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 $4,500-4,925 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.
Summer 2015 - Application deadline is March 4, 2015 (note: Deadline for India program is December 1, 2014)
(note: this application deadline is used for refund purposes so please plan accordingly)
Applications will be open soon! Please check back.
June 14 - July 3, 2015
|GERM 201/202: Third/Fourth Semester German||Dr. Christiane Staninger||$4800|
CHINA, Beijing & Shanghai (Computer Science program)
June 1 - 21, 2015
|Dr. Eric Jiang||$4800|
June 25 - July 18, 2015
|Dr. Derrick Cartwright||
$4900 for ENGL/THEA 494 course
|BIOL 104: Microbes, Plagues and Peoples||Dr. Terry Bird|
|ENGL/THEA 494- London Plays in Production||Dr. Cynthia Caywood|
|ETLW 302D- Business & Society||Dr. Tara Ceranic|
|FINA 402: Investments||Dr. Ryan McKeon|
|MATH 494: Cryptography & War - How Mathematics Saved Democracy||Dr. Cameron Parker|
|PHIL 330- Ethics||Dr. Lori Watson|
|THRS 315: Islamic Faith and Practice in London||Dr. Bahar Davary|
FRANCE, Paris: College of Arts & Sciences Program
May 29 - June 25, 2015
Dr. Esteban Del Rio
$4925 for FREN 201 or FREN 202
|ENGL 225/494: American Writers in Paris||Dr. Fred Robinson|
|FREN 201: Third Semester French||Dr. Richard Stroik|
|FREN 202: Fourth Semester French||Dr. Michele Magnin|
|ISYE 494: Sustainability and Engineering||Dr. Truc Ngo|
FRANCE, Paris & Strasbourg: Business Program
May 26 - 29, 2015: Courses on-campus at USD
|BSCM 300: Global Purchasing and Supply Management||Dr. John Hanson||$4800 ($6750 for 2 courses)|
|ETLW 494: International Approaches to Sustainability||Dr. Norm Miller|
|MGMT 309: International Comparative Management||Dr. Johanna Hunsaker & Dr. Phil Hunsaker|
|Professor Victor Zambrano||$4800|
NOTE: APPLICATION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 1, 2014
June 1 - July 3, 2015 (travel in India is: June 15 - July 3)
|ENGL 225/ENGL 364: South Asian Literature||Dr. Atreyee Phukan||$4800|
|ENVI 494/PHIL 334: Dharma for Nature - Environmental Issues in India||Dr. Ron Kaufmann & Dr. Mark Woods|
|LEAD 352/379: Nonprofit Leadership & Management/Advanced Nonprofit Leadership and Management||Professor Teresa Van Horn|
|POLS 494/594: Power Vs. Compassion: India's Democracy and the Tibetan Question||Dr. Vidya Nadkarni|
|THRS 394: Nature, Society, and Salvation in India's Religions||Dr. Lance Nelson|
May 30 - June 25, 2015
|ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian||Dr. Emanuela Patroncini||$4925|
June 1 - 21, 2015
Dr. Brian Clack
Dr. Rafik Mohamed
$4800 ($6750 for 2 courses)
SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town & Johannesburg
June 14 - June 26, 2015
|HIST 369/POLS 494: Historical and Contemporary Issues in South Africa||Dr. Jim Gump & Dr. Mike Williams||TBD|
Summer 2015 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.
CHINA, BEIJING & SHANGHAI (Computer Science Program)
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 in computer science (COMP), electrical engineering (ELEC), industrial and systems engineering (ISYE), or a 3-unit upper-division tech elective in mechanical engineering (MENG).
Pre-requisite: None; some background in Art History will be helpful but not required
This course will survey museum practices in one of the world’s great cultural capitals: London. Students will explore the growth of public culture in England through the museum as a dynamic civic entity and will gain a complex understanding of these institutions as producers of national identity, economic strength and other highly nuanced (and also contested) meanings. Thinking critically about the place of these structures in the cultural geography of contemporary England will be another important emphasis of the course. Field trips to a variety of museums—including The Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Gallery and Tate Modern, The British Museum, The Courtauld Gallery, Wallace Collection, Imperial War Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum (to name only a few destinations)—will make up a significant part of the course, as will meetings with art world professionals, classroom discussions and readings devoted to the debates, history and theoretical justifications of museums throughout the world.
Additional Information:This course fulfills requirements for both major and minor in Art History as well as Fine Arts core.
This course will consider the social impact of periodic outbreaks of pestilence that have devastated London throughout its history. An important cultural and economic center that has long drawn people from across Europe and around the world, London has been vulnerable to sweeping epidemics of infectious disease brought to the shores of the British Isles by these visitors. We will examine how specific microbes responsible for the bubonic plague, cholera and influenza evolved to cause disease while rapidly spreading through crowded populations. We will also discuss how physicians treated various types of plague to understand how our perception of disease and the role of microbes have evolved with time. Our studies will be greatly enhanced by frequent visits to ancient graveyards that contain the remains of plague victims, museums, and to the district of Soho where the last deadly cholera epidemic led scientists to a final acceptance that microbes are indeed responsible for many human scourges.
Additional Information: This course is a lecture course only. No lab credit.
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 Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Sweeney Todd, Waiting 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: 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.
This course surveys the basic principles and techniques of security and investment analysis. It covers capital markets, stocks, fixed-income portfolios, options, futures contracts and other derivatives. Market analysis methods are examined, and sources of analytical information and their use are studied. The goal is for students to complete the course with a firm understanding of risk and return in the financial markets.
Additional Information: Course is required for the Finance Major.
This course will cover the exciting field of creating and breaking ciphers, from its early war time origins through its current everyday use in the internet age. Our focus will include number theory, group theory, probability, statistics and information theory. We will take several excursions around the London area,focusing on World War II and the devastating effects it had on the city and its citizens. This will remind us that the problems we are working on are not just interesting abstract questions, but were solved by people under great stress at a time when their very way of life was being challenged. One of the highlights will be a trip to Bletchley Park, where the German codes were first broken using methods and machines that laid the ground work for modern programmable computers.
Additional Information: This course counts for both the mathematics major and minor.
Two of the most influential moral philosophers in the history of philosophy are: Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, both of whom are credited with “inventing” utilitarianism, one of the most pervasive views of morality. Hence, the course begins by studying their works. Another strand of moral philosophy that developed out of the English context is moral sentimentalism, defended by Adam Smith and David Hume both English philosophers (technically Scottish, but both resided in London and are among the most prominent philosophers in the English-speaking world). Thus, the course segues from the early utilitarian thinkers, Mill and Bentham, to the Scottish Enlightenment thinkers Smith and Hume. As a final portion of the course, we will consider the works of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, both English philosophers who wrote political treatises during the time of the English civil war and the Glorious Revolution (the installment of William and Mary to the throne). Hobbes and Locke give us a unique opportunity to examine the political culture of England, English Government and its influences on American Government, including the American Revolution and the founding of the United States.
Additional Information: Fulfills Philosophy major requirement and Ethics core requirement.
Course description coming soon.
Additional Information: Fulfills upper division THRS Core requirement.
FRANCE, PARIS - ARTS & SCIENCES PROGRAM
Course description coming soon.
Additional Information: TBD
Course description coming soon.
Additional Information: TBD
FREN 201- Third Semester French
Professor: Dr. Richard Stroik
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.
Course description coming soon.
Additional Information: TBD
This course is interdisciplinary and provides an overview of engineering roles and opportunities to improve the sustainability of engineering products, processes and systems. Topics include carbon footprint, life cycle assessment, design for sustainability principles, wastes and recycling, energy, and water.
Additional Information: This course fulfills 3 units of engineering technical electives, applicable towards any engineering major.
FRANCE, PARIS & STRASBOURG - BUSINESS PROGRAM
Course description coming soon.
Additional Information: TBD
This course will expose students to careers in sustainability and corporate social responsibility through an examination of the best practices by the best companies; allow students to gain insights into the strategies used by companies to become more efficient and profitable, waste less and pollute less, all while making more profits, and will examine how the integration of cutting edge technology and design into buildings, new products and services can create a better world in which to live, work and play. There will be exciting field trips including learning about Champagne production, sightseeing in France, touring companies such as: the Smart Car Factory, Schneider Electric Innovation Center, Office and Home of the Future, BeCitizen (Visualization Software), and CBRE Sustainable Strategies (actual activities may change).
Additional Information: This course fulfills major or minor requirement in Management and/or Real Estate. Credit for Economics may be possible upon Department Chair appoval.
MGMT 309- International Comparative 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: Fulfills Management, International Business, Business Administration or International Relations major requirement.
SPAN 394/494- Guatemala: Cultural Legacies and Current Realities
Professor: Professor Victor Zambrano
Pre-requisite: For SPAN 394 credit: SPAN 202 or SPAN 212; For SPAN 494 credit: SPAN 301 or 311 AND SPAN 302 or 304 AND SPAN 303
This three-week 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: I. Mayan cultural legacies and present realities; II. Armed conflict, genocide, and justice; and III. 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 is a central feature; group reflections then follow all the on-site activities with a special focus on the symbolic dimensions of intercultural communication. 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. There will be two pre-departure sessions on campus at USD near the end of the Spring 2015 semester. This course may be used to fulfill three upper-division units for the Spanish Minor or three upper-division elective units for the Spanish Major at the 300-level.
The program is based in Antigua, where students will study the history of this colonial capital of the region. There will be an overnight excursion to the Kaqchiquel ruins at Iximche’ and the Lago de Atitlán in the highlands region. A day excursion to Guatemala City includes visits to the Ixchel and Popol Vuh Museums, the Myrna Mack Foundation, and the National Palace, among other sites. (Please note that this partial list is tentative and some sites may be changed due to different circumstances.)
Additional Information: This course may be used to fulfill three upper-division units for the Spanish Minor or three upper-division elective units for the Spanish Major at the 300-level.
