared to perform economic analysis as a part of their jobs and will be ready for advanced courses in the subject.  Electrical and Mechanical engineers and other majors will be in a better position to understand how business decisions affect the projects they work on and how their work relates to some corporate goals.  All students will be prepared for the engineering economics portions of the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.  Students will also be able to make better informed decisions about what to do with your money.  The international setting for this course may afford the possibility for the students to hear from a guest lecturer and inclusion of some material on the challenges faced in economic decision-making by multinational companies.  A further benefit is to allow greater flexibility for engineering majors to study abroad, a decision that often poses hurdles for students in a lockstep program with multiple course prerequisites and dependencies.  


COMM 433: American Independent Cinema
Professors: Dr. Roger Pace, Dr. Eric Pierson
Pre-requisite(s): A strong interest in film

This is a two week course is taught at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah during intersession. This course is an intense examination of the independent film industry during the Festival. Students will engage the films and filmmakers firsthand through a series of lectures, screenings, panels, and small group discussions. Classes are conducted in a conference room in the hotel. There are a series of brief mandatory meetings in the Fall prior to departure. This course can also be taken for honors credit.