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Pacific Humanities Scholars Program
Courtney Lehmann, Ph.D.
Director of Pacific Humanities Scholars Program, Professor of English / Film Studies


Students have a class on the lawn.

  “Art is the intentional act of using your humanity to create change.”

  — Seth Godin, 2010

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:

In addition, students have the option to self-design a major, drawing from components of the various disciplines.

Students at the War Memorial Opera House after a performance of

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.

Career Focus

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

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.

Scholars Ariel and Greg study together.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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 Jessie George.

Phone: 425.495.3797

E-mail: j_george6@u.pacific.edu 

Dr. Courtney LehmannProgram Director

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:

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Phone: 209.946.2609