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The University of San Diego offers an impressive number of short-term programs during the summer session. 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 USD International Center scholarships as well as outside scholarships are available.

The program cost ranges from $4,600-$5,075 and includes the following: three units of USD tuition, housing, excursions, class related visits, medical insurance, and some group meals Some programs offer students the option to take up to 6 units, which would increase the price to $6,550 or $6,750. Some additional fees may apply based on the course. For complete information on the program details, please click on the program link to be directed to the program-specific brochure page.

Summer 2016

Application Deadlines

  • Bali: February 24, 2016

  • All other programs: March 2, 2016

For more information on the program, click on the location listed under the "Program" heading.  For course descriptions, please click on the course.


Course(s) Offered Professor Cost

AUSTRIA, Salzburg 

May 27 - June 16

GERM 201: Third Semester German

GERM 202 credit available upon approval of instructor 

Dr. Christiane Staninger $4,800

CHINA, Beijing/Shanghai

June 6 - June 24

COMP 494: Data Mining

Dr. Eric Jiang $4,800

CHINA, Shanghai

May 28 - June 17

FINA 405: International Financial Management

Dr. Phil Zhu $4,800


July 30 - August 20

COMM 480: British Media

Dr. Eric Pierson


$4,950 for ENGL/THEA 494 course

ENGL/THEA 494: London Plays in Production Dr. Cynthia Caywood
Dr. David Hay
ETLW 302D: Business & Society Prof. Linda Barkacs
Dr. Craig Barkacs
MENG 260: Introduction to Thermal Sciences Dr. Frank Jacobitz
MKTG 420: Consumer Behavior Dr. Kenny Bates
PHIL 330: Ethics & Moral Diversity Dr. Brian Clack

THRS 315: Introduction to Islam

Dr. Bahar Davary


FREN 201 dates (4-week course): July 1 - 30

All other class dates: July 8 - 30


ARTH 138/ARCH 321/ARTH 321- City and Utopia: Paris

Dr. Can Bilsel


$5,075 for FREN 201

COMM 494: Sexual Discourse & Society Dr. Bradley Bond
FREN 201: Third Semester French Dr. Michele Magnin
PHIL 334: Studies in Ethics Dr. Lori Watson
THRS 367: Saints, Sex, and Social Justice: French Feminism in Conversation with Catholic Theology & Ethics Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry


May 26 - June 15

NOTE: Application deadline is February 24, 2016

THRS 394/MUSC 340: Religion & the Performing Arts

Dr. David Harnish

Dr. Lance Nelson


ITALY, Sorrento

July 2 - July 29

4-week intensive program

ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian Dr. Loredana Di Martino $5,075


Take up to 6 units!

Classes at USD: May 31 - June 3
In Rome: June 8 - 22

FINA 300: Financial Management Dr. Shreesh Deshpande


$6,550 for 6 units

MGMT 309W: International Comparative Management Dr. Jo Hunsaker
Dr. Phil Hunsaker
MKTG 480: Advanced Marketing Project- Cases in Global Marketing Dr. David Light

JAMAICA, Falmouth

Take up to 6 units!

June 27 - July 17

SOCI 425D/W: The Black Atlantic Dr. Rafik Mohamed


$6,750 for 6 units

THEA 375C/D: Theatre and Community Dr. Evelyn Cruz

SOUTH AFRICA, Various Cities

June 20 - July 5

POLS 494/SOCI 494: Education, Politics & Citizenship in South Africa

Dr. Mike Williams

Dr. Lisa Nunn


Summer 2016 Course Descriptions


GERM 201- Third Semester German (GERM 202 credit available upon approval of instructor)
Professor: Dr. Christiane Staninger
Pre-requisite: GERM 102 or equivalent
This course is a continuation of German 102 and is designed to teach students to speak, read, and write German at an intermediate level and enhance students’ familiarity with recent German culture and history. Emphasis is placed on improving students’ knowledge of intermediate grammar, reading more complex tests and speaking with moderate proficiency.

Additional Information: GERM 201 fulfills language competency requirement. GERM 202 fulfills minor requirement.


