Pacific Seminar Program
The general education program is divided into three components: the Pacific seminars, Breadth program, and fundamental skills. The requirements below must be met before a student graduates with a bachelor’s degree or a first professional degree.
All students who enter the University as freshmen must complete the three Pacific Seminars. A “freshman” is defined as a student who has earned fewer than 16 units of transferable, classroom college level work completed after high school graduation; however, freshman students admitted to the honors program are required to complete Pacific Seminars I and II regardless of the number of college units completed after high school.
Freshmen entering in the Fall semester must take Pacific Seminar I in the Fall and Pacific Seminar II in the Spring unless they are deferred from the Pacific Seminar Program and required to take developmental work in reading and writing. Freshmen entering in the Spring semester and freshman entering in the Fall semester who are deferred from the Pacific Seminar Program will take Pacific Seminar I in the first appropriate Fall semester and Pacific Seminar II in the following Spring semester.
Students are not allowed to drop Pacific Seminar I or II for any reason, even if they plan to transfer to another college or university. The Pacific Seminars must be taken for a letter grade. Students who fail Pacific Seminar I or II are subject to academic probation and must repeat them in the next academic year. Students must pass Pacific Seminar I (“D” or better) in order to take Pacific Seminar II. Students can repeat a different Pacific Seminar II course. If students do not pass Pacific Seminars I or II in their first four semesters, they are subject to disqualification and must complete an additional course in the general education breadth program as determined by the student’s general education unit coordinator. The Pacific Seminars cannot be repeated if students earn a "D" or higher.
All transfer students must complete Pacific Seminar III.