College of Arts & Sciences Farber Center


Civic Leadership is an 18-hour Minor designed to complement any undergraduate major at USD. It is also available as an emphasis at the Graduate Level with the Master of Public Administration degree.

The program combines academic instruction, enrichment opportunities, and civic leadership experience, with an emphasis on: 

  • Major theories of leadership and citizenship.
  • The dynamics between leaders and followers.
  • The impact of differing cultural, social, gender, ethnic, religious, and political views on civic leadership.
  • The uses and misuses of power that can occur in leadership situations.
  • The role of ethics and law in framing and resolving civic problems.

Our program offers you exceptional enrichment opportunities in addition to comprehensive course offerings and hands-on civic leadership experience in area communities.

After Graduation

Our graduates can be found working in the highest levels of media, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. Both public and private sector employers are increasingly aware of the benefits of an education that includes leadership studies. 


The W. O. Farber Center is host to many Civic Events throughout the year, including:

  • Farber Forums
  • Girls State
  • Legacy of Leadership
  • Mount Rushmore Institute
  • Youth Leaders Awards Luncheon
  • Youth Congress


Civic Leadership awards and scholarships are available for freshmen and upper-level students. Eligibility requires that Leadership Studies Minors also be Majors in Political Science and/or Criminal Justice.

Farber Fund

Now totaling approximately $4.5 million, the Farber Fund provides more than $170,000 each year for Political Science and Criminal Justice majors to attend conferences, participate in study tours, complete internships, travel abroad and conduct research. We know of no other university in the nation with this amount of money available in a single department for students.

About Doc Farber

Read more about our namesake on our About Doc Farber page.