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Pacific Humanities Scholars Program
Ray Rennard, Ph.D.
Director of Pacific Humanities Scholars Program, Associate Professor of Philosophy


Students have a class on the lawn.



"Art is the intentional act of using your 

humanity to create change."

--Seth Godin



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 explore and diversify their passions among like-minded students and faculty. This accelerated program offers students the opportunity to complete their B.A. degree within three years, although students may opt to complete the program in four. The curriculum does not sacrifice the breadth requirements of Pacific's nationally acclaimed General Education program, giving students a well-rounded liberal arts education while enabling them to study a particular area of interest in more depth if they so choose.

Choice of Majors

The Pacific Humanities Scholars program encompasses the following majors:

In addition, students have the opportunity to self-design their major, drawing from a combination of disciplines within or outside of the humanities. The advantage of a self-designed major is that it requires fewer units than a traditional double major, while allowing students to delve into the themes and topics that interest them the most. Examples of previous self-designed majors include: 

  • Theatre Arts, International Relations, and Physics
  • Art and Computer Science 
  • Animation and Storytelling
  • Philosophy and Business
  • Culture and Identity Studies

Ashley Colombo and Kat Elliott at SFMoMA

Think Tank for the Humanities

We like to think of the Pacific Humanities Scholars program as a living laboratory of ideas. 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.

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.

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 topics across disciplines. Students can expect to have close interaction with their professors that will keep them engaged in learning and participate in scholarship that can be tailored to their particular interests or needs.

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. If you are a prospective student who is interested in joining the program, please indicate it on your application to Pacific. You can also apply by emailing our program directly (details below).

Humanities Scholars with the Spring 2016 edition of Calliope

Contact Information

All inquiries can be directed to our program email:

Direct inquiries can also be addressed to: 

Dr. Ray Rennard
Program Director
Phone: 209.946.2127

Kathryn Harlan-Gran
Administrative Assistant