COMP 494: Data Mining
Professor: Dr. Eric Jiang
Pre-requisites: Math 150 and COMP 151, or permission of the instructor.

Data mining is a new interdisciplinary field of computer science and represents a process of analyzing and extracting patterns embedded in large amounts of data by using various methods from machine learning, statistics and database management.  With the rapid proliferation of the Internet and advances of computing technology, data mining has become an increasingly important tool of transforming large quantities of digital data into meaningful and actionable information in many areas including business and finance, health care, telecommunication, science and higher education. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to data mining with a primary focus on fundamental concepts, algorithms and applications of association analysis, classification and clustering modeling. It will also discuss ethical issues related to data mining and advanced data mining models. 

Additional Information: This course satisfies a 3-unit upper-division elective for computer science majors and minors, and also for all engineering majors.


FINA 405: International Financial Management
Professor: Dr. Phil Zhu
Pre-requisites: FINA 300, MATH 130/150/151

China has 1.3 billion people and is the fastest growing economy in the world. Many leading American companies and organizations have subsidiaries in China and many more are exploring opportunities in the country. Knowledge about Chinese business and financial market provides a key competitive edge to the future leaders in various fields. To enhance your global experience and competitiveness, we offer the FINA 405 (international financial management) course for three weeks in Shanghai in the summer of 2016. The course covers most important topics on managing multinational corporations’ financial resources and risks, such as the foreign exchange risk hedging, international cost of capital and capital budgeting, international financial arbitrage, and international portfolio management. The course also uses China in many examples to help students better understand the unique business environment in the leading emerging country.  The course features many cultural activities, and visits to several multinational business and financial institutions in Shanghai. The city of Shanghai has the most vibrant business environment and cutting-edge technology base in China. Through this course, students can gain highly valuable global experience in one of the most economically vibrant and prosperous city in the world! 


COMM 480: British Media
Professor: Dr. Eric Pierson
Pre-requisites: None

The goal of the course is to develop an awareness of international communication, with the United Kingdom as our focus. We will examine the way in which media systems are used to create national identities and shape cultural expectations. The course will highlight the role of public policy and globalization in the formation and maintenance of media systems. Through a daily series of questions and interactions with local media professionals, the course will examine to ways in which politics, culture, social normality, conflict, and civic responsibility are processed, in and outside of geographic boundaries. Trips to the BBC, BFI, Film London, The Guardian, and the Advertising Council will allow us the opportunity to compare British media systems to those in the United States.

Additional information: Fulfills upper-division elective in Communication Studies major/minor.

ENGL/THEA 494- London Plays in Production
Professors: Dr. Cynthia Caywood & Dr. David Hay
Pre-requisite: None

Be immersed in the theatre of world’s theatre capital, London!  Enjoy an eight play “season” that can include classical, modern, multi-cultural, and experimental plays and musicals, and visit venues ranging from the Royal National Theatre to abandoned warehouses.  Past productions have included such award winning shows as War HorseThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeSweeney ToddWaiting for Godot (with Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart) and the ground-breaking productions of some of the UK’s most innovative troupes, including Propeller (“rock n’ roll meets Shakespeare”) and Punchdrunk (“an experience impossible to shake, even days later”).  The course includes a tour of the Royal National Theatre and a guided walk through Shakespeare’s London. This course fulfills the GE fine arts or literature requirement and major or minor upper division, elective requirements in both English and Theatre Arts.

Additional Information: ENGL fuflills English major requirement and Literature core requirement. THEA fufills Theatre Arts major requirement and the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement.

ETLW 302D- Business and Society
Professor: Prof. Linda Barkacs & Dr. Craig Barkacs
Pre-requisite: ECON 216 + 60 units

This course examines principles of social responsibility, ethics, law, and stakeholder theory as they apply to organizations domestically and abroad. Coverage includes business ethics; individual versus societal interests; labor and employment issues; consumer protection; discrimination and diversity; the natural environment; politics, public policy, and government regulation of business. Particular attention is given to developing moral reasoning skills.

