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England: London - USD Summer Program (Summer)
London, England (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 03/19/2014
Rolling Admission 06/26/2014 07/19/2014
NOTE: The ORIGINAL application deadline for this program was February 19, 2014. March 19, 2014 is the EXTENDED deadline for this program. In all cases, the International Studies Abroad refund policy adheres to the original application deadline date. Also, please do not book air travel until you have been accepted into the program and have received flight instructions.

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Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: 0 (in good academic standing)
Professor(s): Dr. Brian Clack, Dr. Cynthia Caywood, Dr. David Hay, Dr. Eric Pierson, Dr. Frank Jacobitz, Dr. Mitchell Malachowski, Dr. Tara Ceranic, Prof Steve Kemper Internships: No
Disciplines offered: Arts and Sciences - non science, Arts and Sciences - sciences, Business, Core Accomodations: Residence halls
Prerequisite(s): varies Program Advisor: Sabrina Kaiser -
Program Description:

Parliament and London Eye


USD Summer Program

Original Application Deadline: February 19, 2014 

Extended Application Deadline: March 19, 2014


London, the theater mecca, is one of the world's most exciting and visited cities. There are numerous sites to see in this bustling city, but the real joy of London is often found in exploring the lesser-known highways and byways. London is a surprisingly green city, featuring everything from small hidden squares to large public spaces such as Victoria, Hyde, Regents, and St. James' parks.

The University of San Diego's London Summer Program was founded in 2003 by its current faculty directors, Dr. Cythnia Caywood and Dr. David Hay.  The program's mission is to immerse students in the rich and complex culture of London and Britian, and each three unit course makes full use of the London location.  Courses combine classroom study with excursions, field trips, visits to theatres, museums and cathedrals, and guest speakers drawn from the rich world of British scholarly and cultural life.


Courses Offered Professor
CHEM 101: Chemistry and Sport Dr. Mitch Malachowski
COMM 480: British Media Dr. Eric Pierson
ENGL/THEA 494: London Plays in Production Dr. Cynthia Caywood & Dr. David Hay
ETLW 302: Business and Society Dr. Tara Ceranic
FINA 494: European Capital Markets Prof. Steve Kemper
MENG 260: Introduction to Thermal Sciences Dr. Frank Jacobitz
PHIL 330: Ethics & Moral Diversity Dr. Brian Clack

CHEM 101: Chemistry and Sport
Professor: Dr. Mitch Malachowsk
Pre-requisite: None
Chemistry 101 is a course designed for the non-science major that focuses on the major ideas of modern chemistry and the role that chemistry plays in a technological society. The evolution of our understanding of atomic and molecular structure and chemical reactivity will be examined as examples of the scientific method and the very human nature of the scientific endeavor. The role of modern chemistry in both the creation and the solution of societal problems will also receive considerable attention. There is a rich world of sport in England that we will use as our laboratory.  We will learn about structure and bonding and molecules and compounds by looking at their applications in various sports.  We will probe issues related to sport such as synthetic materials used in tennis rackets, golf clubs, soccer balls and bicycle frames, the use of polymers in clothing and artificial limbs, and the use of performance enhancing drugs such as steroids and human growth hormone.  We will study the functions of the body including the physiology of exercise, nutrition and health along with the benefits of sports drinks and snacks and the impact of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins on performance.  We will look into blood doping and its role in maximizing performance.  We will take many excursions to museums, sports venues and fields to see first hand examples of these topics.

Additional Information: Fulfills Physical Science core requirement

COMM 480: British Media
Professor: Dr. Eric Pierson

Pre-requisite: None
The goal of the course is to develop an awareness of international communication, with the United Kingdom as our focus. We will examine the way in which media systems are used to create national identities and shape cultural expectations. The course will highlight the role of public policy and globalization in the formation and maintenance of media systems. Through a daily series of questions and interactions with local media professionals, the course will examine to ways in which politics, culture, social normality, conflict, and civic responsibility are processed, in and outside of geographic boundaries. Trips to the BBC, BFI, Film London, The Guardian, and the Advertising Council will allow us the opportunity to compare British media systems to those in the United States.

Additional Information: Fulfills Communication Studies or International Relations major requirement.

