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Diversity Requirement



One goal of Pacific’s general education program is fundamentally personal: to enrich students’ self-understanding and expand their interests in preparation for a fulfilling life. Students are exposed to new intellectual, moral, spiritual, and aesthetic possibilities. Through the interaction with others from different backgrounds and the study of different disciplines, students come to understand who they are and the sources of their beliefs. They thus gain the skills to identify, express and analyze their beliefs and to fashion a philosophy of life that can guide them in their future endeavors. Students may also find life-long pleasure in learning, self-reflection, and conversation.

Diversity Requirement

The diversity course requirement serves as a key curricular component of the University of the Pacific’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. The diversity requirement contributes to students’ intercultural competencies and to an understanding of the complex connections among domestic diversity, globalism, and democracy.

The University of the Pacific requires that all students who earn a bachelor’s degree must successfully complete at least one 3-unit officially designated diversity course. [Exception: the two-unit INTL 151 and INTL 161 Cross Cultural Training courses may be combined to meet the diversity requirement.] This requirement is applicable to all students who have enrolled at Pacific on or after fall 2010.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer into the university on or after fall 2011 are required to complete a designated diversity course prior to graduation. Transfer students are defined in the General Education section of the catalog

Post Baccalaureate

Students who completed a Bachelor’s degree elsewhere and who are seeking an additional Bachelor’s degree at Pacific are exempt from this requirement.

Transfer Courses

The University diversity requirement can be met entirely, or in part, by the successful completion of an approved course at Pacific or at an approved college and university. Students who wish to meet this requirement by taking a course at a different college or university must first complete a Transfer Course Approval Request form, available at the Office of the Registrar in Knoles Hall or online at

Objectives of the Diversity Course Requirement

Students who complete any approved diversity course are able to articulate, in both written and oral forms, how notions of difference work within frameworks of social hierarchy. (Difference may be defined by such notions as age, class, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, language, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and/or socioeconomic status.)

Students who complete an approved “diversity course” are also able to do at least three of the following four tasks:

  1. Articulate their own developing understanding of social difference and its impact on their discipline(s), personal life and society as a whole;
  2. Express, in both written and oral forms, their understanding of how ideas and beliefs about diversity and difference in the United States have changed over time, identifying relevant historical movements and players;
  3. Demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of how social institutions and individuals respond to issues of difference;
  4. Apply their understanding of relevant theory and/or historical analysis of diversity to a specific “societal problem” for the purpose of developing solutions.

The full Text of the Diversity Course Requirement can be found at:

Diversity Courses

The courses listed below are approved to count toward the diversity course requirement which are infused throughout the General Education and major curricula.

The listing of diversity courses being taught during a particular term can be found using the search for class by attribute function on insidePacific. 

ANTH 053Cultural Anthropology4
ANTH 153Language and Culture4
ANTH 172Culture and Power4
BUSI 170Human Resources Management4
COMM 133Documentary Film as Persuasive Communication4
COMM 143Intercultural Communication4
EDUC 181ECE: Social Justice/Diversity3
ENGL 041British Literature before 18004
ENGL 126Environment and Literature4
ENGL 130Digital Chaucer4
ENGL 131Shakespeare4
ENGL 141Topics in British Literature Pre-18004
ENGL 144Medival Women Readers and Writers4
ENGL 145Romances of Magic in the West4
ENGL 161Topics in American Ethnic Literature4
ENGL 162Diasporic Asian American Literature4
ENGR 030Engineering and Computing Ethics in Society3
ETHN 011Introduction to Ethnic Studies4
GEND 011Introduction to Gender Studies4
HESP 141Sport, Culture and U.S. Society4
HESP 153Adapted Physical Education and Sport4
HIST 020United States History I4
HIST 021United States History II4
HIST 050World History I4
HIST 112History of the Holocaust4
HIST 120Native American History4
HIST 123Civil War Era4
HIST 132American Immigration4
HIST 133Women in United States History4
HIST 135Women in Time and Place4
HIST 167Gender in the History of Science/Medicine/Technology4
INTL 151Cross-Cultural Training I2
INTL 161Cross-Cultural Training II2
MHIS 006Music of the World's People3
MMGT 111Music Industry Analysis4
PHRM 111Pharmacy Practice and Professionalism3
POLS 104Urban Government4
POLS 134American Political Thought4
PSYC 017Abnormal and Clinical Psychology4
PSYC 129Advanced Lab in Developmental Psychology4
RELI 035Judaism4
RELI 104Religion of the Pharaohs4
RELI 128Social Topics in Early Christianity4
RELI 143Religion, Race, Justice in US4
SLPA 143Multicultural Populations3
SOCI 021Culture and Society4
SOCI 031Deviant Behavior4
SOCI 041Social Problems4
SOCI 051Introduction to Sociology4
SOCI 108Food, Culture and Society4
SOCI 111Environment and Society4
SOCI 123Sex and Gender4
SOCI 125Sociology of Health and Illness4
SOCI 141Race and Ethnicity4
SOCI 172Social Inequality4
SPAN 124Escritores hispanos en los Estados Unidos4
THEA 113What's Past is Prologue: Practice and Perspective in Theatre History I4
THEA 115What's Past is Prologue: Practice and Perspective in Theatre History II4