Program Overview

About USD's Honors Program

Introduced in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1979, the Honors Program was established to promote interdisciplinary learning and undergraduate research, strengthen the intellectual climate of the campus, and maintain the vision of the liberal arts as central to the college experience.

Students in the Honors Program benefit from an enriching interdisciplinary curriculum that prepares them for meaningful careers, graduate school and/or professional programs. Honors classes are small and interactive, and the Honors faculty members are among the best on campus. Honors students develop close relationships with these faculty members, who instruct, mentor and collaborate with students across their time at USD.

Honors students take classes that integrate their own major area(s) of study and the university's core curriculum requirements. These courses span the university, from the College of Arts and Sciences, to the School of Business, to the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. Students also complete their own senior thesis project for the Honors Program, which they present publicly during their senior year and may publish digitally if they choose.

In addition to the many benefits of small, dynamic Honors sections of courses and the chance to conduct independent research, Honors students enjoy many extracurricular opportunities offered by the Honors Program (such as cultural excursions, social events, speakers, student-faculty gatherings). They also benefit from one-on-one advising from the Honors Program staff, as well as priority registration each semester.

To celebrate students' intellectual journeys and academic achievements at USD, Honors students who complete all requirements of the program receive special recognition at Commencement, the Honors Convocation, and the Deans' Honors Reception.

For more detailed information, please consult the Honors Program Brochure.Honors grads 2

If you would like to contribute to the Honors Program, please contact Ericka Swensson at