Interdisciplinary Humanities 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

“Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities.” This was the headline in the Harvard Business Review (March 31, 2011). Author Tony Golsby-Smith, argued that people trained in the humanities “have learned to play with big concepts, and to apply new ways of thinking to difficult problems that can’t be analyzed in conventional ways.”

The Interdisciplinary Humanities major encourages creativity, innovative thinking, and the ability to connect complex ideas. Students gain skills (writing, critical thinking, speaking) and a voice in the larger conversation that culture provides. In every workplace, from engineering to television programming, employees find common ground in culture. They talk about books, films, art, and music. The study of the humanities, in all its variety and complexity, offers students the opportunity to explore their curiosity about the world; human nature; artistic innovation; and great ideas, past and present.

Students take the lead in designing their own major, drawing from classes in the following disciplines: Art, English, History, Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Theatre Arts, and Theology & Religious Studies. Students can also opt for one of the two other tracks in the major, European Studies or Asian Studies, which include options from Political Science and/or Sociology.