Additional Information: Course is required of all Majors in the SBA; fulfills the D requirement and meets the requirement for the Environmental Studies minor.

MENG 260: Introduction to Thermal Sciences
Professor: Dr. Frank Jacobitz
Pre-requisite: MATH 151, PHYS 270

The course covers basic engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer with a strong focus on the first topic. Thermodynamics considers the effects of heat and work interactions on a substance and it is the foundation of energy conversion from thermal to mechanical and electrical forms. Such an energy conversion is found in most forms of power generation, including fossil fuel or nuclear power plants, internal combustion engines, and also renewable energy sources such as solar thermal power plants or ocean thermal energy conversion plants.  

The steam engine is an example of a device developed to convert the heat from a combustion process into mechanical energy. In particular, Watt’s steam engine is at the heart of the industrial revolution starting in the late 18th century in the United Kingdom. Multiple museums in London exhibit steam engines and some are still operated on weekends. For example, the Science Museum in London exhibits the Boulton-Watt engine of 1788 and the London Transport Museum explores the development of London and its transport system over the last two centuries. In addition, the Royal Museums Greenwich discuss the development of science in the UK as well as the naval history of the UK. This historic tie to the course material makes London a great destination for a thermal science class.

Additional Information: Required for mechanical engineering (ME) students and it is a prerequisite for junior-level ME classes. The course also fulfills a sophomore-level requirement for the electrical engineering (EE) and industrial and systems engineering (ISE) programs. EE and ISE students, contrary to ME students, can choose between MENG 260 and alternative courses in their sophomore year.

MKTG 420: Consumer Behavior
Professor: Dr. Kenny Bates
Pre-requisite: MKTG 300, MATH 130/150/151

This course explores how consumers process information and make decisions. Influence factors, such as attitudes, learning, personality, culture, motivation, perception, and reference groups on consumer decision making are examined. The emphasis is on understanding the decision-making process and its application to the development of sound marketing strategy.

PHIL 330: Ethics & Moral Diversity
Professor: Dr. Brian Clack
Pre-requisite: None

This class will explore some major elements in moral philosophy, with a focus upon moral and cultural diversity.  The class will consider and evaluate the relativist and subjectivist conclusions often drawn from the facts of moral diversity, and will explore different religious systems of morality (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism) as well as the differences between religious and secular approaches to ethics.  Finally, the course will explore some pressing issues of contemporary moral concern (such as abortion, euthanasia, sexual ethics, capital punishment and the treatment of animals) and consider the diversity of perspectives brought to bear upon each.  London is the perfect setting for this type of course, since it is a markedly diverse city and is home to a number of places of interest relevant to our concerns in this class. Hence, students will pay visits to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern Art Museum, the Tower of London, Freud’s home, Marx’s grave, and University College London, where Jeremy Bentham’s body is on display.  Students will also take in two theatre performances (ideally including a performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays) and consider the moral issues arising within each.

Additional Information: Fulfills upper-division ethics core requirement.

THRS 315: Introduction to Islam
Professor: Dr. Bahar Davary
Pre-requisite: THRS 110 or 112 or 203

Islam is the fastest growing religion in London. Muslims comprise 12.5% of the population, making them the largest religious minority in the capital.  While the first Muslims to migrate to England were Yemenis and Somalis today the majority are descendants of the immigrants from the Indian sub-continent, especially Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India. The overall Muslim population is very diverse.

In this course the students will learn the religious foundations of Islam, its beliefs, rituals, law, history, as well as issues of immigration and integration of Muslims, issues such as halal food festival, the hijab, the mosque, and the perceived threat of Islamization of Europe. We will discuss how a strong Muslim presence impacts British society and politics and what effects living in London have on second, third, fourth generation Muslim immigrants. We will be visiting the Islamic College of London, Muslim neighborhoods and markets in East end of London (where 40% of population is Muslim), the Islamic Cultural Center and the London Central Mosque.     

Additional Information: Fulfills upper-division Theology and Religious Studies core requirement; counts towards THRS major/minor.


