At USAO you will get a distinctive, transformative educational experience. Our innovative and creative core curriculum, combined with superior instruction in major fields of study, will prepare you to challenge and change the world in which you live--creating a future of your own.
The IDS Core Curriculum introduces students to key ideas across a range of disciplines including history, science, art, mathematics, literature, philosophy, economics, art and theatre.
Each course is purposefully placed to ensure that the student has the academic tools to relate new material to what has already been learned as well as communicate that understanding through speaking and writing.
We think that this kind of learning is so important that two or more professors lead most of these classes. That’s two or more people with the highest degree in their different fields demonstrating in real-time how different areas of study intersect with science, literature, history or math.
It costs us more to deliver this style of education for our students but we have 50 years of results to tell us that we are doing it right.
Majors and Minors
Choosing your career path is a big deal. Whatever your plan for your future, USAO will prepare you for whatever adventure and challenge lies ahead.