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 $4,500-4,800 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 $6,750. 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.
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Summer 2014 - Application deadline extended to March 19th
(note: original application deadline was February 19th and this date is used for refund purposes)
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Summer 2014 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
German 201 completes the core language sequences of introductory German, emphasizing grammatical exactness to advance communication. During the first week of this course, students would stay with families in Eichstätt, Bavaria, Germany. Eichstätt is the home of the Katholische Universität, the only Roman Catholic university in the German-speaking world. The students would conclude the course in nearby Salzburg, Austria, a city which offers something of interest for all students: music, art, water sports, history, mountaineering, hiking, and a rich tradition of Roman Catholicism. This course would expose them to the culture, language, and regional accents of Germany and Austria. The class in Salzburg and environs has been offered with great success for many years and has received consistently excellent reviews from students who participated.
Additional Information: Fulfills language competency requirement. GERM 202 fulfills minor requirement.
CHINA, VARIOUS CITIES
HIST 364/HIST 364W- China: A Historical Journey
Professor: Dr. Yi Sun
This class is designed to provide a sophisticated and interdisciplinary introduction to Chinese civilization and politics. The program follows a three week itinerary that includes Beijing, Xian, and at least two other destinations in China, taking advantage of site tours and local academic experts above and beyond accompanying faculty led discussions and presentations. Students will have an opportunity to witness the changes that have been unfolding in China over the past twenty five years while at the same time appreciating the cultural foundation of the society produced over the course of more than two millennia. Course content will devote substantial attention to Chinese relations with the many countries in its neighborhood and its ever increasing significance around the globe. Ultimately, the class is intended to foster a sense of cultural awareness and understanding of the Chinese historical experience. Students with an interest in Chinese culture, history, and politics will enjoy this short-term program. Excursions to historical sites throughout the program give students a greater cultural appreciation and understanding for this rapidly changing society.
Additional Information: Fulfills History core curriculum requirement and can fulfill the "W" CORE requirement upon request. Additional writing assignments will be given if W credit is needed. Fulfils a History, International Relations, or International Business major requirement.
CHINA, BEIJING/X'IAN/RURAL VILLAGES
This course provides a community service and learning opportunity for students who want to experience first-hand the current poverty-stricken areas in China, and an opportunity to utilize their education through teaching the local teachers and students oral English, mathematics or social sciences. Participants will also instruct basic research and learning methods with the goal that these activities help locals to become good academicians, and ultimately alleviate poverty through education. Specifically, USD students will, with the guidance of USD faculty, participate in a one-week cultural program at Tsinghua University and then a three-week service-learning program in satellite rural areas.
Additional Information: Fulfills Sociology or International Relations major requirement. Fulfills the "Multicultural Studies" concentration in the Liberal Studies major. Fulfills social science core requirement.
Chemistry 101 is a course designed for the non-science major that focuses on the major ideas of modern chemistry and the role that chemistry plays in a technological society. The evolution of our understanding of atomic and molecular structure and chemical reactivity will be examined as examples of the scientific method and the very human nature of the scientific endeavor. The role of modern chemistry in both the creation and the solution of societal problems will also receive considerable attention. There is a rich world of sport in England that we will use as our laboratory. We will learn about structure and bonding and molecules and compounds by looking at their applications in various sports. We will probe issues related to sport such as synthetic materials used in tennis rackets, golf clubs, soccer balls and bicycle frames, the use of polymers in clothing and artificial limbs, and the use of performance enhancing drugs such as steroids and human growth hormone. We will study the functions of the body including the physiology of exercise, nutrition and health along with the benefits of sports drinks and snacks and the impact of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins on performance. We will look into blood doping and its role in maximizing performance. We will take many excursions to museums, sports venues and fields to see first hand examples of these topics.
Additional Information: Fulfills Physical Science core requirement
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 Communication Studies or International Relations major requirement.
