Plans to Eliminate Multicultural and International Breadth Requirements at UCI

UPDATE (message sent to members of Save the Multicultural Requirement):

So it seems that the campuswide Committee on Educational Policy is not considering “removing” categories 7 and 8 (the muticultural studies and international/global issues requirements) from the list of general education requirements entirely. Instead, they will consider diminishing these requirements. They are proposing that Requirements 7 and 8 be met only by classes which also meet GE Requirement 2, 3 or 4 (Science and Technology, Social and Behavioral Science, or Arts and Humanities). There are 17 classes which now meet the multicultural or international issues requirements but don’t also satisfy requirement 2, 3 and 4. This list includes sociology and poli sci classes and a chic/latino studies class, among others.

The question is, what will happen to these 17 classes? If they are not expressly cut, removing them from a list of classes which satisfy a GE requirement will severely reduce enrollment. Either way, a proposal like this will functionally, if not nominally, remove the multicultural component of education at UCI. Although the issue is not as clear cut as it seemed, the energy that we have put into it so far should not go away. The elimination of ANY classes from the Multicultural Breadth Requirement cannot be tolerated right now.


Original post:

On May 6 UCI’s Committee on Education Policy will be voting on a proposal to eliminate the multicultural and international breadth requirements despite appeals made by students to make ethnic studies a stronger focus.

A petition has been written calling for signatures to support saving the multicultural requirement:

To:  Academic Senate Council on Educational Policy

Re: Multicultural Studies Requirement

We write to communicate our great concern about the possibility of eliminating the multicultural studies requirement for University of California, Irvine. A multicultural studies requirement is essential to students learning how different cultures interact to shape individual identity.

Given the instances of hate on various campuses in the University of California system just this year, it is clear that the campus community lacks a general understanding of other cultures. In order to foster a safe campus without discrimination, students must understand others’ identities.

We are opposed to the elimination of the multicultural studies requirement and want our UC education to reflect the tapestry of cultures at UCI. Please let this multicultural studies requirement stand.


The Undersigned

Sign the petition here:


3 responses to “Plans to Eliminate Multicultural and International Breadth Requirements at UCI

  1. Pingback: May 6 Vote to Jeopardize the Current “Multicultural” and “International” Breadth Requirements @ UC Irvine « UC Rebel Radio

  2. UCB Chancellor Birgeneau Loss of Credibility, Trust
    The UCB budget gap has grown to $150 million, and still the Chancellor is spending money that isn’t there on expensive outside consultants. His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the “innovative thinking, expertise, and new knowledge” the consultants would bring.

    Does this mean that the faculty and management of a world-class research and teaching institution lack the knowledge, impartiality, innovation, and professionalism to come up with solutions? Have they been fudging their research for years? The consultants will glean their recommendations from interviewing faculty and the UCB management that hired them; yet solutions could be found internally if the Chancellor were doing the job HE was hired to do. Consultant fees would be far better spent on meeting the needs of students.

    There can be only one conclusion as to why creative solutions have not been forthcoming from the professionals within UCB: Chancellor Birgeneau has lost credibility and the trust of the faculty as well as of the Academic Senate leadership that represents them. Even if the faculty agrees with the consultants’ recommendations – disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy – the underlying problem of lost credibility and trust will remain.

    Milan & Margaret Moravec

  3. You think forcing racists to sit through Marxist-feminist nonsense is going to make them sympathize with the objects of their hatred? To clarify, I am a feminist–it’s just Marxist feminism (and other Marxism-influenced branches of supposed inquiry) that I denigrate here; I’m also not far from a socialist, but Marxism is philosophically bankrupt and it saddens me to see it foisted on, well, anyone.

    About those racists, I would guess these classes would make them more hostile. The non-racist students already love rap etc anyway. Why not require more biology classes, so that racists can learn something objective to counter their stereotyped thinking, rather than easily-dismissed po-mo bs? This seems like a thinly-veiled attempt to improve the chances of some Ethnic Studies assistant professors getting tenure by artificially boosting class sizes. This kind of self-serving political opportunism only provides fodder to the Glenn Becks and other teabaggers of the world.

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