Diversity & Inclusion Requirement

Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

The diversity and Inclusion course requirement serves as a key curricular component of the University of the Pacific’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. The diversity and inclusion 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 3 units of officially designated diversity and inclusion coursework. While this is usually met by one course, courses may be combined to reach the 3-unit total.

This requirement is applicable to all students who have enrolled at Pacific on or after fall 2010.

Post Baccalaureate Students

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 http://web.pacific.edu/x7909.xml.

Students who wish to petition for a transfer course to meet the diversity requirement may contact the Director of General Education.

Objectives of the Diversity and Inclusion Course Requirement

Diversity and Inclusion courses will help students 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.) A course or series of courses in this category must fulfill all of the following:

  1. Help students articulate their own developing understanding of social difference and its impact on their discipline, personal life and society as a whole.
  2. Help students express, in both oral and written 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. Help students demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of how social institutions and individuals respond to issues of difference.