ARTH 138/ARCH 321/ARTH 321- City and Utopia: Paris
Professor: Dr. Can Bilsel
Pre-requisite: None

What role has utopia played in the formation of the modern city? The architectural and urban projects that have shaped great cities throughout modernity embody a number of social visions ranging from the utopian hope of unlimited freedom in an ideal society, to the dystopian ideas of absolute control and surveillance. Using Paris as an urban laboratory, this course surveys the emergence of modern art, architecture and urbanism in the nineteenth and twentieth century, and the intersections of architecture with utopian ideas. Topics include the transformation of Paris under Baron Haussmann, the work of Le Corbusier, the Situationist International, and the construction of the grands ensembles (modernist new towns) around Paris. Faculty-led fieldtrips and museum visits in Paris will follow class readings, lectures and discussions. Bring comfortable shoes and sunblock. The course is open to students with no background in architecture and art history, and satisfies Fine Arts Core. Upper-division students are encouraged to enroll in 321, which offers opportunities for further student-faculty research.

Additional information: ARTH 138 fulfills fine arts core

COMM 494: Sexual Discourse & Society
Professor: Dr. Bradley Bond
Pre-requisite: None

Sex is foundational to the development and maintenance of human relationships. Communication about sex happens in a myriad of interpersonal, group, organizational, and mediated contexts. This course explores the many ways in which sexual communication intersects with our personal, relational, institutional, and cultural values and norms. Paris is an appropriate location to teach this course because of the emphasis (and paradoxically, de-emphasis) that French culture places on sexual socialization.  The similarities and differences between French and American sexual culture will also provide students with a unique context from which they can directly apply many of the concepts and research conclusions that will be discussed in this class to better understand sexual socialization.  The “city of love” affords a multitude of immersive experiences related to attraction, love, and sex that will allow students to engage in experiential learning in ways not possible on USD’s campus. 

Additional information: Fulfills upper-division elective in Communication Studies major/minor.

FREN 201: Third Semester French
Professor: Dr. Michele Magnin
Pre-requisite: FREN 102 or equivalent

The final course of the core language sequence completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with increased emphasis on grammatical exactness to further develop communicative proficiency. At this level students are encouraged to participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the French-speaking community. In addition, students in Paris will have the opportunity to speak French in their host families, and will have a more direct experience of French culture than students taking French in San Diego.

Additional Information: Fulfills language competency core requirement.

PHIL 334: Studies in Ethics
Professor: Dr. Lori Watson
Pre-requisite: None

France has a rich philosophical history, and Paris is a large part of that history.  In this course students will study the ethical and political philosophies of Rousseau, Simone De Beauvior, Sartre, and Focault.  Each of these thinkers is important in the history of philosophy, however they are all often considered minor figures.   This course aims to highlight their contributions in the context in which they were developed.  Rousseau was a transformative political thinker in French society, and found himself exiled after the French Revolution.  Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex is a seminal feminist text with a specifically French context and perspective (given the influence of Sartre and Socialism prevalent in France at that time).  We will read Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, and situate that in the French context (the revolution, especially).   Philosophy was a very public enterprise in France during the Enlightenment period and beyond.  

Additional Information: Fulfills upper-division ethics core requirement.

THRS 367: Saints, Sex, and Social Justice: French Feminism in Conversation with Catholic Theology & Ethics
Professor: Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry
Pre-requisite: None

This course is an exploration of contemporary feminist theology from the Christian perspective to gain knowledge of its contribution and challenges to the whole of the Christian tradition. Included is a survey of its historical emergence, methods and approaches, major theological themes, tasks, commitments, and spirituality.  