ENGL/THEA 494: London Plays in Production
Professors: Dr. Cynthia Caywood & Dr. David Hay

Pre-requisite: None
Considering that London is the English speaking world’s  theatre capital, the course offers a unique opportunity for USD students to experience the wide diversity of London theatre, not only in terms of plays, but venues and types of productions.  Over the three weeks of the course, students usually see nine to ten plays as well as participate in field trips designed to provide context for their theatre work.  We book our “season” to reflect a wide variety of theatrical forms:  classical plays, such as last summer’s National Theatre production of Sophocles’ Antigone;  Shakespeare in a variety of venues; modern classics, such as Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, with Ian Richardson and Patrick Stewart; great musicals, such as Elton John’s Billy Elliot; off West-End experimental productions, such as homeless theatre company Cardboard Citizens in Mincemeat; and shows that often go on to become huge Broadway hits, such as War Horse.   We also include field trips that give context to what the students are reading and seeing.  In the past, for example, we have paired a Royal Shakespeare Company dramatization of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales with a walking tour of medieval London; Shakespeare’s Richard III with a visit to the Tower of London; backstage tours of both the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe; and visits to exhibitions and museums that provide insight into particular shows in our season. The primary objectives in the course are to help students understand better the centuries’ old rich tradition of London theatre and situate play and production with relevant ethnic, socio-political, cultural and historical contexts; and, to teach students to appreciate the vital role of artistic expression in British culture.

Additional Information: ENGL fuflills English major requirement and Literature core requirement. THEA fufills Theatre Arts major requirement and the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement (contact Sabrina Kaiser in the International Center for more information).

ETLW 302: Business and Society
Professor: Dr. Tara Ceranic

Pre-requisite: MGMT 300 + 60 units
This course examines principles of social responsibility, ethics, law, and stakeholder theory as they apply to organizations domestically and abroad. Coverage includes business ethics; individual versus societal interests; labor and employment issues; consumer protection; discrimination and diversity; the natural environment; politics, public policy, and government regulation of business. Particular attention is given to developing moral reasoning skills.

Additional Information: Course is required of all Majors in the SBA; fulfills the D requirement and meets the requirement for the Environmental Studies minor.

FINA 494: European Capital Markets
Professor: Prof. Steve Kemper

Pre-requisite: FINA 300

Finance 494, European Capital Markets, will survey the major elements and characteristics of major global capital markets with an emphasis on similarities and differences between US, European and ROW capital markets. The course will cover depository institutions, asset management firms, investment banking firms and other entities heavily involved in global financial markets. Along with strong theoretical grounding in portfolio theory, capital market theory and pricing models, students will gain a detailed understanding of the structures and characteristics of the major financial instruments including common stocks, bonds, futures, options and derivatives. Recent financial crisis issues including mortgage backed securities valuation and sovereign debt markets will be examined. Exposure to professional equity research and financial statement analysis will be included. The goal of the course is to build awareness, expertise and sensitivity to global financial markets and instruments so students would have the knowledge and skills to be successful working in a global investment bank. Historical context including social impacts, political constraints, companies' law and current issues will be examined. Students will be transformed into global financially savvy citizens with multi-country financial expertise and relationships.

Additional Information: Fulfills Finance, International Business, Business Administration or International Relations major requirement.

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MENG 260: Introduction to Thermal Sciences
Professor: Dr. Frank Jacobitz

Pre-requisite: MATH 151 and PHYS 270

MENG 260, Introduction to Thermal Sciences is a sophomore-level engineering course and is required for mechanical engineering (ME) students. This course is also a pre-requisite for junior-level ME classes. The course covers basic engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer with a strong focus on the first topic. Thermodynamics considers the effects of heat and work interactions on a substance and it is the foundation of energy conversion from thermal to mechanical and electrical forms. Such an energy conversion is found in most forms of power generation, including fossil fuel or nuclear power plants, internal combustion engines, and also renewable energy sources such as solar thermal power plants or ocean thermal energy conversion plants.

Additional Information: Fulfills a requirement for the electrical engineering (EE) and industrial and systems engineering (ISE) programs.

PHIL 330: Ethics & Moral Diversity
Professor: Dr. Brian Clack

Pre-requisite: None
This class will explore some major elements in moral philosophy, with a focus upon moral and cultural diversity.  The class will consider and evaluate the relativist and subjectivist conclusions often drawn from the facts of moral diversity, and will explore different religious systems of morality (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism) as well as the differences between religious and secular approaches to ethics.  Finally, we will explore some pressing issues of contemporary moral concern (such as abortion, euthanasia and sexual ethics) and consider the diversity of perspectives brought to bear upon each. London is an ideal setting for this course, since it is a highly diverse city, its variety of religious communities providing the perfect context for a consideration of contrasting religious systems of ethics. As a center of philosophical debate for centuries, London is full of places of interest of relevance to this class. As such, field trips may include visits to religious sites such mosques and churches; historical sites relevant to Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud (figures central to our class material); and relevant cultural sites such as museums and theatrical productions.

Additional Information: Fulfills Philosophy major requirement and Ethics core requirement.



Students will be living in single dorm rooms with a private bathroom and shared kitchen.  

For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. 



London Summer 2014 Calendar **Please note that mandatory course-related activities are NOT included in this calendar. Every course will have a number of mandatory course-related field trips and/or activities that will take place during some weekday afternoons.** 

This program is currently not accepting applications.