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Dimensions of Culture Program

 

Please see updated FAQ page for answers about DOC 3 grades and DOC 1 mode of instruction.

Overview

The Dimensions of Culture Program (or DOC) constitutes the core of Thurgood Marshall College's general education requirement.  It is a required three-quarter sequence that provides a unified academic experience for all incoming students.  DOC courses are grounded in Marshall College's commitment to social justice, while meeting the UC system requirement that students demonstrate proficiency in writing.  Each quarter, students attend both large-class lectures taught by DOC faculty and small discussion section meetings guided by Teaching Assistants.


For information about DOC 100D, please see "Upper-Division DOC Courses" at left.

Learning Outcomes

Although each of UCSD’s seven colleges houses its own unique writing program, they share common goals. Among these are the learning outcomes reported to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for UCSD's accreditation. 

DOC students are expected to: 

  • develop and refine critical thinking skills
  • develop an ability to read, understand, and analyze diverse genres and formats
  • revise and refine written communication on the levels of argument, evidence, grammar, style, etc.
  • learn and follow a proper citation protocol (MLA)

UC Writing Requirement

Successful completion of the lower-division DOC sequence (1, 2, and 3) satisfies the University of California Writing Requirement, as well as part of the Thurgood Marshall College General Education requirements.  Prospective students must satisfy the University’s Entry Level Writing Requirement (formerly "Subject A") before enrolling in DOC 2 or DOC 3.

Letter for Admissions Officers at other institutions [pdf]

Lecturer Recruitment

The Dimensions of Culture Program is inviting applications for part time non-tenure track lectureships for 2021-22.  Apply before the review date to ensure full consideration by the committee(s).  Applications will continue to be accepted through December 2021, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. 

  • Lecturer of one (or more) Lower Division and/or Upper Division DOC course(s)
    • Appointments vary from one to three quarters.  Ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. degree in a pertinent field with research experience in intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and other categories of difference in U.S. society, history, and culture, as well as solid teaching experience in composition or other writing programs in a University setting.  Last review date: February 28, 2021.
    • Applications should be submitted to the UCSD on-line application collection system, AP-On-Line Recruit, at: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF02652 

  • Lecturer of Upper Division Course, DOC 100D
    • Appointments vary from one to three quarters.  Ideal candidate will have a M.A. or terminal degree in a pertinent field with research experience in intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and other categories of difference in U.S. society, history, and culture, as well as solid teaching experience in composition or other writing programs in a University setting.  Last review date: February 28, 2021.
    • Applications should be submitted to the UCSD on-line application collection system, AP-On-Line Recruit, at: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF02653

Teaching Assistant Recruitment

The Dimensions of Culture Program employs graduate students as part-time Teaching Assistants.  Applications are accepted through the Instructional Assistant Data Management System.  For more information, see: http://ugcbo.ucsd.edu/ta/