Seminars and Pop-Up Courses

USD’s Humanities Center features short courses on topics of current interest that align with the Center’s mission and goals. Interdisciplinary courses that connect the humanities to other areas of study are especially encouraged. Faculty typically offer these courses in a seminar format to small groups of 12 to 20 students.

Most Humanities Center courses are offered for 1 unit on a P/F only basis, but other options are possible. Humanities Center seminar classes usually are scheduled at least six months in advance. Pop-up courses on especially timely topics may be offered with much shorter lead times.

Guidelines for Humanities Center seminar and pop-up courses are available for download. Questions should be sent to Ron Kaufmann at

Seminars and Pop-up Courses

Summer 2020

Free Summer Seminar for First-Year Students:

Pandemic Times: Human Experiences and Responses

  • C. Dominguez, Political Science and International Relations
  • A. Petersen, Languages, Cultures and Literatures


Fall 2020

Anti-Racism as Spiritual Praxis

  • C. Carter, Theology and Religious Studies

  • S. Schoen, Theology and Religious Studies


At Home with the Classics: Plato’s Republic

  • R. Abrecht, History

  • T. Wyman, Political Science and International Relations

Black Lives Matter: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  • M. Fu, Ethnic Studies

  • J. Tullis, Communication Studies

Populism, Paupers and Pandemics: Everything Old is New Again

  • M. McKenzie, Political Science and International Relations

  • 2019-20 Courses
  • 2018-19 Courses
  • 2017-18 Courses
  • 2016-17 Courses