Christine de Pizan—French poet, author, and invited member of the court of Charles V and Jeanne de Bourbon, king and queen of France—wrote with passionate conviction over six hundred years ago that “there is not the slightest doubt that women belong to the people of God and the human race as much as men and are not another species or dissimilar race.” (The Book of the City of Ladies, pub. 1405). The implications of this claim—that women are human—continue to befuddle people of faith today. What does it mean to be human? Does sexual differentiation matter, and if so, how? Is Christian theology sexist? How does the principle of social justice inform contemporary Christian understandings of sexuality, and what work remains to be done? This course will explore these questions through readings, discussions, and field trips in one of the most vibrant, historically significant, culturally rich cities in the world: Paris, France. After an introduction to theological method and feminist methods, we will embark on a thematic journey through feminist theology and ethics with the aim of building skills in gender analysis, critical thinking, cultural competency, and self-reflection. We will read texts by prominent French feminists, including Simone de Beauvoir, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva. We will learn about French saints (Jeanne d’Arc, St. Geneviève, Louise de Marillac, Vincent de Paul, Jane Frances de Chantal, and others), and we will discuss the Catholic Church’s contributions to human rights discourse in the modern world, especially the role of Catholic social thought. Paris is our classroom, and students will be required to go on field trips to churches, museums, and historic sites that will enrich our class discussions and student learning.  

Additional Information: Fulfills upper-division Theology and Religious Studies core requirement; counts towards THRS major/minor.


THRS 394/MUSC 340: Religion & the Performing Arts
Professor: Dr. David Harnish & Dr. Lance Nelson
Pre-requisite: None

In addition to its renowned physical beauty, the Indonesian island of Bali is famous for its rich cultural traditions that demonstrate an inseparable relationship between art and religion. This course will explore the faith and practice of Balinese Hindus, particularly in terms of their highly developed ritual sensibility and their integration of music, dance, drama, and other arts in their vibrant ritual life. It will be an interdisciplinary, team-taught course. Students will register for MUSC 340 or THRS 494, according to the credit they need.  The history and contemporary practice of Balinese Hinduism and its divergences from Indian Hinduism will be examined, along with the impact of colonialism and the contemporary boom in tourism. Guest lectures by local scholars, religious practitioners, and master-artists will be arranged. Students will attend temple festivals and ceremonies and become involved with the cultural life of Bali. In addition, the group will take several tours to cultural sites around the island and visit the arts conservatory. Students will have hands-on opportunities to play gamelan (gong ensemble) music as a group and engage one or more other arts, such as dance, shadow puppetry, or mask-making. 

Additional information: Fulfills upper-division core/major/minor requirements in Fine Arts/Music (as MUSC 340) or THRS (as THRS 394), as well as requirements for the IR major and Asian Studies minor. 


FINA 300: Financial Management
Professor: Dr. Shreesh Deshpande
Pre-requisite: ACCT 201, ECON 102, ECON 216, MATH 130/150/151

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles that guide the financial manager in making asset management, valuation and financing decisions. Topics include ratio analysis, time value of money, stock and bond valuation, risk and return (CAPM), capital budgeting, financial planning, cost of capital and options.

Additional Information: Required of all majors in the SBA (except Economics). 

MGMT 309W: International Comparatice Management
Professor: Dr. Jo Hunsaker & Dr. Phil Hunsaker
Pre-requisite: MGMT 300 + 60 units; IB minors can substitute BUSN 361 for MGMT 300 as the prerequisite

This course addresses the dilemmas and opportunities that managers face as they work in multicultural and global environments. The main objective of the course is to increase the effectiveness of managers/employees in identifying, understanding, and managing the cultural components of organizational dynamics. Focuses on the relationships between cultural values and the practice of managing people.

Additional Information: W course, Fulfills Management, International Business, Business Administration or International Relations major requirements. Is also an elective for Management and International Business Minors.

MKTG 480: Advanced Marketing Project- Cases in Global Marketing
Professor: Dr. David Light
Pre-requisite: MKTG 300, MATH 130/150/151

This course offers the opportunity to implement the basic fundamentals of marketing through an experiential learning situation, simulation, case analysis, or combination of these. May involve interaction with business or other organizations in the execution of marketing strategy. This course may not be repeated for credit.


ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian
Professor: Dr. Loredana DiMartino
Pre-requisite: ITAL 102 or equivalent.