Considering that London is the English speaking world’s theatre capital, the course offers a unique opportunity for USD students to experience the wide diversity of London theatre, not only in terms of plays, but venues and types of productions. Over the three weeks of the course, students usually see nine to ten plays as well as participate in field trips designed to provide context for their theatre work. We book our “season” to reflect a wide variety of theatrical forms: classical plays, such as last summer’s National Theatre production of Sophocles’ Antigone; Shakespeare in a variety of venues; modern classics, such as Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, with Ian Richardson and Patrick Stewart; great musicals, such as Elton John’s Billy Elliot; off West-End experimental productions, such as homeless theatre company Cardboard Citizens in Mincemeat; and shows that often go on to become huge Broadway hits, such as War Horse. We also include field trips that give context to what the students are reading and seeing. In the past, for example, we have paired a Royal Shakespeare Company dramatization of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales with a walking tour of medieval London; Shakespeare’s Richard III with a visit to the Tower of London; backstage tours of both the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe; and visits to exhibitions and museums that provide insight into particular shows in our season. The primary objectives in the course are to help students understand better the centuries’ old rich tradition of London theatre and situate play and production with relevant ethnic, socio-political, cultural and historical contexts; and, to teach students to appreciate the vital role of artistic expression in British culture.
Additional Information: ENGL fuflills English major requirement and Literature core requirement. THEA fufills Theatre Arts major requirement and the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement (contact Sabrina Kaiser in the International Center for more information).
ETLW 302- Business and Society
Professor: Dr. Tara Ceranic
Pre-requisite: MGMT 300 + 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.
Finance 494, European Capital Markets, will survey the major elements and characteristics of major global capital markets with an emphasis on similarities and differences between US, European and ROW capital markets. The course will cover depository institutions, asset management firms, investment banking firms and other entities heavily involved in global financial markets. Along with strong theoretical grounding in portfolio theory, capital market theory and pricing models, students will gain a detailed understanding of the structures and characteristics of the major financial instruments including common stocks, bonds, futures, options and derivatives. Recent financial crisis issues including mortgage backed securities valuation and sovereign debt markets will be examined. Exposure to professional equity research and financial statement analysis will be included. The goal of the course is to build awareness, expertise and sensitivity to global financial markets and instruments so students would have the knowledge and skills to be successful working in a global investment bank. Historical context including social impacts, political constraints, companies' law and current issues will be examined. Students will be transformed into global financially savvy citizens with multi-country financial expertise and relationships.
Additional Information: Fulfills Finance, International Business, Business Administration or International Relations major requirement.
MENG 260, Introduction to Thermal Sciences is a sophomore-level engineering course and is required for mechanical engineering (ME) students. This course is also a pre-requisite for junior-level ME classes. 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.
Additional Information: Fulfills a requirement for the electrical engineering (EE) and industrial and systems engineering (ISE) programs.
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, we will explore some pressing issues of contemporary moral concern (such as abortion, euthanasia and sexual ethics) and consider the diversity of perspectives brought to bear upon each. London is an ideal setting for this course, since it is a highly diverse city, its variety of religious communities providing the perfect context for a consideration of contrasting religious systems of ethics. As a center of philosophical debate for centuries, London is full of places of interest of relevance to this class. As such, field trips may include visits to religious sites such mosques and churches; historical sites relevant to Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud (figures central to our class material); and relevant cultural sites such as museums and theatrical productions.
Additional Information: Fulfills Philosophy major requirement and Ethics core requirement.
FRANCE, PARIS - ARTS & SCIENCES PROGRAM
ARTV 306- Digital Photography
Professor: Prof. Duncan McCosker
This course will explore the rich resources of Paris and its environs through making color photographs. We will work digitally, and make large and descriptive digital prints utilizing the latest version of Adobe Photoshop. We will study photography within the fine art tradition, and will be making pictures on field trips to the Luxembourg Gardens, Pere LaChaise cemetery, and Trocadero. We will see exceptional museum and gallery exhibitions at the Musée d’Orsay, the European Museum of Photography and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. We will discuss the great traditions of French photography, from its invention by Daguerre and Niepce to the ground-breaking contributions of Atget and Cartier-Bresson, to the work of contemporary photographers like Sophie Calle.
