Honors Program


The University of San Diego Honors Program provides motivated, passionate and engaged students with opportunities that will support the achievement of their intellectual goals. The program emphasizes teaching excellence, small seminar-style classes and a curriculum of innovative courses. Honors students have numerous opportunities for interaction with faculty, specialized course work, undergraduate research and focused academic advising.


USD faculty designed the Honors Program to fulfill the following objectives:

  • Challenge students to develop their talents to their fullest potential.
  • Promote critical thinking and problem solving from perspectives that cut across standard disciplinary boundaries.
  • Foster interactions with faculty in small classes and informally through co-curricular activities and research collaboration.
  • Nurture students' independent scholarship in their majors through original research projects that constitute the basis for the Senior Thesis Seminar.
  • Prepare students to transition to careers, graduate and professional educational programs with a skill set that includes superior written and oral expression, interdisciplinary understanding and original thought.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking and Written Communication: Students produce a clearly written, discipline-specific thesis that analyzes a complex problem or addresses a significant research question with insight and imagination.
  • Information Literacy: Students produce an original and thoroughly researched thesis that utilizes evidence in a convincing manner; synthesizes primary and secondary sources; and cites references appropriately.
  • Oral Communication: Students deliver an oral presentation on their thesis project that is well organized, effectively delivered, knowledgeable and appropriate for a multi-disciplinary audience.
  • Interdisciplinary Learning: Students independently create whole arguments out of multiple parts (synthesize) or draw conclusions by combining examples, facts or theories from more than one field of study or disciplinary perspective.

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