This four-week summer program in Italy is taught by a USD faculty member, and covers the same content as Italian 201 while blending language and culture with experiential learning. Students will be fully immersed in Italian daily life and will live with Italian families. The academic component will be supplemented with community engagement activities and field trips that will enhance students’ learning and understanding of Italy while allowing them to interact with the local community.  Located nearby Naples, Sorrento is the ideal location for students to be familiarized with Italian culture, and experience Southern Italian warmth, while having easy access to some of Italy’s most famous heritage sites. The town is only a short bus or train ride away from important cultural sites such as the ancient ruins of Pompeii, Stabiae, Oplontis and Herculaneum, from the eclectic city of Naples, home of one of the best archeological museums in the world and of world-famous examples of baroque architecture, and from other UNESCO heritage sites such as the Amalfi coast. Students will be guided by their instructor to make the most of their experience in Italy.

Additional Information: Fulfills third semester language competency requirement. 


SOCI 494DW- The Black Atlantic
Professor: Dr. Rafik Mohamed
Pre-requisite: None

With a particular emphasis on Jamaica, this course provides an overview of Caribbean society and culture from the beginning of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present. Specific attention will be given to the themes of colonization, slavery, culture, and resistance. Students are asked to consider the role European colonization played in shaping Caribbean societies and culture for the bad and the good, and the role of the world's most powerful nations in detracting from the self-determination and global competency of less-developed former colonies. This course seeks to engender cultural competence in students and have them use Caribbean cultures as a lens through which they critically evaluate their racial, ethnic, gendered, national, and socioeconomic selves.

Additional Information: Fulfills D and W core requirements. Fulfills Sociology or International Relations major requirement.

THEA 375C/D: Theatre and Community
Professor: Dr. Evelyn Cruz
Pre-requisite: None

This course, which uses a non-traditional approach to creating theatre, is offered as a community based service-learning experience.  Students will explore how issues of race, privilege, gender and sexual orientation inform our own prejudices and issues of privilege within a global context.  In preparation for creating art that is socially conscious and culturally sensitive, students in this class will attend lectures and field trips on the Black Atlantic.  Students in this course will be guided in creating theatre that serves specific communities and their concerns.  Students will be involved in the writing, work-shopping, directing, acting and designing of theatre narratives inspired from both the personal and the community.  Students in this class will participate in a final performance of theatre in the community. 

Additional Information: Fulfills requirement for Theatre majors/minors and D or C Core Requirements. 


POLS 494/SOCI 494: Education, Politics & Citizenship in South Africa
Professor: Dr. Mike Williams & Dr. Lisa Nunn
Pre-requisite: None

This study abroad opportunity offers students a unique opportunity to visit South Africa and to learn more about its history, politics, and culture as it relates to educational policy and educational inequalities.  This course will examine the origins of segregation and apartheid in the history of South Africa and the role the education system has played in sustaining racial inequalities historically and today.  Through an examination of the intersection of education, politics, and culture, the course will provide students with an opportunity to understand the nature of South African citizenship in the post-apartheid era and to make comparisons with U.S. citizenship.  South Africa is a country that is two decades removed from apartheid rule, and studying its politics and history will enable students to think critically about the legacy of authoritarian rule, democratization, and race and ethnic reconciliation.  Students will also consider the ways in which the educational experiences in South Africa compare to those in the United States, particularly in terms of seeing schools as a mechanism of racial injustice in both contexts. 

In addition to reading and writing assignments, students will have opportunities to engage with South African communities, such as black townships and rural villages.  More specifically, students will spend approximately three weeks in the village of Makuleke as well as approximately four days in Johannesburg.  The experience in Makuleke will provide students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in rural South African culture and to make meaningful connections with members of the community, and local high school students in particular.  In Johannesburg, students will visit museums, historical sites, schools, and political institutions.  These visits will provide a broader context for the students to situate, and contextualize, their experience in Makuleke.  This study abroad opportunity offers students a variety of perspectives on South African politics and they will witness first-hand the diversity in this country.  Most importantly, it will introduce students to different cultural , political, and educational practices that students can then share with their friends and family in the United States.  

Additional Information: Fulfills requirements for Political Science and Sociology majors/minors.