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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 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 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

Humanities Scholars with the Spring 2016 edition of Calliope

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 and which 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 college student who is interested in joining the program, please indicate it on your application to Pacific. You can also apply by emailing our Administrative Assistant Kathryn Harlan-Gran (details below).

Contact Information

Kathryn Harlan-Gran
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 209.996.9007

Dr. Courtney Lehmann
Program Director
Phone: 209.946.2609