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Warren College

Earl Warren College, founded in 1974 as Fourth College, was later named for the 3-term California governor and chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. His public leadership is remembered for the broad-based support he achieved during a period of U.S. history marked by dramatic changes. Despite the charged political climate, he swept the Democratic, Republican, and Progressive California gubernatorial primaries in 1946, winning him not only leadership of the state but a place in history.

Appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower as chief justice in 1953, Warren presided over many significant cases. The most controversial of these was the landmark 1954 decision in "Brown v. Board of Education," which legally ended racial segregation in public schools.

Warren College is committed to helping its students gain the intellectual, social, and decision-making skills necessary to assume responsible global citizenship. Warren sponsors the Law and Society Minor, the Health-Care Social Issues Minor, and the Academic Internship Program.

General education at Warren

Warren’s general education program prepares students intellectually, socially, and professionally for life as responsible citizen-scholars and encourages them to seek a path "toward a life in balance" – the college’s motto.

Warren’s general education program requires:

  • 2 courses in university-level writing through the Warren Writing Program
  • 2 courses in ethics and society. Taught by faculty from the departments of philosophy and political science, these courses prepare students to make informed decisions regarding the moral conflicts of our time, especially those with social, political, or legal dimensions, in their roles as citizens, professionals, and members of their communities.
  • 2 courses in formal skills (calculus, symbolic logic, computer programming and/or statistics)
  • For students pursuing B.A./B.S. degrees in the arts and sciences: 2 programs of concentration, both noncontiguous to the major and to each other, 12 courses total*
  • For students pursuing B.S. degrees in engineering: 1 area of study in the humanities/ fine arts and 1 area of study in the social sciences, 6 courses total*

* A departmental minor may be substituted for a program of concentration or area of study.