UCLA officials propose diversity class requirement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — University of California, Los Angeles officials are proposing that most undergraduate students be required to take a class in racial cultural, gender or religious diversity in order to graduate.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1j0n78g ) that this is the fourth effort to bring to UCLA a requirement that is already at most UC campuses and many other universities. But the curriculum change has been repeatedly rejected by the university's largest faculty group.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block says it's important for students to have an explicit class that deals with multiple cultures in the United States living together.

Previous proposals have been met with questions about whether students were already overburdened with requirements, whether the university could afford extra classes, or if the classes improve ethnic relations or skew left politically.