The Academic Path

You are a student.

It seems simple enough, but what exactly does a student do? How does one take advantage of the wisdom and learning that happens in the classrooms? You have many opportunities to study new topics, meet experts in the field, and connect your degree to the wider world. Start here and explore and engage beyond the classroom.

You are at the University of San Francisco, what better place to pursue a liberal arts education. A major is a significant area of study for a student, often specializing in a content area. A minor is also has a significance but has less content than a major. Some programs have areas of concentrations that will allow you to customize your major/minor that will better suit your interests.

Explore your path

There are so many  events on campus; it's show me that it's important to be exposed to as many things as possible.

- Sabrina, SOC  '19

Talking to faculty is probably one of the best ways to engage more deeply with the content; from how to better understand the material as well as how to learn the material in a more effective way. Visit your faculty during office hours held weekly. Your faculty will post office hours in the syllabus and in the department office.

Online advising

Gleeson Library has so many events, every day. I really enjoyed working there.

- Jaycee, BS Chem '22

One of the hallmarks of a liberal arts degree is a well-rounded education, exposing students to subjects outside of the chosen major. The Core Curriculum consists of 11 content areas that allow a student to pick and choose classes that suit their interests and study in different disciplines. Consult with your faculty adviser for advising on the core to help you explore.

Small classes helped me to get to know teachers and got them to know me.

- Lexy, Bio '20

Faculty are essential to your experience at USF, not only are they teachers, but they are mentors to help you through your coursework and find connection to careers you are interested in. Visit during office hours and always make an effort to meet with your faculty early on in the semester.

The openness of professors really shows that they care about us.

- Adolfo, Psych '22