Curriculum reform FAQs

Dominican University of California is embarking on an exciting initiative to innovate our curricular offerings. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, Dominican will be migrating from our current three-unit course curriculum to a four-unit curriculum system.

1) Why is Dominican doing this?

Dominican recognizes the world is rapidly evolving and as a result, the programs and courses we offer must align with the issues of today, the needs of our students, and the skills employers demand of college graduates. Whether you’re studying the sciences, arts and humanities, education, or business, we are committed to providing the best and most relevant education possible so graduates leave with the critical skills necessary for a successful transition into the workplace.


2) What benefit does a four-unit curriculum offer me?

We asked students to weigh in about what they wanted to see in curricular innovation, and one of the resounding answers was the ability to double major. Our new four-unit curriculum will allow most students the option to double major.

In addition, the new four-unit structure allows faculty to provide deeper learning experiences in their subject areas. It also provides students with more school/work/life balance during their time at Dominican as they will take fewer courses to meet graduation requirements.


3) I’m a graduate student. Do these changes affect me?

Some graduate programs will be affected by these changes. Your advisor will work with you if you are affected by these changes.


4) How do these changes affect me if I am currently enrolled at Dominican?

There will be an overlap period in which students will be in our current curriculum during the 2018-2019 academic year, but smoothly transitioned into the new curriculum for the 2019-2020 academic year.


5) Will these changes affect my graduation date?

No. We have designed the transition to be seamless and to keep you on track for your graduation, assuming you continue taking a full class load each semester.


6) How will curriculum reform impact my area of study?

Dominican’s entire faculty engaged in the curriculum redesign process, and the impact varies by school and program. We are excited to offer new majors and minors in many of our schools.


Detailed information, by academic program, will be released later this fall. Academic advisors are also available to help you navigate through the changes.