INDIA, VARIOUS LOCATIONS (note: application deadline for this program is December 1, 2014)
For any courses in the India program, there will be required sessions held on-campus in Spring 2015
ENVI 494/PHIL 334: Dharma for Nature - Environmental Issues in India
Professor: Dr. Ron Kaufmann & Dr. Mark Woods
Pre-requisite: Upper division standing if taking PHIL 334; For ENVI credit prerequisites are: one lower-division life science course and one lower-division physical science course
This team-taught upper-division course will explore significant environmental issues in India, the world's second most populous nation, using perspectives from science, philosophy, spirituality and the social sciences. Responses by people, organizations and governments to environmental challenges are informed by many factors, and are especially complicated when social, economic and political conditions create unjust outcomes for certain groups. Understanding the nature of human responses to environmental issues and forming well-reasoned positions about courses of action requires solid knowledge of the spiritual, philosophical, social and scientific aspects of the issues being considered. This course will focus on current environmental issues confronting India. One important topic will be the Ganges River, one of the most sacred and most polluted bodies of water in the world. This course will include two days in Dharamsala with the Dalai Lama, who will join us for discussions about the role of spirituality in addressing environmental issues facing the world today.
Additional Information: ENVI 494 fulfills upper-division non-science elective for Environmental Studies majors and minors; PHIL 334 fulfills the Ethics core requirement and the meets requirement for Philosophy major and minor as well as the "Environmental Justice" requirement for Environmental Studies major and minor.
This course will offer a critical exploration of India’s democracy and pluralism that will serve as a backdrop for examining the quest of the Tibetan exile community in India to protect their identity and culture from extinction even as they seek to return to their homeland. Indian democracy operates in a country of sub-continental size, colliding cultures, searing poverty, and a bulging youth population. It also houses a polyglot population that is divided along caste, class, and religious lines. In this vast civilizational space with competing interests jostling for attention, what points of access and influence are available to an exile community whose political aspirations straddle international boundaries? How does the Indian government reconcile the values of compassion and redress on behalf of a community’s grievances against a powerful neighbor, namely China? How do India’s relations with China affect New Delhi’s position on the Tibet question? In what ways are political borders both palpable barriers to movement and sites of exchange? The in-country environment will provide a living laboratory for on-the-ground observation and interaction that will allow students to experience what they are reading and discussing.
Additional Information: This upper-division course (POLS 494) will count toward the Political Science and International Relations major. POLS 594 will count toward elective course work in the Master of International Relations program.
India is the source of a number of the world’s most fascinating religious traditions. In this course, we will visit India to study its colorful religious diversity, especially in terms of attitudes toward nature, social practice, and—not the least—concepts of self and salvation. Focus will be on Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. While our visit with the Dalai Lama will perhaps be the highlight of the course, the experience will include visits to many amazing religious and cultural sites, and encounters with other extraordinary people. Course readings, which will give essential background knowledge and critical awareness, will be carefully synchronized with experiential immersion.
Additional Information: This course will fulfill requirements for THRS Core credit (upper-division) and for THRS major and minor credit.
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.
PHIL 330: Ethics - Liberty & Its Opponents
Professor: Dr. Brian Clack
In this class, we will explore some central issues in ethics, utilizing our location in Jamaica as an opportunity to focus our attention on the vital and living issues of personal liberty. We will begin by exploring (a) the most important moral theories (deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics) and (b) the relation between religion and morality. This latter issue will allow us to explore the ways in which religion historically has had both a positive and a negative effect upon moral behavior and the treatment of others. One dramatic example of the latter effect was the church's role in the transatlantic slave trade, and we will use our Jamaican setting to explore this matter, also investigating the manner in which philosophers (such as Aristotle and Aquinas) justified slavery. Since slavery is the most extreme example of the denial of liberty, the remainder of the class will (by sustained attention to John Stuart Mill's classic text On Liberty) focus on matters of personal liberty, an issue again brought into prominence by our location in Jamaica, where homosexuality is illegal.
Additional Information: Fulfills Ethics core 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.
SOUTH AFRICA, CAPE TOWN & JOHANNESBURG
This study abroad opportunity offers students a unique opportunity to visit South Africa and to learn more about its history, politics, and culture. This course will examine the origins of segregation and apartheid in the history of South Africa and assess the prospects for a successful political and economic transformation in the post-apartheid era. As a country that is two decades removed from apartheid rule, the study of South African politics and history will enable students to think critically about the legacy of authoritarian rule, democratization, and race and ethnic reconciliation. 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 ten days in Cape Town and four days in the Johannesburg area. Each of these regions offer the student different perspectives on South African history and politics and students will witness first-hand the diversity in this country. In addition to visiting museums, historical sites, and political institutions, the students will also meet a variety of South Africans in their communities. These experiences will introduce students to different cultural traditions and practices that students can then share with their friends and family in the United States.
Additional Information: Course fulfills the core curriculum requirement of either Social Science or History.