Thurgood Marshall College (TMC) affords students the advantages of attending a small liberal arts college within a world-class research university. Distinguished faculty and an excellent student body contribute to UCSD's rise to national prominence within its short history.
TMC was founded in 1970 as Third College with a philosophical commitment to the development of the scholar and citizen. In July of 1993, the college adopted its new name in honor of the historic Supreme Court Jurist, Thurgood Marshall. Justice Thurgood Marshall was widely known for his profound contributions to American life, and dedication to breaking down barriers to universal education.
Thurgood Marshall College offers a variety of general education requirements to choose from, including:
Unique to Marshall College is the Dimensions of Culture (DOC) Program, a core interdisciplinary writing sequence with themes of Diversity, Justice, and Imagination. TMC Honors Seminar, taught by UCSD faculty and distinguished community leaders, consists of weekly seminars on topics related to the themes of DOC.
Marshall College sponsors a Public Service minor for all UCSD students, as well as Public Service option with which TMC students can satisfy general education requirements. This course of study prepares students to serve as tutors and mentors at selected public schools in the area, including the Preuss School on the UCSD campus and the Gompers Preparatory Academy in Southeast San Diego.
In addition, TMC sponsors the African American Studies Minor (AASM) for all UCSD students. The minor enriches many majors and adds dimensionality to graduate and professional school applications. UCSD established AASM in the Fall of 2005. Building on the successful Contemporary Black Arts minor, the new AASM is an interdisciplinary field of study in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
The Marshall College Blog presents fascinating articles and interviews on all matters of culture, arts, and politics.
Over the many decades, TMC has launched significant academic departments and programs on campus such as Ethnic Studies, Communications, Urban Studies and Planning, and Third World Studies.
TMC has a strong two-year leadership program designed to make students a vital part of college governance. All students at TMC are encouraged to become active members of the college, campus, and outside local communities.
Dedication of Thurgood Marshall College, UC San Diego in 1993: