Curriculum

Curriculum at USD

The curriculum at University of San Diego is a primary responsibility of the faculty. Each academic unit has a curriculum approval procedure and governance structure for the curriculum that falls under their respective unit. 

The undergraduate Core curriculum is the expression of the two great traditions that animate the University of San Diego: liberal arts education and the Catholic intellectual tradition. By carrying on the humanist project of free inquiry, the liberal arts teach us to think critically. We learn to examine the world, to question assumptions, and to cultivate self-reflection – habits of mind which are essential for our students as they become adults and citizens. These ideals are also essential to the spiritual and ethical values of USD's Catholic mission. The distinctive idea of a Catholic university puts particular emphasis on academic excellence in the liberal arts, and on critical reflection as a key ingredient in our spiritual welfare. By thinking about both reason and faith, our students uphold the dignity and aspirations of all people. The Core reflects these traditions, and it simultaneously turns toward the complex realities of the present. The vibrancy and relevance of a USD education depends in no small part on a Core that can evolve with its students, and with our rapidly changing, diverse world.