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United States Cultural Pluralism Requirement



Beginning with the 1994-97 Catalog, students are required to complete one USCP course. This requirement is fulfilled by courses in Major, Support, General Education (GE), or Free Elective category.



United States Cultural Pluralism (USCP) courses must focus on all of the following:

  • One or more diverse groups, as defined in the Cal Poly Statement on Diversity (see below), whose contributions to contemporary American society have been impeded by cultural conflict or restricted opportunities, as stated in the Diversity Learning Objectives
    (Cal Poly Statement on Diversity: The definition of diversity is specifically inclusive of, but not limited to, an individual's race/ethnicity, sex/gender, socioeconomic status, cultural heritage, disability and sexual orientation.)
  • Contemporary social issues resulting from cultural conflict or restricted opportunities, including , but not limited to, problems associated with discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, nationality, abilities, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or race
  • Critical thinking skills used by students to approach these contemporary social issues in a sensitive, responsible manner; examine their own attitudes; and consider the diverse perspectives of others
  • The contributions of people from diverse groups to contemporary American society

Proposing a USCP Course

To propose a course to meet the United States Cultural Pluralism (USCP) requirement, use the Course Proposal Form (Word document) and address each of the criteria. Follow the process for submitting new courses.

Academic Senate Resolution AS 676-09 (PDF) - supersedes the following:
Academic Senate Resolution AS-395-92/CC (PDF)
Academic Senate Resolution AS-361-91 (PDF)

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