Summary: THE NEW DOC
The Dimensions of Culture Program has served as the Marshall College core curriculum and writing
program since the early 1990s. DOC was designed as an intensive set of three courses to explore the
American experience through the complex and controversial issues regarding the social and political
implications of inequality and the asymmetries of power associated with historical and contemporary
racial, ethnic, gender, and class hierarchies. The core curriculum served as content-driven writing
instruction. Successful completion of the lower-division DOC sequence fulfills the University of
California writing requirement.
Various criticisms were leveled at DOC in the last few years, and faculty and student investigations
concluded that changes needed to be made. Those changes have been implemented and have resulted in a
· Two senior professors (Robert Cancel Literature, and Robert Horwitz Communication, both of
whom helped develop and teach the original DOC curriculum) are now the Co-Directors of the DOC
Program and oversee its reinvention and its day-to-day operation.
· A new set of senior professors drawn from the departments of Communication, History, Literature,
Political Science, Sociology, and Theatre & Dance have met and have formulated new course logic,
content, and syllabi. Among other things, the courses are more strongly rooted in history, with more
focused, accessible, and doable reading assignments.
· DOC 1 retains its focus on questions of inequality, but is now more rooted in historical texts rather than
abstract theoretical readings.