History Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Explore the past, understand the present and plan for the future in a global society.

The outstanding faculty in the history department are not only innovative researchers but excellent and inspiring teachers dedicated to helping students master important skills that will serve them for the rest of their life. In the history major, USD students learn how to write and speak with precision, use evidence effectively, make convincing arguments and place current events in historical context.

After graduating, USD history majors have gone on to graduate programs in law, business, medicine, urban planning, and history. They have also used their history degree to pursue successful and rewarding careers in law, business, teaching (at the college, high school, and elementary school levels), public service (including politics, public administration, foreign service, public policy analysis, public health, and urban planning) and museum historical preservation work.