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DOC 1: Diversity

DOC 1: Diversity – offered every fall quarter – is designed to provide a broad overview of the histories of multiple communities and to explore the origins of social stratification in the United States.

Course Description

In this four-unit course, students will acquire a basic understanding of some of the foundational ideas that underlie U.S. history, as well as tools for analyzing the contradictions that arose as the nation developed. 

Central aspects of DOC 1 include colonialism and white supremacy, successive waves of immigration, movements for social and economic equality, and the rise of corporate power. 

Although students will be asked to learn key dates, names, and events, the course is less a traditional history course than a critical overview of recurring tensions in U.S. society.

Prerequisites and Enrollment

If you have questions about enrolling in DOC, please submit them through the New Student Site (incoming freshmen) or the Virtual Advising Center (continuing students). Students who have been placed into AWP 1 ("Analytical Writing") may be enrolled in that course concurrently with DOC 1.  Students who have been placed into AWP 2 ("Analytical Writing and Academic English") will not be able to enroll in DOC 1 until they have completed those courses. 

DOC 1 lectures (meeting type "LE" in the Schedule of Classes) begin Friday of Week “Zero.”  DOC 1 discussion sections (meeting type "DI") will meet for the first time Week One.  Adding and dropping DOC sections may be done via WebReg until Friday afternoon of Week One.  Since "switching" discussion sections involves dropping one class and adding another, it can only be done if there is an opening in the class a student wishes to add.  In other words, students may not enroll in a class which is already full. 

Lecturers for Fall Quarter 2019

DOC 1 Lectures are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Solis Hall 107. 

See DOC's People page for office locations and current Office Hours.

Specific Information for Fall Quarter 2019

DOC 1 2019 Section Schedule with Teaching Assistants' Names
Class days, times, and locations can also be found in UCSD's Schedule of Classes.

Students who are enrolled in DOC 1 will be emailed information in mid-September about ordering the required textbooks (they will not be available at the campus bookstore in the Price Center.) 

All enrolled students will be able to access the syllabus, assignments, additional material, and notices via Canvas. Go to Course Finder for more information:

Depicted in image above – top row left to right: Larry Itliong, Dolores Huerta, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr. 
bottom row left to right: Patrice Lumumba, Emiliano Zapata, Sojourner Truth, Angela Davis