College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is a liberal arts college that is both historically and educationally the core of USD. The intellectual disciplines within Arts and Sciences assist students in developing a coherent, integrated and rich world view. Students in the college spend their undergraduate years discovering themselves as individuals, probing the commonalities of our lives on this planet, and deepening their appreciation of the sacred. In all disciplines in the college, the meanings of life in all its forms and processes are explored. Likewise, each intellectual discipline in the college reflects a sense of community by involving students in a network of scholars. Many areas in Arts and Sciences immerse students in intensive study of the patterns of human, social and cultural organization. In addition, all curricula in the college emphasize higher order cognition and the centrality, precision and integrity of written and oral communication.
The intellectual vitality of arts and sciences is manifested at three levels:
- Exposure to the most current information on our complex social and physical worlds
- Cross-disciplinary integration of methods and perspectives
- Rigorous application through writing, research, oral communication, creative expression and personal-career development.
Arts and sciences faculty, then, are dedicated to a cooperative effort with students to construct knowledge from information, to shape wisdom from knowledge, and to secure competence that is united with conscience and a sense of values. Success will be evidenced in a renewed wonder at life, increased self-discipline and a more refined sense of the potential of community.
Compass Career Readiness Program
In addition to satisfying the university requirements for the bachelor's degree, each student with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete the Compass Career Readiness Program. The Compass Program is designed to support students as they navigate the transition to their post-graduate life. Through the program, students will learn to recognize the connections between their interests and academic choices. They will also explore how academic experiences can be translated into career opportunities, valuable skills and professional networks. In short, Compass will enhance the student’s understanding of a USD degree by emphasizing the value of their liberal arts education and its application to their future goals.
Program Requirements: Complete 10 Compass Points
Four Core Points, which can be satisfied by:
- Participating in an orientation after declaring the major (1 pt)
- Attending a networking event (1 pt)
- Attending an Articulating the Value of your Liberal Arts session (1 pt)
- Completing the Senior Survey during the final semester at USD (1 pt)
Six Flexible Points, which can be satisfied by attending Compass Program events and/or participating in experiential education, for example, internships, research.
Student Participation in the Compass Program
- A student declares a major in the College of Arts and Sciences. After declaration, the student receives an email from the Career Development Center and the Dean’s Office, welcoming them to the College and letting them know that they can complete an orientation that explains the Compass program. Transfer students may attend a Compass orientation as part of the Transfer Orientation process.
- After declaring their major, a student must complete the Compass Program requirements at least 30 days before their graduation. A student can earn up to three of the flexible points prior to declaring a major.
- Students can track their progress toward completion of the Compass Program through the MySanDiego portal.
- Students who double major only complete one USD career readiness program. Students who switch majors to a new academic unit may take their points with them.
For more information visit, Compass Career Readiness Program.
Noelle Norton, PhD, Dean
Stephanie M. Bernasconi, MA, Assistant Dean
Neena Din, PhD, Associate Dean
Ron Kaufmann, PhD, Associate Dean
Frances Nagem Kuhn, MBA, Assistant Dean
Kristin C. Moran, PhD, Associate Dean
Pauline Berryman Powell, MS, Assistant Dean
Rae Anderson, PhD, Chair, Department of Physics and Biophysics
Bradley J. Bond, PhD, Chair, Department of Communication Studies
Emily Edmonds-Poli, PhD, Chair, Department of Political Science and International Relations
Colin Fisher, PhD, Chair, Department of History
May Fu, PhD, Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies
Sarah Gray, PhD, Chair, Department of Environmental and Ocean Sciences
Jerome L. Hall, PhD, Chair, Department of Anthropology
David Harnish, PhD, Chair, Department of Music
Mary Hotz, RSCJ, PhD, Chair, Department of English
Rebecca Ingram, PhD, Chair, Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures
Anne Koenig, PhD, Chair, Department of Psychological Sciences
Sue Lowery, PhD, Chair, Department of Biology
Cameron Parker, PhD, Chair, Department of Mathematics
Jessica Patterson, PhD, Chair, Department of Art, Architecture + Art History
Joseph Provost, PhD, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Thomas E. Reifer, PhD, Chair, Department of Sociology
Emily Reimer-Barry, PhD, Chair, Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Scott Ripley, PhD, Chair, Department of Theatre
Lori Watson, PhD, Chair, Department of Philosophy