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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Click on a Frequently Asked Question below to see the answer. 

If you have a question about the Dimensions of Culture Program that is NOT answered here, please e-mail the DOC office at

Will Winter Quarter 2022 DOC 2 classes be in-person?

Yes, per UC San Diego campus-wide policies and protocols regarding modes of instruction (, the Dimensions of Culture Program classes will be held in-person following public health guidelines.  As a program, DOC is dedicated to delivering safe and quality instruction that centers public health, student access, and anti-racist learning.  DOC is adopting best practices from the 2020-2021 remote learning experience to enhance in-person instruction.  Please check your UCSD email regularly for the most recent updates from DOC. 

What if I cannot come to campus for Winter Quarter 2022 because of extenuating circumstances? Will there be remote versions of DOC 2?

We know that some students will be unable to return to campus in person by January 3, either because of international travel restrictions, housing difficulties, or COVID-related complications.  For these reasons, the DOC Program is planning to offer a limited number of DOC 2 discussion sections that will be entirely remote.  (This is not yet indicated in the Schedule of Classes.)  Students approved to enroll in these remote sections will watch recordings of the lectures, and will participate synchronously in online sections.  Students who anticipate a need for a fully-remote DOC 2 class should email the DOC office at about the possibility of enrolling in a synchronous online discussion section of DOC 2. 

Can I take DOC 1 concurrently with AWP 3?

Students who are placed into AWP 3 (Analytical Writing) are allowed to take that class concurrently (during the same quarter) with DOC 1 if they wish.  If a student prefers to complete AWP 3 first by itself, that student will not be penalized for waiting until their sophomore year to take DOC 1, DOC 2, and DOC 3.  

Can I take DOC 1 concurrently with AWP 4A or AWP 4B?

No, students who are placed into AWP 4A and 4B (Analytical Writing and Academic English) must successfully complete those courses and have their Academic History be updated to show satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing Requirement before they can enroll in DOC 1.

Do all Marshall College students take the whole DOC sequence?

That depends.  All students should review their own course recommendations provided by the TMC Academic Advising Office. 

  • All incoming TMC first-year students will take DOC 1, DOC 2, and DOC 3.
  • Transfer students should consult with Marshall Academic Advising about their particular requirements prior to enrolling in any DOC course.

Do I have to take the DOC sequence in order?

Yes, because the courses build upon each other, students must take the DOC sequence in order — DOC 1 in the Fall, DOC 2 in the Winter, and DOC 3 in the Spring.  The prerequisite for DOC 2 is completion of DOC 1 and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing Requirement.  The prerequisite for DOC 3 is completion of DOC 2. 

If the section I want to enroll in is full, should I put myself on a waitlist?

Rather than putting yourself on a Waitlist, you should look at all the sections which have openings, and go ahead and enroll in whichever one fits your schedule. The only way you will get into a class that you are waitlisted for is if someone who is in the class drops it, and since DOC classes are relatively small, the chances of that happening are slim. Keep in mind that you often won’t be able to create your "ideal" class schedule, and in order to take the classes you need you may be inconvenienced to some degree. 

Where do I find the syllabus for my DOC course?

All enrolled students will be able to access the syllabus, assignments, additional material, and notices via Canvas.

What is the difference between DOC lectures and discussion sections?

Our lectures meet three times a week in large rooms that can accommodate the approximately 300 students enrolled in each one.  The lectures are taught by instructors who have earned PhD degrees, so students should refer to them using the "Dr." title.  Fewer than 15 students are enrolled in each DOC discussion section, which are taught by graduate student Teaching Assistants (or instructors who hold a Masters or PhD degree) in smaller classrooms.  DOC 1 sections meet once a week, and sections for DOC 2 and DOC 3 meet twice a week.

How do I know who my Teaching Assistant is?

See the current quarter’s section schedule under Specific Information on the course page (for example,  These lists with the names of the Teaching Assistants assigned to each discussion section will posted at the beginning of the quarter. Students should choose their DOC section based on its day and time.  The TA assignments are never finalized until the week before each quarter.  TA office locations and office hours are posted under Course Contact Information on Canvas.

Do DOC discussion sections meet the first week of the quarter?

The short answer is YES. But keep in mind that UC San Diego classes start on Thursday of "Week Zero" during Fall Quarter. DOC 1 sections start the following week, which is "Week One." So in the Fall Quarter, you will most likely go to DOC 1 lectures two or three times before your first DOC 1 discussion section meets. But in the Winter and Spring Quarters, discussion sections start on the Tuesday or Wednesday of the first week of classes.

How do I get in touch with my TA outside of class?

See Course Contact Information > Teaching Assistants' Contact Info on Canvas.  If you have another class during the scheduled office hours, email the TA and ask them for an appointment at another time that works for you both. Keep in mind that your TA’s job is officially only half-time, so he/she/they may not get back to you right away. TAs are not required to be on campus or to respond to email every day.

Does DOC offer help specifically for international students?

Yes!  Assistance with DOC writing assignments is available to students whose first language is not English.  Our dedicated tutor, Gwen Fish, can offer assistance at different stages of the writing process, including getting started, making a plan, revising drafts, and understanding feedback.  Gwen's hours for each quarter will be announced by your DOC lecturer and will be posted on Canvas.

Where can I find additional help on a writing project?

The Teaching + Learning Commons, located in Geisel Library, provides free writing tutoring for all students through the Writing Hub. Make an appointment with one of their writing consultants for individualized feedback on any writing project at any stage of the writing process, including DOC 1, 2, and 3. Visit the Writing Hub website to find their consultation hours and make an appointment.

I think I lost something in one of the classrooms. What should I do?

First, make sure your name and/or PID is marked prominently inside all your books, notebooks, cell phones, pencil cases, etc.  This way if the item gets turned in to a campus office the staff can look you up on TritonLink to contact you. If found items have no identifiable markings, they can end up at Campus Lost & Found, which is located at the Police Station, (858) 534-4361.

I have concerns about my DOC course grade from last quarter. What do I do?

To begin a grade review process, please email and ask for instructions. The DOC Directors handle all grade review requests for the DOC program, and should there be a reason to initiate a change in a course grade, it can be done through the end of the following quarter.  Please keep in mind the Dimensions of Culture Program does not “round up” students’ grades as that would constitute artificial grade inflation and is not an ethical practice.  

I took DOC a few years ago, and am now trying to transfer to another school, but there is no English Composition on my transcript and the new school is questioning it. What can I do?

Composition instruction at UC San Diego is offered by writing programs in the seven individual undergraduate colleges. The Dimensions of Culture Program is the writing program at Thurgood Marshall College. Students who have completed the DOC sequence have satisfied the University of California Writing Requirement. See