Additional Information: Fulfills Fine Arts core requirement and fulfills a Visual Arts major/minor requirement.
This class scrutinizes both the universal and regional nature of relationship behaviors, dissecting and challenging students’ own personal conceptions of themselves as relational creatures. Relationships are the most-studied social phenomena, and there is a wide variety of literature (written in English) that looks at relational characteristics of French (and specifically Parisian) culture. Influenced by culture, biology, personal experiences, and our individual character traits, the relationships that we engage in may look very different than the relationships of those around us; the use of France as a comparison text allows for the discussion of deep theory and students’ personal integration in context throughout Paris. Discussion, readings, and reflection will enmesh both similarities and differences found in relational research between the American and French perspectives on friends, romantic partners, family, and more. By the time students have completed this course, they will have acquired a resource-base to understand international differences in how people communicate within close relationships, with an emphasis on Parisian behaviors. Students will also have critically read and understood international communication research and used that text to observe relational patterns that emerge within and between cultures. Field trips to a wide variety of contexts allow for contextualization of each relationship process.
Additional Information: Fulfills upper-division Human Communication requirement in the Communication Studies major. Students can elect to receive credit for either COMM 325 or COMM 494-- students should consult with thier advisor to determine which credit they need.
FREN 201- Third Semester French
Professor: Dr. Michele Magnin
Pre-requisite: FREN 101 and 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- Existential Ethics
Professor: Dr. Larry Hinman
The principal focus of the course is existential ethics, with a particular emphasis on the works of Albert Camus, Jean Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. However, no study of French philosophy would be complete without looking at its most influential founding figure, René Descartes, including his classical statement of the mind- body problem and also his statement of systematic doubt in the Meditations. The course will examine a number of specific themes running across these authors: authenticity, bad faith, humanism, ambiguity, gender, seduction, terrorism and violence, and the relationship between personal commitment and political action, particularly as manifest in Marxism. Class visits to major museum may include the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay.
Additional Information: Fulfills Ethics core requirement. Fulfills Philosophy major requirement.
FRANCE, PARIS & STRASBOURG - BUSINESS PROGRAM
MGMT 303- Interpersonal Relations
Professor: Dr. Phil Hunsaker
Pre-requisite: MGMT 300
An advanced course covering theories, research, and skill development in the area of interpersonal relations. Topics covered include interpersonal influence, conflict, emotional styles, communication, group roles, non-verbal behavior, and personal growth. Course concepts are integrated with classroom exercises and outside organizational experiences to provide the student with both knowledge and skills for interacting effectively with others in managerial and personal situations.
Additional Information: Fulfills Management or Business Administration major requirement.
MGMT 309W- International Comparative Management
Professor: Dr. Jo 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: Fulfills W core requirement. Fulfills Management, International Business, Business Administration or International Relations major requirement.
MKTG 420- Consumer Behavior
Professor: Dr. Kenny Bates
Pre-requisite: MKTG 300 + 60 units
Consumer behavior course focuses on cognitive processing, environmental effects on behavior, and cultural/subcultural influences. This course has a heavy influence on the analysis of international consumption cultures through ethnographic study. Students will be trained on the techniques of participant observation and be required to analyze a chosen consumption practice or brand subculture through both observation and participation. Students will learn proper methods of ethnographic research such as taking proper field notes, interviewing subjects, coding data, and analysis of findings. Ultimately, students will gain a better understanding of the studied culture, build up a cultural framework, and develop a strategy for effective communication to the culture of study.
Additional Information: Fulfills Marketing or Business Administration major requirement.
SPAN 394/494- Guatemala: Cultural Legacies and Current Realities
Professor: Dr. Julia Medina
Pre-requisite: SPAN 301, 303 and 304 are the pre-requisities for SPAN 494; SPAN 202 or equivalent is pre-requisite for SPAN 394.
