About the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the core of the undergraduate academic experience at the University of San Diego. It delivers a values-based liberal arts education to all undergraduate students and prepares them to flourish in their pursuit of academic excellence and personal achievement.

Welcome to the Heart of USD

Where Students Thrive in the Liberal Arts and Sciences


The liberal arts are demanding and multidisciplinary. They are flexible. They educate dynamic global citizens.

A student of the liberal arts thinks imaginatively, cultivates a sense of wonder, and feels empathy with people both in the past and in the present. Most importantly, a liberal arts education helps students understand who they are, what they are passionate about, and how they can use their talents, skills and perspectives to engage with the world.

A liberal arts education is both personally rewarding and thoroughly practical.

One of the most common questions we get concerns what a liberal arts education can be used for. The short answer is everything. The liberal arts train the mind and nourish the spirit like no single discipline can.

  • 28 majors
  • 35 minors
  • 3 graduate programs
  • 19 departments