Cross-Disciplinary Majors and Programs
The College of the Pacific offers a variety of cross-disciplinary majors in which two areas of study are combined. The College also offers multi-disciplinary majors such as liberal studies which draw upon the resources of several departments and programs. The cross-disciplinary programs are directed by faculty members from the cooperating departments. Students interested in one of the following programs should contact the directors of the program listed below for specific information.
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Geological and Environmental Science Major (BS)
Laura Rademacher, Chair
The Bachelor of Science in Geological and Environmental Science is offered through the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences with the cooperation of several departments in the College and prepares students with the practical skills and knowledge required to critically evaluate environmental problems and issues and provide applied solutions.
See Geological and Environmental Sciences for degree requirements.
Geological and Environmental Studies Major (BA)
Laura Rademacher, Director
The geological and environmental studies major is a liberal arts degree program that provides a multi-disciplinary approach to the environmental issues and concerns that are a hallmark of the early 21st century. It may be especially useful to students who are already pursuing a major in one of the contributing fields, but it may also appeal to students who simply wish to consider the environment and its problems from a variety of perspectives.
See Geological and Environmental Studies for degree requirements.
Ethnic Studies Minor
Xiaojing Zhou, Director
Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary program. It provides students with multiple models of critical theories and methodologies for examining the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, and class in the historical formations of the United States, with an emphasis on the experiences and perspectives of historically disenfranchised populations such as African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. Incorporating courses offered in various schools and departments, its curriculum broadens students’ major fields of study, prepares students for interdisciplinary studies at the graduate level, and enhances students’ employment opportunities in law, education, business, medicine, government, communication, and social services, among other professions.
See ethnic studies program for minor requirements.
Gender Studies Minor
Traci Roberts-Camps, Director
The Gender Studies Program at Pacific is a thriving interdisciplinary consortium of faculty and students committed to both a curricular and cultural environment supportive of the study of gender. We are interested in how gender intersects with definitions of nationality, race, ethnicity, and class; and how gender identities are constantly redefined over time. By exploring the relationship between gender identity and cultural meaning, we prepare students to think comparatively, structurally, and critically about their experiences and impact on the world. The dialogue we foster among the liberal arts, natural sciences, and the professions enriches the intellectual life of Pacific’s students and faculty, as well as our surrounding community.
See gender studies program for minor requirements.
Latin American Studies Program
Susan Girladez, Director
Latin American Studies
Latin American Studies (LAS) is a broad program that encompasses an academic minor, support of the Summer Spanish Immersion Program in Antigua, Guatemala, the Danzantes de Pacific Ballet Folklórico, the Spanish language honor society and coordination of related cultural and educational activities. The program maintains close ties to Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Latino Outreach and the Multi-Cultural Center.
Latin American/U.S. Latin@ Studies
Latin American/U.S. Latin@ Studies is an interdisciplinary minor designed to provide cultural and linguistic competencies that deepen the intellectual experience and provide a competitive edge in the job market. Students in the minor will examine the present and past cultures of Latin America, develop communicative competence in at least one of the languages of Latin America, explore the conception of diverse communities and engage in the challenges of the future of the region in a global context. The minor is open to majors in all schools and disciplines. Students may choose a concentration in Latin American or U.S. Latin@ Studies suited to individual academic interests and professional goals.
See Modern Language and Literature for minor requirements.
Liberal Studies Major (BA)
Gregory Rohlf, Director
The Department of Religious Studies offers the Liberal Studies major, which is designed for students who seek a diversified major program within College of the Pacific. It includes a breadth requirement, core major requirements, and a disciplinary or interdisciplinary concentration.
See religious studies department for degree requirements.
Cynthia Ostberg, Director
The Political Science Department offers a Pre-Law Program to assist students preparing for law school. The program includes a Pre-Law minor, meetings and programs to provide information about applying to law schools and the Law School Admissions Test, and an advisor for all students preparing for law school. Since law schools prefer that students major in a regular field, the Pre-Law minor is designed to complement the student’s major with coursework that helps prepare for the law school admissions test, and which also strengthens students’ skills in areas they need in law school.
See political science department for minor requirements.
Pacific Legal Scholars Program
Cynthia Ostberg, Director
The Pacific Legal Scholars Program offers students interested in pursuing a career in law the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and a JD degree in an abbreviated period of time. The program offers both a 3+3 and 4+3 track, each with specific admissions requirements. Qualified students complete all major and general education course requirements, 3 seminar classes for law school preparation, and a number of off-campus law-related activities. Common majors for students in the program include Political Science, Business, International Relations, English, Communications, Psychology, History, Sociology, and Economics.
See the program director for degree and program requirements in Political Science.
Self-Designed Major (BA)
Marcia Hernandez, Associate Dean
A unique opportunity for students who have special academic or career objectives not directly met by existing majors is the “self-designed’’ major. Students may pursue either an interdisciplinary program or a discipline specific program of study as part of the self-designed major. In this program a student works with several faculty members to construct a major organized around a particular theme or interdisciplinary course of study or around a specific discipline offered in the College which does not have a regular major program. All self-designed majors must be approved by the Associate Dean of the College.
See the College Academic Affairs Office (WPC 111) for degree requirements.