This Spanish immersion program provides students with an introduction to the history and cultures of Guatemala, and to some of the current challenges faced by this Central American country. Three thematic threads are interwoven throughout the readings, texts analyzed, and site visits: Mayan cultural legacies and present realities; armed conflict, genocide, and justice; and projects in social change (fair/direct trade, microfinance, and social entrepreneurship). The course has a community-based approach in that dialogue and engagement with community members in a central feature; group reflections then follow all on-site activities with a special focus on the symbolic dimensions of intercultural communication.
Additional Information: This is a Spanish language immersion program: all students enrolled in the course will make a firm commitment to speak only in Spanish at all times throughout the program. Fulfills Spanish major and minor requirement or International Relations major requirement.
INDONESIA, BALI (Program Closed)
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, 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. 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.
Additional Information: MUSC 340 fulfills the Fine Arts core requirement and Music major requirement. THRS 494 fulfills the upper-division THRS core requirement and Theology/Relgious Studies major requirement.
ITAL 201- Third Semester Italian
Professor: Professor Emanuela Patroncini
Pre-requisite: ITAL 101 and 102 or equivalent
The experiential learning program, will be divided into three intensive weeks that will take place using a combination of classes and a full immersion in the everyday Italian city life. In order to be involved in an authentic context and get a better grasp of the real meaning of the Italian academic life, students will have the opportunity to participate in classes, exams and all the other events/activities that are in full bloom in the month of June in Ferrara. Students will live in home stays.
Additional Information: Fulfills language competency requirement.
SOCI 425DW- The Black Atlantic
Professor: Dr. Rafik Mohamed
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 375DC- Theatre & Community
Professor: Evelyn Cruz
This course is a non-traditional experiential approach to the study of theatre. The course offers students an embodied experience of the local diverse community by building partnerships and participating in gathering and performance of narratives. In this course students will learn how to: create pieces of theatre that are and for specific communities and their concern, use theatre improvisation exercises to solicit narratives, write dramatically in playwriting format, create theatre by writing, work-shopping, refining, performing, directing, and/or designing, and use of theatre for consciousness raising and partnership building.
Additional Information: Fulfills D Core Requirement, Fulfills Fine Arts Core Requirement, Community Service Learning Designated course. Fulfills Theatre Arts major/minor requirement.
SOUTH AFRICA, Durban/Makuleke/Johannesburg
Course description coming soon.
Additional Information: Fulfills International Relations and Political Science major requirement. Fulfills social science core requirement.
To record means to commit to memory. This class serves as an introduction to ways of observing, analyzing, chronicling visually, or otherwise set down in permanent form the experience of the city. Through drawing, visual observation, field analysis and measurements students will explore and closely study the major components of the urban fabric. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with means of documenting the experience of the city. It invites students to communicate, visually and in writing, objective observations as well as more personal impressions and ideas about Istanbul spaces. We will also take benefit of our travel to ancient Greek and Roman sites to learn how to sketch and survey antique monuments and sites. This course will be offered as a “Vertical Studio” in the Visual Arts and Architecture programs—students of different levels in architectural drawing will take the course together.
Additional Information: All students are required to submit a sketchbook; upped-division students will participate in a full-portfolio review. ARTV 115 fulfills Fine Arts core curriculum requirement. Course fulfills Art History, Architecture and Visual Arts major requirement.
In this course we will use Istanbul as an introduction to urban morphology. We will examine how shifting social, political and economic contexts have shaped the city and its monuments; how the function and meaning of these monuments have changed in subsequent stages of the city’s history; how the traces of past architecture—the archaeological strata—structure the city’s present form. The city’s monuments and urban form record the collective memory of its inhabitants in any given present, but there is also randomness in the encounter with, and the appropriation of the fragments of the past eras. By putting these fragments together our aim is not to reconstruct the original visions of the city’s patrons, but to understand how urban transformations have worked in the past, and how they frame urban experience in the present. We will conduct the course as a combination of focused readings on the case studies, class discussions and field trips.
Additional Information: All students are required to submit a logbook of fieldtrip entries and reading responses. Students enrolled in ARCH340 are required to submit a research paper in architectural history. ARTH 138 fulfills Fine Arts core curriculum requirement. Course fulfills Art History, Architecture and Visual Arts major requirement.