April 29, 2003


The Thurgood Marshall College Faculty has voted to modify the general education and graduation requirements of the College. The faculty reviewed the disciplinary breadth requirement for high unit majors. The disciplinary breadth requirement for other high majors - and all majors - is four courses including two at the upper division level. Presently, majors with a B.S. in Engineering are required to take three noncontiguous courses to the major, including two upper division courses. In 1991 when the new Marshall GE was implemented, engineering majors were given a break of one lower division disciplinary breadth course because of the size of the major. The College proposes changing the requirement for engineering majors to be in line with that of all other majors; therefore, requiring engineering majors to complete four disciplinary breadth courses - two lower division and two upper division.
This revision is not expected to be detrimental to student progress in completing the degree in a timely way. The College has found most engineering majors bring in enough units though AP and transfer credit to meet the lower-division requirement. Almost 90% of past Marshall students brought in AP units. Of this year's 121 entering engineering majors, all but nine have cleared the lower division breadth requirement through AP or transfer credit. We believe, therefore, that adding one course for disciplinary breadth would not hamper students' progress and would add value to their education.
All colleges except Marshall specify "units in general" as the upper division measure for the graduation requirement. To better accommodate six-unit courses from the UC's and from EAP and the increase in 1, 2, and 3 unit labs, the Faculty proposes to adopt the sixty-unit measure. This will give students more flexibility in meeting the requirements and reduces the number of petitions for exceptions.
The proposed amendments were approved by the Committee on Educational Policy on February 11, and have been found by the Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction to be consonant with the Code of the Academic Senate. The Faculty now request approval from the Representative Assembly of the San Diego Division to amend Regulation 615 as specified below.
  Michael Schudson, Acting Provost
Thurgood Marshall College
615. Academic Requirements of Thurgood Marshall College [En 1/25/72; Am 4/30/74]
  (A) General Requirements [Am 4/24/79; Am 10/16/84; Am 11/27/90]
  (1) Diversity, Justice and Imagination: A three-course sequence (16 units), the six-unit courses in Justice and Imagination offer intensive instruction in university-level expository writing. The sequence must be completed by the end of the first year in residence.
  (2) Humanities and Culture: Two courses (8 units) -- one course each from Ethnic Studies and Third World Studies.
  (3) Natural Science: Three courses -- one course each in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  (4) Mathematics and Logic: Two courses -- either two courses in Mathematics, or one course in Mathematics and one course in Computing.
  (5) Fine Arts: One course in Music, Theatre, or Visual Arts.
  (6) Disciplinary Breadth: Four courses -- to be chosen from disciplinary areas noncontiguous to the student's major. Two of the courses must be upper-division; at least one course must include significant writing. Students graduating with a B.S. in Engineering need complete only three courses requiring disciplinary breadth. The disciplinary areas include: Humanities/Foreign Language; Social Sciences; Natural Sciences; Mathematics/Engineering. Students may substitute fulfillment of the public service course option for one course in disciplinary breadth.
  (B) Graduation Requirements
  (1) The minimum requirement for graduation shall be the satisfactory completion of forty five (45) courses or the equivalent of one hundred eighty (180) total units, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or higher.
  (2) A minimum of fifteen (15) sixty (60) units of the forty five (45) courses one-hundred eighty (180) units must be upper division courses. [Am 11/27/90]
  (3) A minimum of nine (36 units) of the last eleven courses must be taken as a Marshall College student.
  (4) A departmental or interdisciplinary major must be completed.
  (5) The general education requirements shall be fulfilled.