Selective, Accelerated Program for the Humanities
The unique and selective Pacific Humanities Scholars program at Pacific--the only program of its kind in the country--allows high-achieving students to complete their B.A. degree within three years, although students may opt to complete the program in four years. The curriculum does not sacrifice the breadth requirements of Pacific's nationally acclaimed General Education program, giving students a well-rounded liberal arts education.
Choice of Majors
The Pacific Humanities Scholars program encompasses the following majors:
- Art and Art History
- Graphic Design
- Modern Languages (French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian)
- Religious and Classical Studies
- Theatre Arts
In addition, students have the option to self-design a major, drawing from components of the various disciplines.
Think Tank for the Humanities
We like to think of the Pacific Humanities Scholars program as a living laboratory of ideas--in other words, a think tank for the humanities! Through the program, Pacific Humanities Scholars enjoy the community of students and faculty who are passionate about the humanities disciplines. Classroom learning is supplemented with a range of extracurricular events, activities and projects that allow deeper exploration of the humanities disciplines than a traditional degree program affords. Activities will include attendance at world-premiere theatrical events, film festivals, gallery exhibitions, lectures, poetry readings and more.
While planning your course of academic study is central to our program, your post-graduation plans are equally important. From the very first day of school, Pacific Humanities Scholars have the benefit of a personal career counselor. Dedicated exclusively to the Scholars program, your counselor helps to refine your focus, discover new opportunities, and chart a course of action for success in today's highly competitive marketplace.
Digital literacy is a hallmark of the Pacific Humanities Scholars program. Working with Computer Science majors, Pacific Humanities Scholars will explore matters of social justice by developing an applied understanding of how information technology can be deployed as a central agent of change. Students may be inspired by the role social networking has played in the demonstrations of "Arab Spring" and its potential to create or enhance participatory democracy.
Small Class Sizes
Small class sizes are a hallmark of the College of the Pacific, and we believe this characteristic is especially beneficial to the study of the humanities. Smaller classes facilitate more dynamic discussions and multifaceted analysis of the topic. Students can expect to have close interaction with their professors that will keep them engaged in learning.
To be considered for selection in the Pacific Humanities Scholars program, students must have achieved a minimum of 1250 on the SAT and 3.6 GPA.
Interview dates for the remainder of the year must be made by special appointment with Administrative Assistant Kelsey Belomy.
Phone: (925) 858-2065
Dr. Courtney Lehmann
Director, Pacific Humanities Scholars Program
Director, Pacific Humanities Center
Professor, English Department / Film Studies
To learn more about the Pacific Humanities Scholars program, please contact Dr. Courtney Lehmann at: