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DOC 1: Reading Diversity

DOC 1, "Reading Diversity," is a four-unit course offered every fall quarter. 

Course Description

In DOC 1, students practice the critical reading skills necessary to succeed academically through an exploration of the promises and paradoxes in U.S. history, culture, and society.  Students read a diverse selection of texts (from historical primary documents to social science theory) to see the many different ways an argument can be presented, supported, and debated.  Through sustained analysis of these texts throughout the quarter, students will gain a broad overview of the histories of multiple communities in the U.S., the origins of social stratification and structural inequities, and the movements for social and economic equality.

Prerequisites and Enrollment

Incoming first-year students will be able to enroll in DOC 1 via WebReg during their mid-August enrollment appointments.  The prerequisite for DOC 1 is satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing Requirement OR concurrent enrollment in AWP 3.  Students who have been placed into AWP 3 ("Analytical Writing") may be enrolled in that course during the same quarter they are enrolled in DOC 1.  Students who have been placed into AWP 4A-B ("Analytical Writing and Academic English") will be able to enroll in DOC 1 after they have successfully completed those courses and their Academic History shows they have met the Entry Level Writing Requirement.  

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. 

This course is restricted to Thurgood Marshall College students, and must be taken for a Letter Grade.  If you have questions about enrolling in DOC, please submit them through New Triton Advising (incoming freshmen) or the Virtual Advising Center (continuing students). 

Lecturers for Fall Quarter 2022

Please see the Schedule of Classes for more information.

Specific Information for Fall Quarter 2022

As a program, DOC is dedicated to delivering safe and quality instruction that centers public health, student access, and anti-racist learning.  All students who are enrolled in DOC 1 will be emailed at the end of August or beginning of September with more information. Please check your UCSD email regularly for the most recent updates from DOC. 

Enrolled students should be able to access the DOC 1 syllabus and other material on Canvas
DOC 1 2022 Section Schedule with Teaching Assistants' Names.

General questions can be sent to

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