Our civic leadership program focuses on public leadership skills with courses in political science, business administration, psychology and sociology, all tools critical to helping individuals and communities identify, address and resolve public problems.

The W. O. Farber Center's Civic Leadership program is the only leadership program in the state and the oldest, most well-established program in the Midwest. The Templeton Foundation has identified the program as one of the best of its kind in the nation and lists USD among its "Colleges that encourage character development."

The South Dakota Board of Regents established the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership in the fall of 1997 as a Center of Excellence.