Marcia Hernandez, Associate Dean
Students interested in designing their own minor program around a specific area of interest or field of study offered in the College may do so by declaring a Thematic Minor. The student with a declared major and a minimum 2.65 grade point average may select the Thematic Minor so long as it does not duplicate or closely parallel an existing major or minor. The Thematic Minor must contain at least 20 units, normally five courses. No course may count for both the student’s major and the Thematic Minor, and no more than one course may be completed outside the University. Some advanced courses must be included.
See the College Academic Affairs Office (WPC 111) for minor requirements.
Major Programs for Students Seeking a Teaching Credential
A student in the College of the Pacific who seeks a Single Subject (SS) preliminary credential through the University of the Pacific must complete: a major leading to a baccalaureate degree, passage of state examinations: CBEST and CSET examinations for the teaching area; a course or successful test on the Constitution of the United States; and specified professional preparation courses offered by the School of Education. The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) must be passed before a candidate may student teach or intern. CPR Certification is required for a preliminary credential. See the section on the School of Education in this catalog for information on CBEST. Students who seek entry into Teacher Education Credential Candidacy need a minimum GPA of 2.5 in undergraduate coursework, and the University of the Pacific GPA.
A student in the College who seeks a credential may complete any major program. However, the College offers specified baccalaureate degree programs which fulfill the degree requirements and help with CSET preparation.
Students can pursue single subject credentialing for Art; English; Mathematics; Sciences (see Biology); Science: Chemistry, Physics or Geoscience; Spanish; Physical Education (see Sport Sciences); Social Sciences (see History) and Music Education. CSET examinations in these fields are required. The Department of Music Education provides a state-approved subject matter program.
The department major programs recommended for the Single Subject areas are described in the departmental sections of this catalog. Students may also check with the Academic Affairs Office of The College (WPC 111) to learn more about subject matter test preparation for a credential. Information is available at the CSET website.
Information about curriculum courses in the School of Education required for teacher preparation as well as state requirements are available in room 102, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Room 108, Credentials office, in the School of Education building. See also the section in the catalogue for the Benerd School of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Social Sciences Major (BA)
Gregory Rohlf, Adviser
The Social Sciences major is an interdisciplinary program that provides training in History, Political Science, Sociology, Economics and Geography. Social Sciences students learn both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in their exploration of human society. Graduates may pursue careers such as business administration, government, law, law enforcement, human resources, and public policy. The major is also designed for students interested in high school teaching and coaching. The major is aligned with the Social Science subject matter exam on the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Prospective teachers must earn a passing score on the the Social Sciences CSET exam to be certified as teachers. Students completing the Social Sciences major in the College of the Pacific may also concurrently complete the Single Subject Credential through the Benerd School of Education.
The major is housed in the History department and shares learning outcomes with the History major. See the history department for degree requirements.
Programs in the Health Professions*
C. Vierra (Biology), Chair
J. Lin-Cereghino (Biology), Assistant Chair
Pre-Health Professions Committee
Pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, pre-nursing and medical technology students may major in any academic subject they prefer as long as they also fulfill the entrance requirements for the medical, dental, nursing schools, or physical therapy programs, or medical technology programs to which they plan to apply.
The University does not list a pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-physical therapy or pre-nursing major. A student in any of these programs must declare an academic major prior to graduation in order to be a candidate for a baccalaureate degree in the College of the Pacific.
Details of these and other programs appear in this catalog under the section describing the departmental majors and cross-disciplinary majors of the College of the Pacific and the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Pre-physical therapy Advantage Program).
Advisors: D. Maxwell (Biology), C. Vierra (Biology), A. Franz (Chemistry)
The following courses are suggested as only a minimum preparation for medical school: one year of general chemistry; one year of organic chemistry; one year of beginning biology plus an additional three to five courses in biology; one year of physics; one semester each of calculus and statistics; and additional coursework in English (one year), behavioral and social sciences and humanities.
Advisors: M. McCallum (Chemistry), D. Maxwell (Biology), L. Wrischnik (Biology), E. Thomas (Biology), J. Lin-Cereghino (Biology), G. Lin-Cereghino (Biology), C. Vierra (Biology), K. Land (Biology), D. Weiser (Biology), M. Gridi-Papp (Biology).
The following courses are suggested as only a minimum preparation for most dental schools: one year of general chemistry; one year of organic chemistry; four semesters of biology; one year of general physics (all with lab); and one year of English which includes one course in composition. Note: One year in English requirement can be met by Pacific Seminar I and II.
Publications on Admissions Requirements
Medical School Requirements, USA and Canada, Association of American Medical Schools, One Dupont Circle NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Admission Requirements of U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools, American Association of Dental Schools, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-2212.
Correspondence regarding the Pre-Dental Program should be directed to L. Wrischnik, Department of Biological Sciences. Correspondence regarding the Pre-Medical Program should be directed to D. Maxwell, Department of Biological Sciences. Correspondence regarding the other programs in the Pre-Health Professions should be directed to D. Maxwell, Department of Biological Sciences.
College of the Pacific Courses
COPD 010. COP Exploratory Deans Seminar. 1 Unit.
This is a general introduction to make a successful transition to college. Emphasis is on styles of learning, research, writing and presentation skills, collaborative learning, critical thinking and self-assessment. This course also provides a format for COP Exploratory students to gain exposure to a variety of disciplines within and outside of The College. Recommended for all COP Exploratory first year students. Offered only in the Fall.
COPD 093. Special Topics. 4 Units.
COPD 193. Special Topics. 1-4 Units.